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Geraldine M. Campola
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Mrs. Geraldine M. (Surace) Campola, 74, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Geraldine was born in Utica on December 24, 1943, a daughter of the late Vincent and Antoinette (Mazzei) Surace. She was educated in New Hartford Schools and graduated in 1961. On March 20, 1970, Gerry was joined in marriage to Louis A. “Butch” Campola Jr.. Gerry and Butch shared over forty-six loving years together and enjoyed many good times raising their family. Her beloved Butch passed away on February 6, 2016. Gerry was employed as a secretary at the Bendix Patent office and later Lucas Aerospace, where she retired after many years in 1993. She loved to play golf and was the first woman golfer in the Lucas Aerospace League. She also enjoyed helping plan her class reunions. Gerry was all about family and her happiest times were spent with grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to garden and always enjoyed cooking for everyone for Sunday dinner. Our beloved “Gigi” will be very deeply missed.

She is survived by her devoted daughter, Nadine “Dena” Campola; her beloved grandchildren, Antoinette “Toni” Fornino and her fiancé Andrew McLean, of Westmoreland, Victoria and James Hotaling, of Bel Air, MD, John Fornino and Alicia Filipkowski, of Westmoreland; great grandchildren, Jaxson and Mason McLean and Westynn Fornino; a sister, Carmelita “Mella” Mino; and also her mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many beloved cousins. She was predeceased by her beloved grandson, Gaetano “Guy” Fornino; her sister, Anastasia “Stasia” Ruggiero; and her brothers, Rock, Joseph, and Ronald Surace.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Friday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Church. The family will greet visitors following mass. Private interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

In memory of Geraldine, please consider contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research. Envelopes will be available.
 
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nadine and family , I am so sorry to read of your mom's ( and my friend's passing. We were friends thru school and all the years since . Please remember all the great years you all had with her and butch . I know they both are looking down and out for all of you . joe varieur

Written by joe varieur
2018-03-15 10:10:08 PM


So very sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful woman.I'm sure this family will truly miss her sweet soul and her giving nature. I too went to school with Gerry and spent many sleepovers at her home when we were very young. I enjoyed catching up with her on Facebook and will truly miss that smile. Our faith helps us be strong during these difficult, painful times, but she is now at peace. Freddi

Written by Fredrica Hazeltine Burnham Brown
2018-03-15 11:13:05 PM


What a beautiful picture of Gerry❤️May she Rest In Peace. My deepest sympathy, Dena and family. Praying for you all at this sad time.

Written by Jeannie Pawelek
2018-03-15 1:29:11 AM


To Gerri’s Family- So, so sorry to read of Gerri’s passing. I am also a 1961 graduate of New Hartford. She did such a great job as the spark behind our many terrific reunions. My prayers for all of her family members in this very sad time. Karen Hotaling

Written by Karen Kearney Hotaling
2018-03-15 3:08:21 AM


Dena, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a friend and we were in the same class. Yours and my family have certainly been affected by painful losses. Thank God we believe that they are doing fine now and it is we who grieve them. Knowing love never dies is so valuable. The photo of your mother shows the beauty of her soul. Louise

Written by Louise (Ziemba) White
2018-03-15 5:23:06 PM