Julia R. Simiele

26 April, 193529 November, 2018

Julia Roccisano Simiele, 83, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018.

She was predeceased by her husband, William “Captain Bill” Simiele; brother, James Roccisano of Brooklyn; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Joseph Paradiso of S. Chicago Heights. Julia is survived by children, Gina (Dan) Backer of Florida and Mark (Michelle) Simiele of Watkins Glen; grandchildren, Jacqueline (Mike) St. Germain, William, Antonio and Christopher Simiele, Alexis and Mariah Gonzalez and eight great grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, Yolanda, Anna, and Jennie Roccisano; sister-in-law, Carmela Simiele; several nieces and nephews-special thanks to Karen and David Palma, Mary Pat and Joe Zagone, and Phil Simiele for all of their help during her illness.

She was also blessed with several good friends who visited her often during her illness: Anna Jean DeDominicis, Mary Cook , Peggy Field, and Angie Morelli . The family would like to thank Dr. Saks, Amanda Kinsman and the very attentive and caring staff at Schuyler Hospital for their extreme kindness during her long hospital stay. Also a special thanks to these wonderful ladies who enabled her to live at home: Lori Stone, Sandy Dykshorn, Christie Standish, Jackie Bowen, Janice Potter and Kelly Hoyt. Julia was a member of St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church.

Per her wishes, there will be no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at 11am at St. Mary’s Of the Lake Church, 905 Decatur St., Watkins Glen, NY. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a contribution to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, PO Box 427, Montour Falls, NY 14865.

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Sharon Pastore

8 December 2018

To Julia's Family:
I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Julia will be greatly missed. Frank and I loved living next door to such wonderful people (Julia, Bill, Mark, and Gina) for so many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Yvonne DeSarno Overbeck

1 December 2018

Julia was a very special lady and I feel particularly blessed to have known her..She always treated me with such kindness and thoughtfulness of which I am forever appreciative..She was very quick witted and invariably always had a way of making me laugh! Mark and Gina, please know that I share in your grief with the sad passing of your beautuful mother...She truly was one of the nicest people I have ever known and I will greatly miss her..The pain is now gone, Julia, and you are now with your beloved Bill..I love you, Julia, and I thank you..Rest forever in peace..Yvonne DeSarno Overbeck, Watkins Glen...

Pat Angelo

30 November 2018

Dear Mark, Gina and family,

I was so sorry to hear of your moms passing. I know she fought a hard battle. Its a horrible
illness that we have lost so many lives. Jim fought as long as he could. We have so many
good loving memories with your mom and dad. The girls were so excited to see Capt. Bill and your mom would be sitting out on a bench and hugging each one of them. Its so upsetting to come back to Watkins
with so many of our families gone . Mark its always such a joy to see your smiling face when we arrive, and Gina we always loved seeing you at the gift shop. Please send my regards to the rest of the family.
My love and prayers to all of you.
Pat Angelo and girls

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