Gennaro P. Romanelli

May 15, 1920December 31, 2012

Gennaro “Jerry” P. Romanelli, 92, passed away on Monday December 31, 2012 at the Otsego Manor in Cooperstown.

Jerry was born on May 15, 1920 in New York City, the son of Gennaro and Marie Romanelli. He married Frances Lauricella on February 16, 1947, and she passed away on October 22, 1977.

Jerry served in the US Army during World War II, and was the recipient of three Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.

He retired as a custodian from the New York City Public School System.

He moved here in 1973, and over the years worked for several local businesses.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church.

He is survived by his children, Marie (Robert) Anselmo of Monroe, NJ, Christine Romanelli of Oneonta, Bernadette (William) Roberts of Oneonta, and Stephen (Barbara) Romanelli of Oneonta; 13 Grandchildren and 22 Great Grandchildren, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a son Jerry Romanelli, two brothers and three sisters.

A funeral mass will be offered on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM in St. Mary’s Church, Oneonta with the Rev. David Mickiewicz, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM where military honors will be accorded.

There will be no calling hours.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 3, 2013
  • Graveside Service Friday, January 4, 2013

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Angela Lancto

January 5, 2013

Angela Lancto

January 5, 2013

Poppy was great man an amazing father, grandfather, friend and so much to those he knew. He will be missed and all the memories we have of him will be cherished forever... Rest in peace poppy, I love you!

Barbara & Terry Moore

January 3, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Romanelli family during this time. We remember a nice visit we had with Mr. Romanelli soon after his move to the Manor.

Rev. Stephen Fournier

January 2, 2013

It was through being the chaplain at the Manor that I got to know Jerry. I did enjoy our conversations about his life and service to his country. It saddened me to see his health fail. I am sure that his family is very proud of him, and rightfully so. Jerry was a true hero to me and I will miss him. May God bless his family.

Thomas Romanelli

January 2, 2013

Gennaro "Poppy" A beloved grandfather father an best friend. He was all of that and more to me. He was also my hero.