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D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT

OBITUARY

John Rotondaro

December 5, 1916February 4, 2020
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John Rotondaro, 103, of Wethersfield, beloved husband for 63 years of the late Frances (Cianci) Rotondaro, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. John was born in San Basile, province of Calabria, Italy on December 5, 1916. He was the son of the late Leone and Maria Rosa (Frega) Rotondaro. John came to the United States with his father and brother Rocco at age 17. Prior to his retirement in 1982, he was the owner and operator of his cherished Chicago Meat Market in Hartford for 42 years with his late brother, Rocco “Al” Rotondaro. He loved his vegetable garden and relaxing in his breezeway with his wife Frances. A devout Catholic, he was a longtime faithful communicant of the Church of the Incarnation and Corpus Christi Church, Wethersfield. Most of all, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who enjoyed family dinners and being surrounded by his loved ones. John will be forever missed by his three children, Leo P. Rotondaro of Rocky Hill, Maria T. Maynard and husband Thomas of Wethersfield and John J. Rotondaro and wife Linda of Wethersfield; 12 adored grandchildren, Leo J. Rotondaro, and wife Carolyn of Clayton, NC, Sharon Hahn and husband Mark of Wethersfield, Michael Rotondaro and wife Roxanne of Tolland, Mark Rotondaro and wife Olivia of Jacksonville, FL, Peter Holowesko and wife Mikie of Canton, Lisa Lappe and husband Travis of Kensington, Noelle Holmes and husband Robert of Vienna, VA, Holly Maynard-Byron and husband Robert Byron of Wethersfield, Lauren Putnam and husband Reid of Carmel, IN, Carrie Maisano and husband Tom of Easton, Andrew Rotondaro and wife Krisztina of Miami, FL and John D. Rotondaro of Wethersfield and 20 cherished great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, dear friends and former customers. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Rocco “Al” Rotondaro and his wife Josephine and Victorio Rotondaro and his wife Mariella; his sister, Marietta Groppa and her husband Chiccio and his daughter-in-law, Beverly Rotondaro. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday (February 11) at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, 544 Prospect Street, Wethersfield. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford (Section 34). Family and friends may call on Monday from 4-7 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. To share a memory of John with his family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.

Services

  • Public Visitation Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  • Burial Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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Cynthia Howard

February 14, 2020

On behalf of the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools, please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your father. We know he was blessed to have such a long life and such a supportive and loving family. We will continue to keep you in our prayers during this time.
With our sincere sympathy,
Cindy Howard

Dorothy Petruzzi

February 12, 2020

Maria
Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Sincerely.
Dorothy Petruzzi

Justin DeNino

February 9, 2020

John, Linda and family,

So sad to hear about your Dad's passing. He was a wonderful man, it was my honor and privilege to know him. So glad I saw you this past summer and we had a chance to share memories of your father. My heart and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God Bless and keep him.

With deepest sympathy,
Justin

Bob DiCicco

February 9, 2020

We were very sad to see that your dad had passed. I have very fond memories of him at the Chicago Market on Front Street. I remember the huge pile of grinders that he and his brother had prepared each morning on the front counter for office workers as they stopped in on their way into work. As my father also had a business on Front Street, it was not uncommon for me to take the short walk down the street to pick up grinders for lunch. One special memory that I have is Mr. Rotondaro, some 40 years ago, showing me how to make sausage at his store. It was exceptional.

Bob and Judy

Michael Petruzzi

February 7, 2020

Maria & Family,
My deepest condolences and prayers for the loss of your father.
Sincerely,
Michael Petruzzi
Teacher at St. John the Evangelist, Watertown

Jack tavares

February 7, 2020

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, we offer our sincere condolences and prayers during this difficult time. We will pray for you and your family. Rest in peace, John.

Katherine Muller

February 7, 2020

Sending our thoughts and prayers to Maria Maynard and family. What a beautiful legacy of love and family left by John Rotondaro!

Sacred Heart School Family ~ New Britain

Linda O'Keefe

February 6, 2020

John and Linda,
You were a devoted son who loved and supported your Dad every single day of your life. I don't know anyone who did as much for a parent as you. He was lucky to have you! He lived a long and rich life and we know you will all miss him greatly. Our deepest sympathies to you!
Love, Linda and Sean

LENNY ROTONDARO

February 6, 2020

Uncle John-we learned kindness and compassion from you and saw how you took care of the less fortunate firsthand at your store- now God is taking care of you in heaven

Kylie Skladnowski

February 5, 2020

What a amazing man who will truly be missed. Sending love and prayers.

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