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Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints
Saturday January 30th, 2016
11:00am

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Dominick Salvatore Rotundo

Dominick (Nick) Salvatore Rotundo, 72, of Berne, NY passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter following a short illness on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, 52 Blue Barns Road, Rexford, NY 12148 at 11:00 am. Dominick was born in Schenectady, NY on April 23, 1943 to Italian immigrant parents, Constantine and Santina Rotundo. He was the youngest of 5 children which included 3 loving sisters and a brother. He and his first wife Lorraine had 3 children together, David Rotundo, Diane (Eric) Selin and Dayna Rotundo. His grandchildren include Joshua Rotundo, Erica (Jarom) Bowman, Kevin (Amy) Selin, Colin (Amber) Selin, Stephanie Selin, Anthony Papa, Nicholas Papa and Marlo Mazzarelli. Dominick was also blessed to be a great grandfather to Brandon Rotundo, Fae & Silas Bowman and Kira Selin. He and his wife Joyce were married for the past 13 years. They enjoyed living in Berne. They enjoyed backyard gatherings with neighbors, friends and family. They loved the beauty of the area and being outdoors. Despite his weakened condition, Dom would always muster up a smile when he knew Joyce was there with him. She was a loving wife and spent hours at his bedside. Dominick was self-taught in many areas including carpentry, furniture making and woodworking and small engine repair. He owned and operated "Rotundo's Small Engine Repair" in Schenectady in the 1980's. He was also a musician playing the drums in the band "Mickey" who played at local night clubs and weddings during the 70's and 80's. As a carpenter he worked on many big projects including Crossgates Mall. For the past 15 years he has been employed by Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth as a secure detention maintenance worker where he used his acquired skills in a variety of ways. Dominick had many interests and hobbies. He was a sportsman with rifle and rod. Dominick loved animals. Throughout his life he had many dogs and he eventually owed 2 horses, a goat, a few birds and cats. He enjoyed bird watching in his own yard where he kept and maintained a variety of bird feeders. His passion was for his vegetable garden where he enjoyed spending his spare time. Growing and harvesting vegetables brought him much pleasure. He canned his fresh grown vegetables and tomatoes which he enjoyed throughout the year. He was known for his home grown garlic and at times planted several hundred heads. He was generous with his bounty sharing it with friends and family. Cooking was another favorite pastime and much time was spent in the kitchen cooking mostly Italian foods. Dom loved his "man toys" including his Kubota tractor which he affectionately named Kelly, his John Deere riding mower and his Chevy pick up truck. He was a true and dedicated fan of the New England Patriots.


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Nick was a wonderful man. I worked with him at the secure detention facility for many years. Although I left 4 years ago and haven't kept in touch, it truly breaks my heart to hear of his passing. You definitely left an imprint in my life Nick. Rest in peace! Roxanne Gillen

Roxanne Gillen Feb 8 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dominick Rotundo

Roxanne Gillen Feb 8 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Dave, Diane, and Dayna, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Even though it's been many years, I have memories of being at your house with my sister and always enjoyed your father's delightful antics! He was so generous and welcoming. It is surely a sad day. My deepest sympathy to you and your families. Sincerely, Kathy

Kathy (Perillo) Chiacchio Jan 30 2016 12:00 AM

David, Diane & Dayna, We are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing and are very sorry for your loss. It's been a long time since the Granville Avenue days, but I can still remember standing near your house listening to your dad practicing the drums, thinking how cool he was. Good memories last forever.

Tom & Emily Pasko Jan 30 2016 12:00 AM

Last night I was speaking with my mother, Rosalie, about the passing of Dominick, and she asked me to write a condolence from the Karlewicz Family. Dom worked for my father, Ed Karlewicz, at Tri-City Sharpening Service for 10 years where I was privileged to work with Dom during the summers as I went through high school and college. The business was in its infancy and Dom was instrumental in making it a success. He was a hardworking man with great sense of humor and made work, which can be drudgery at times, a fun place to be. Dom had a great personality for dealing with the public and honesty we find less and less in todays world. One of my fondest memories of Dom is when we took a fishing trip with Dom and Dad and me into the Adirondacks. The three of us drove up to the area in an old Freihofer bread truck that was Tri-Citys delivery truck at the time. We hiked in what seemed like miles to a small lake that contained a wooden lean-to for overnight camping. The unusual thing about this fishing trip was that we pushed a grocery cart filled with meals and drinks and fishing and camping gear along the dirt pathway to the lake. Grocery carts arent made to push in soft dirt. One of the items in the cart was a very large pot of Italian sauce, meatballs and sausage Dom brought along. Cooked macaroni was in another pot ready to be heated up for a delicious meal. We never went hungry. The shopping cart made it into the camping area, but never quite made it out after the food was consumed. The first night at the lake, sleeping side by side in sleeping bags in the lean-to, Dom woke me in the middle of the night with a shove and hollered Robbie, look out!. I sat up in my sleeping bag just in time to hear the sound of plopping where my head had been seconds before. It turned out to be large, fat garden spiders dropping from the rafter of the lean-to above us onto the wooden floor. Needless to say, that was the end of sleeping that night. I dont remember if we caught any fish, but I will never forget that fishing trip. Although I havent seen Dom in many years I will remember his love of life, superior work ethic, great sense of humor, and his love for his family. From the Karlewicz family to Doms family we extend our love and condolences for the passing of a fine man.

Rob Karlewicz Jan 28 2016 12:00 AM

I will always remember Dom fondly and had the priviledge of working with him for many hours, days, weeks and months when I was a young man. God bless all of his large family in this time of sadness.

Rob Karlewicz Jan 27 2016 12:00 AM

I am sorry I won't be at the service as I am going out of state on the 29th but I did get to say my good byes and give my friend a hug and a kiss while he was still here on Christmas Eve at the hospital. He is missed already I look for his truck every day as I always did to see if he was here. Made the mistake of calling the basement yesterday trying to reach Gene who did not answer because he was in the other end of the room but guess who answered, you got it Hi its Nick so as you know the tears just started to flow. Yes he was a good man, don't get me wrong we had our battles he was stubborn and so am I and the two don't mix well sometimes but I loved him and will miss him and his stories and all the things he did for me. I love the picture you posted and I am sure he would like it also. Just to let you all know he love you all very much and was so proud of you he would show me pictures and tell me about all of you he loved his girls and his grandchildren, and Joyce I don't need to tell you you know how he loved you. Take care.

Donna Savino Jan 27 2016 12:00 AM

Dom was more then a friend to me, he was more like a brother. Dominick was good at everything he did, carpentry, gardening, hunting, fishing, cooking, you name it. I learned so much from him. We had countless good times in the band "Mickey". He was a very good drummer and singer. He played and sang with feelings. The music came from his heart. Music was a big part of his life, and I am so glad that I was a part of it. Joyce, Dayna, Diane, David I can not imagine what you must be feeling right now, but I want you to know that I am just a phone call away if there is anything I can do to help you get though this. My heartfelt condolences.

Chester Blonkowski Jan 26 2016 12:00 AM

Dayna, Diane, David and children - We are so sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. I know he will live on in your hearts forever because of all of the incredible memories you've made together. We're sending love and prayers to you...

LoBaido Family Jan 26 2016 12:00 AM

My condolences to the entire family of Dominick(Nick)...I had the pleasure of working with Nick @ Berkshire Farm(Secure Facility) for the past 15 years. Nick was a great man, he had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes. Nick was always so knowledgeable not only about his own job at hand but at anything you would ask him...rest in peace Nick, god bless!

raymond wilcox Jan 26 2016 12:00 AM

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