Bernard “Bernie” Tomaino, 84, of Rome, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare. He was born in Utica on September 21, 1933, the son of the late Michael and Frances LaPaglia Tomaino.
Bernie served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1951-1953 and was awarded two Purple Hearts. After being Honorably Discharged, Bernie went back to school and earned a degree from the Utica School of Commerce.
On November 3, 1961, he married Eleanor Hoffman in Utica and together they shared a wonderful union of 56 years.
Bernie worked at Griffiss Air Force Base before going on to have a long career with the US Postal Service.
He was a member of the 82nd Airborne CNY Chapter, the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 490 of Utica, the Rome VFW Post #2246, and the Henry P. Smith Post #24 American Legion.
Surviving besides his loving wife Eleanor is a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Robert Langdon of Rome; two grandchildren, Charles (Amber) Mizer and Krystal (Paul) Kucerek; a great-grandson, Parker, and one on the way; a former son-in-law, Daniel Mizer; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Carterelli.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Transfiguration Church. Interment will take place in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bernie’s memory may be made to the Humane Society of Rome.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome.
You may light a candle, send a message of sympathy, and read the obituary at www.nunnandharper.com.