Philomena Schraft, age 87, went to her Lord up in Heaven on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. She was born in Rome N.Y. on April 1, 1930 to Joseph and Rose Polce Macri.
She was educated in Rome schools. Philomena worked various part-time jobs until marrying Mr. John Fiaschetti on August 27, 1949. She enjoyed raising her family and years of homemaking.
Empty nesting prompted her to later take a position with the Rome Cable Co. It was there she was introduced to then co-worker and former navy man William Schraft. They soon married.
They enjoyed dinners out, dancing and joined various clubs such as the Moose Club. Mr. Schraft passed away in 1996.
Philomena enjoyed activities at the senior centers. She kept busy working 2 days weekly, and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren — especially the holidays. She loved listening to her favorite music, going out to dinner in Sylvan Beach, shopping, and hanging out with her daughter Veronica. That time for Mom and me was a true joy. She absolutely loved the Lord and life, quoting: “Your life is what you make it.”
Philomena loved going to St. John the Baptist Church to Mass or just sitting in a quiet church. As a little girl, Grandma Macri took her almost daily to the old St. John’s Church. They both loved it there.
Our mother was the most gentle, beautiful woman, who loved all her children unconditionally. Mom had a beautiful singing voice, growing up it was a blessing to hear all through the house. Home was a cozy and warm place. Always speaking respectful and uplifting words to everyone, mom would say “you’ve got to get along with people in our world!”
“What a sense of humor, thank God — no one ever made me laugh harder. I learned everything that matters from Mom. She taught that God is first, she made this clear even before we started church school you learned He is above everyone and everything.
I thank God for the 63 years I was given with Mom and for being next to her as she went home to her Lord. I look forward to the time every one of us will be together again. The Lord is good.”
Philomena is survived by her children, John and Pat Fiaschetti, Mike Fiaschetti, Veronica and Jack Capponi, Kathleen and Marty Gomez, Frank and Sarah Fiaschetti; grandchildren, John Fiaschetti, Tracy and Frank George, Tricia and Jason Fiaschetti-Gustavson, Tara A. Capponi, Jack A. Capponi, Courtney and Cat Davis-Gomez, Lisa and Nick Rotundo, Mary Fiaschetti, Carly and Justin Bonaventura; great-grandchildren Dominique and Krista Griggs, Frankie, Olivia and Ashley George, Gabriel and Elijah Bonaventura; special niece Joanne and Bill Civiok, several nephews and nieces; and brothers-in-law Mike and Gloria Fiaschetti, and Gregory and Lucy Fiaschetti. She was predeceased by John Fiaschetti, William Schraft; a step-daughter, Lori Schraft; brothers, Gregory Procopio (and wife), Joseph Macri (and wife), Fred Macri; beloved sister, Mary Giordano; sisters-in-law Teresa Macri and Mary Logalbo, beloved sister-in-law Lena Hatfield; brothers-in-law, Rocco, Louis, Mario, James, Anthony, Samuel, Henry Fiaschetti, and Joe Giordano; nephews Gregory Macri and David Daiuto; and nieces Rose Macri and Eleanor Kellogg and her beloved daughter Savanah.
We would like to thank all the CNAs, nurses and doctors who gave such good care to Mom. They truly became family to me.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 in St. John the Baptist Church with Rev. Abraham Esper officiating, followed by a burial ceremony in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Bottini Funeral Home.