OBITUARY

Michele "Mike" Mongillo

December 15, 1926November 24, 2018

Michele (Michael) Mongillo, 91, of Oneonta passed away Saturday, November 24, 2018 at his home. He was born December 15, 1926 in Oneonta the son of the late Pasquale and Rose (Perrine) Mongillo. Mike graduated from Oneonta High School the class of 1944. Michael enlisted in the US Navy in the fall of 1944. After attending basic training at Sampson NY, he traveled by troop train to the west coast where he managed to see his brother Tony Mongillo (also in the Navy) briefly before they each traveled to their respective duty assignments. Michael was assigned to a US Navy SeeBee unit on Tinian Island. Little did he know that in August of 1945 the first atomic weapons would be utilized bringing the end to the war with Japan. He would joke and say “they never told us anything about atomic bombs being there”. Michael completed his enlistment based in mainland China. He was a proud Navy veteran and enjoyed sharing his experiences overseas. After discharge from the Navy he returned to Oneonta and began a 38 year career working for the D&H Railroad. He retired as a conductor. He loved to talk about life as a railroader and saw the steam engine age transition to modern diesel powered engines of today. He loved riding in the caboose and sharing what that was like. He was a railroader through and through! Michael married Josephine Heck on May 29 1949. They were married for 50 years until Josphine’s death on January 17, 2000. Mike was especially proud of the house he built on Boylston Street in Oneonta. His roots were in the “lower deck” of Oneonta. It was one of the first “shell homes” offered by Briggs Lumber Company. Mike and other family members and friends completed the entire interior of the beautiful 4 bedroom ranch style home. Mike was very caring individual. In his later years he could be found visiting friends and loved ones who needed support or just a friendly face. Mike had his circle of family and friends who he routinely called to check on, most likely as important for him as it was for them. He cared deeply for his family be it siblings, children, grandchildren or extended members, and had a proud tradition of making sure that no birthday went without a card sent in his own hand. Mike was also a very proud man. From his upbringing as a first-generation Italian American from the sixth ward, to his service to his country, to the building of his new home with the help of family and friends, Mike was meticulous at whatever he decided to put his mind to. He loved tending to his gardens, vegetables and flowers alike, and tending to the property in which he enjoyed his final days. Mike is survived by his 4 children, Linda Wheeler, Oneonta, Steven (Susan) Mongillo, Oneonta, Patrick (Lori) Mongillo, Unadilla and Barbara (Vincent) Eady, Endicott; 10 grandchildren, Kimberly Wheeler, Oneonta, Jeffrey Wheeler and Patti Noon, Oneonta, Monica (Jonathan) Jakiel, Vernon, CT, Jared Mongillo and Amanda Lyons, Apalachin, Todd Mongillo and Kennie Johnson, Mohawk, Kelly Mongillo (Timothy) Dumpleton, Buffalo, Mark Mongillo, Unadilla, Gregg (Erin) Eady, Hickory, N.C., Shawn (Heather) Eady, Seattle, WA and Joelle Eady, Endicott; great grandchildren, Kyla, Alexandra, Cecilia, Bryce, James, Alexander, Christiaan, Rikard and Rorey; 2 sisters, Philomena Washburn, Oneonta and Hope (Douglas) Davidson, Treadwell; special caregivers, Nadeyda, Tami, Stepfanie and Carrie; special niece, Ruth Coates Fennelly; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and god children. He was predeceased by grandson, Michael Patrick Mongillo; sister, Virginia Naples; and brother, Anthony Mongillo. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 10:00 am in St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta with Rev. David Mickiewicz officiating. Burial will be held in the spring in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta, New York 13820, the American Cancer Society, 5 Oak Ave, Sidney, New York 13838 or Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, New York 13820 in loving memory of Michael Mongillo. Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting www.grummonsfuneralhome.com Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.

Services

  • Funeral Mass Saturday, December 1, 2018
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Mark Naples

December 3, 2018

Linda, Pat, Steve, and Barb, and all of the family, You have our sincere condolences and love.
Mike was a great spirit and a very special man, dedicated to country and family. ...Always a very positive attitude and great wit, and a great gardener too!

Good bless you all. May you rest in peace, Mike. You will be greatly missed. Mark Naples and family

Jim Smith

November 30, 2018

My sincerest sympathy on Mike's passing. I had the pleasure of getting to know him from working at Stewart's. He would play Take Five often and for the longest time I simply knew as Take Five guy. I always enjoyed waiting on him or running into him around Oneonta. He reminded me some of my dad. I hope the good memories help you through a tough time.

Ruth Fennelly

November 30, 2018

Camping at Fish Creek, what fun. Fishing early mornings at Gilbert's Lake, while the rest of us slept. And those da.. Yankees. I am going to miss you Uncle Mike.

Heidi (Heck) Elmendorf

November 30, 2018

So many memories of family Christmas parties at Aunt Sis and Uncle Mike's. Sending thoughts and prayers for my cousins and their families at this sad time.

Santo J. Russo

November 29, 2018

To the family, so sorry to hear about Mike. He was always the best neighbor anybody could have, your family
can be very proud forever. May he rest in peace.
Santo J. Russo

Daniel Wenck

November 28, 2018

To the family, especially my friend Barbara. Lisa and I were very sorry to hear of your loss of your father. Time will make things better my friend. May you find comfort in your memories and time with friends and family.
Dan and Lisa Wenck

Wendy Fisher

November 28, 2018

Pat and family-I am sorry to hear of your beloved Dad's passing. May the Lord comfort all of you at this time of sorrow.

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