Date of Passing: June 2nd, 2016leave a condolence read condolences
Yolanda Pedone, 91, of North Utica, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, with her loving family by her side. She was born February 17, 1925, in Utica, the daughter of the late Sebastiano and Maria Salamida Gigante and was a graduate of Proctor High School. On May 29, 1948, at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church, Utica, she married Andrew J. Pedone, a loving union of 68 years. Prior to becoming a full time homemaker, a job she truly loved, she was employed by Griffiss Air Force Base as a civilian employee. She was a devout Catholic and was a parishioner of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish. Mrs. Pedone was also a member of the Adoration Society of St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church, taught religious instruction at St. Mark's Church and was a member of the YWCA swim group. Yolanda was devoted to her family, was an excellent cook who never let you leave her home hungry and lived by these words, "if you were a friend, you were family". She is survived by her husband, Andy; four children, (son) Ken and Diane Pedone of Whitesboro, (son) Andy and Michele Pedone of Tampa, FL, (daughter) Mary and Steve Cole of Rochester and (son) Joseph and Melissa Pedone of Schuyler; eight grandchildren, Christopher and JoAnne Pedone, Jessica and Rob Willson, Andrew "AJ" Pedone, Matthew and Danielle Cole and Lexi, Joe, Nick and Katie Pedone; three great-grandchildren, Julia, Ryan and Jane Pedone; her sister, Filomena Rena of Lee Center; her sister-in-law, Angie Pedone Longo of Utica; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Augustine J. "AJ" Pedone; and her four brothers and two sisters. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 am at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish, Utica. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday from 4-7 pm at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Homes, Court at York Streets, Utica. Arrangements are with the Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., New Hartford. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or a charity of your choice.
Andy & family, I am sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. My thoughts are with you.
Aunt Yo always made our family feel special and deeply loved every time we saw her. She was so caring and helpful when we needed it most. She's a cherished family member that will be sorely missed. Much love to Uncle Andy and our cousins.
Camille Marcoccia Calenda
Andy & Family...I have many great memories of Yolanda that mostly have to do with food, especially cookies and her sneaky way of slipping a twenty into my pocket without me knowing. She was a wonderful godmother and will be greatly missed.
Uncle Andy and cousins. We are sad to hear of Aunt Yo's passing. She was a great lady and I will always cherish my memories of her. There were so many great family gatherings together with my parents, brothers and sister, cousins and our aunts and uncles. We love you all. God bless your family during this difficult time.
To Uncle Andy and Cousins Ken, Andy, Mary, and Joe. Remembering so many fun weekends and holidays together while we were growing up, and thinking of you all during these difficult days. My love to you all.
Judy Gigante Smith
Our deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother.
Beth and Joe Pedulla
Beth and Joe Pedulla