Rocco Has Passed

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It is with a heavy heart I bring to you the news of Rocco’s passing. We lost him late last night.

One week ago Rocco’s health took a turn for the worse and we transferred him to  hospice care. His heart and lungs were not working properly and he was given an oxygen line to keep his levels up. When my father went to visit him on Monday, Rocco did not respond, even when his hand was held.

On Tuesday, Rocky’s health did a complete 180 from the previous day and improved significantly. We were able to visit him and he was alert, talking, eating, and laughing. We stayed with him for many hours and we were grateful for our time with him as he was back to his old self. He had a few more good days and was visited by some more friends. However, by Friday morning he was no longer alert. He was not able to talk and had trouble keeping his eyes open.

Yesterday morning we received a call from the doctor informing us his condition was declining and was having trouble breathing. We stayed with him all afternoon – I held his hand tight but he never opened his eyes. We had plans to to see him again this morning but I believe he decided it was his time to go.

He passed on Sunday, August 26th at 10:20pm. Fortunately, he wasn’t in pain and he was surrounded by family all day. He was 94 years young and survived by son John, daughter-in-law Ann, sister Charlotte, and granddaughters Cara and Jill.  Please check back for wake and funeral arrangements.

-Jill Moretto

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The flag on Rocco’s bed will remain in place for 24 hours.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Rocco Has Passed

  1. Jill- I am very sorry to hear about the passing of this great man. But you are a great part of his legacy that remains living, you know? I would like to attend services if at all possible, so I will check back for postings. Best wishes and support, Charles

    1. Thank you so much Charles. The arrangement schedule is up if you are still interested. I appreciate you thinking of me and my family during this time.

  2. Rocco Moretto was my father’s friend from his WWII and admired him very much. I send my heartfelt condolences to Rocco’s family. He was a part of the Greatest Generation and a true hero. May God bless him and may he rest in the care of the angels. Janice Maher (Al Maher’s daughter)

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