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Lauretta A. (Centolella) Taurisano

October 18, 1941 — March 12, 2023


Mrs. Lauretta A. (Centolella) Taurisano age 81, of Utica and Palm City, FL passed away on Sunday March 12, 2023, at her home in Florida, with her beloved husband and daughters by her side.

She was born on October 18, 1941, in Utica, a daughter of the late Louis M. and Catherine Coluzza Centolella. She graduated from TR Proctor High School and earned her BA Degree at SUNY at Utica/Rome.

She was joined in marriage to Anthony Taurisano in St. Anthony’s Church in Utica, NY, a blessed union of 61 years.

Lauretta was employed as a Social Worker with St Luke’s Hospital, Head Start and Family Services until her retirement. She was beautiful inside and out, and she was a friend to all she met. Lauretta’s love and devotion for her family will continue to guide them throughout their lives.

Lauretta is survived by her beloved husband, Anthony “Tony”; two loving daughters, Renee Rizzuti and Michele Tomassetti; her cherished granddaughters, Christina and Catherine Rizzuti and Marisa Tomassetti, who were the lights of her life; two sisters, Angela Nemitz and Mary Beth Fuller; her in-laws Emilia Centolella, Philip and Barbara Taurisano, Mark Taurisano; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her in-laws Michael and Lucille Taurisano, her brothers Joseph and Louis Centolella, her niece Regina Rausch Light, her nephew John Centolella and her sister-in-law Linda Taurisano.

Visiting Hours will be held this Sunday 3/19/23 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at The Scala & Roefaro Funeral Home Inc. 1122 Culver Ave Utica.

Her mass of Christian Burial will be Monday 3/20/23 at 11am in Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Church, Utica. Private burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lauretta can be made to the Abraham House of Utica. Envelopes will be available at the services.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, March 19, 2023

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Scala & Roefaro Funeral Home Inc.

1122 Culver Avenue, Utica, NY 13501

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Mass of Christian Burial

Monday, March 20, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Church, Utica

648 Jay Street, Utica, NY 13501

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