Anna M. Ionta
Date of Passing: November 27th, 2017leave a condolence read condolences
Anna M. Ionta, 96, of Utica, affectionately known as "Anna Banana, My Mom", passed away Monday, November 27, 2017 at Utica Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. She was born September 17, 1921, in Utica, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Marose Amendola and was a member of the first graduating class at Proctor High School in 1939. She was employed with Neiser's Department Store in downtown Utica, where she met her future husband. On April 17, 1945, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Utica, she married Silvio D. Ionta, a loving union of 62 years. She later worked with Commercial Traveler's Insurance, retiring in 1986. Her beloved husband passed away December 29, 2007. Anna was the family "caretaker", caring for her mother for many years until she passed away. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and sister and always kept an immaculate home. Mrs. Ionta was a member of the US Postal Service Auxiliary. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary and Joseph Caruso of Utica; three granddaughters, Deborah Caruso of Syracuse, Gina Caruso of San Antonio, TX and Kelly Caruso Sink and her companion, Patrick Askew of Albany; two great grandchildren, Caleb and Chloe Rose Sink; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, Dominick Amendola. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11 AM in the Chapel of the Utica Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, 2535 Genesee Street, Utica. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday from 5-7 pm at the Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., 13 Oxford Road, New Hartford. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the entire staff of the Utica Rehabilitation & Nursing Center and St. Joseph's Nursing Home for the many years of wonderful and compassionate care given to Anna. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a charity of your choice in Anna's
Dear Rosemary and Joe and Girls and Family: my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Your mother was always so dear in my heart. She had a special gentle, kind, loving soul. Love, Christine Guarini & children
I have very fond memories of Anna she was a very sweet kind hearted woman and she had a smile that would light up a room up a room. My sincere condolences to the family
Dear Rosemary, I remember your Mother fondly from St. Jo's. She was an absolutely beautiful and loving woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Rosemary Joe, and family so sorry for the loss of you Mom and Grandma. Our thoughts and p
Rosemary, Joe, and family,so sorry for the loss of your Mom and Grandma. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless
Mr and Mrs James Cannistra
Aunt Annie and Uncle Sil helped make some of my first and finest memories. I will never forget the ever-ready Christmas tree, wonderful cooking, and one of the warmest loving households I've ever been in. My thoughts and prayers go out to you Rosemary, all of the Caruso's and extended family. I hope you can find comfort in this time of loss.
Suzannah Brasher (Rose Cirmo's daughter)
Gina and family, I am sorry for your loss and am sending you warm thoughts and comfort from San Antonio in this time of grief.
Rosemary and family, So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your parents. Sending loving thoughts and prayers at this time
I love you Aunt Annie. Thank you for many, many years of love & laughter from you & Uncle Sil. Rosemary...my heart is with you.
Rosanne Cirmo Brasher