AUBURN | Rocco Thomas Criazzo, 86, of Auburn, passed away peacefully after an extended illness early Friday morning, March 1, 2019, at the Matthew House surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Auburn, the son of the late James and Maria Spano Criazzo and had been a life resident. Rocco attended West High School and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Army, having served honorably during the Korean War. Rocco would work for several years at the former Alco Products and retired after more than 30 years of service for Red Star Express. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying shooting skeet and trap and was a member of the Cayuga County Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, and camping, and was the master at starting and maintaining the camp fires. But Rocco’s true passion was his maintaining of an impeccable lawn. He took great pride in keeping his home and his belongings in exemplary fashion, especially his vehicles, which were always in pristine condition. Rocco cherished the times spent with his family and will be sadly missed by all of them.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Donna Wallace Criazzo, of Auburn; two daughters, Melanie (James) Aubin, and Roxanne (Ken) Del Favero, all of Auburn; a son, Rocco (Heather) Criazzo Jr., of Ohio; six grandchildren, Thomas (Kiley) Aubin, Michele Aubin, Samuel (Georgia) Del Favero, Jolene (Mike Ianari) Del Favero, Andrew (Amber) Del Favero, and Joseph Criazzo; six great-grandchildren, Kayla, Alivia, Mia, Alexandria, Maximus, and Leah; two sisters, Mary Brooks and Ann Testa; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Rocco was predeceased by three brothers, Cosmo, Joseph, and Michael Criazzo, and a sister, Frances Stolarow.
There are no calling hours. A memorial Mass for family and friends will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. this Thursday in St. Alphonsus Church. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded.
Due to the exceptional care and compassion that was shown to Rocco during his stay at the Matthew House, the family would like any donations to be made in his memory to the Matthew House, 43 Metcalf Drive, Auburn, NY 13021.