Ronald T. ‘Ron’ Mandronico
NEW HARTFORD — Mr. Ronald T. “Ron” Mandronico passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in the comfort of his home with his wife by his side.
Born in Rome, NY, Ronald was the son of the late Angelo “Barney” and Mary (Marchesani) Mandronico. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and pursued his post-graduate work at the State University of NY at Oswego earning a Master of Arts degree in English. On July 7, 1989 he married the former LouAnn Beratta with whom he shared 28 years. They blended their lives and souls, and enjoyed each other so very much. They were blessed with a wonderful life, and Ron will live in LouAnn’s heart until they meet again. They will love each other,… always.
Ron’s career as an English and Journalism teacher at T.R. Proctor High School spanned 35 years. An exemplary educator, he met his responsibilities in the classroom with excellence, equity, and empathy. He had a respectful rapport with his students, colleagues, and administrators. He served as an adviser for the school newspaper, “Pacemaker” and the National Honor Society. Ron retired from his teaching profession in 2001. During the summer months, he followed his passion as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the Kunkel Ambulance Service in Utica as well as Nunn’s Funeral Home in Rome. Through his efforts and expertise, babies were born and lives were saved. Concurrently, he offered his services to the Delta Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
Ron was enthusiastic, upbeat, and optimistic, and his entertaining attitude and anecdotes filled a room with comedy, congeniality, and camaraderie. Although he had a fun-loving personality, he was passionate about life and his commitments. As a dad, he took a great interest in the wellbeing of his sons. When the grandkids came along, Grandpa Ron, aka Dr. Ron, was rejuvenated. He had fun with the little ones and felt that his life was made sacred by the blessing of these beautiful new lives. Ron had a reverence for the Lord and renewed himself at weekly Mass.
Ron was a jack-of-many trades: he could create it, troubleshoot it, fix it, or mend it. And he was mechanically inclined. His house was his castle and he tended to it with love, meticulously maintaining it and creatively decorating it for each season. He honored family traditions and enjoyed cooking and took particular pride in preparing his sauce, from his mom’s recipe. He knew and followed the games of baseball and basketball, and the New York Yankees were his #1 team. He also followed the Syracuse Orangemen’s seasons closely. His greatest gratification in life was marrying a woman he truly loved and appreciating their common interests. Among other pleasures and pastimes, they loved to travel and occasionally catch the excitement at the casino.
Ron is survived by his loving wife and best friend, LouAnn; his sons, Timothy Mandronico, Esq., and Bryan Mandronico, and their mom, Jackie Keys; his grandchildren, Maria Christina, Sara Rose, and their mom, Laurie Mandronico, and Silas Rocco Mandronico, and his mom, Cyndi Grevelding. He also leaves his sisters and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Steve Cerjan, Marie and Bert Bauer, and Beverly and Bill Murphy; his nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. He was blessed with a lifetime of memories made with friends, colleagues, and fellow affiliates of collegiate and professional memberships. He was predeceased by an infant son, Tracy Mandronico; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph B. and Catherine A. “Kay” Beratta.
The family is grateful to Dr. Timothy LaFont for his friendship and support. The timely response of the EMT’s and volunteers was of comfort and care to LouAnn. A special thank you to the New Hartford Police Department and the officer who remained with LouAnn as they tended to Ron.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 210 East Dominick St., Rome NY. Ronald’s funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the church where his Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Paul Angelicchio. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery privately and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron’s memory may be made to the Utica Rescue Mission online at www.uticamission.org or the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital online at www.stjude.org; envelopes will be available at the service.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave.
Online tributes at www.EannaceFuneralHome.com