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Matilda Tillie (Vizzacaro) Ruben

May 17, 1929 — March 12, 2019


Mrs. Matilda “Tillie” (Vizzacaro) Ruben, age 89, of Utica, passed away on Tuesday March 12, 2019 at the Masonic Care Community, with her loving family by her side.

She was born on May 17, 1929 in Utica, a daughter of the late Pasquale and Adeline Trasatti Vizzacaro. She was educated in local schools and was a graduate of M.V.C.C.

Tillie was joined in marriage to George H. Ruben Jr., June 30, 1972, a blessed union of 38 years, until his passing on August 12, 2010.

She was employed by the NY Telephone Co. for over 34 years until her retirement in 1984. She was a loving and devoted daughter, sister and aunt who loved her family dearly. She will be forever missed, but never forgotten.

Surviving are her beloved nieces and nephews who were like her children; Dominick P. and Carole Colacicco of Cicero, Patrick J. Colacicco of CT, Nancy Anne and Matthew Stellato of CA, and Patricia (Tricia) and David Caruso of Utica.  Great nieces and nephews Danielle and Matthew Organek, Ashley and David Cocquyt, and Geena Stellato, Nicholas Colacicco, Paul Colacicco, Alex Stellato; grand nephews Dominick Colacicco, Robert Colacicco and Matthew Organek and grand niece Nora Cocquyt.

In addition to her parents, Tillie was predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Erminio Colacicco and her niece Maria (Elacqua) Colacicco.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 12:00 noon in St. Anthony/St. Agnes Church.  Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday morning prior to funeral services from 10:00 to 11:00 am at The Scala & Roefaro Funeral Home Inc. 1122 Culver Ave.

The family would like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to David and Tricia Caruso for their love and endless caring of Tillie without which we would not have enjoyed our extended time with her. Thanks also go out to the staff at the Albany Household of the Masonic Care Community for the care and compassion given to Tillie these past several years.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, March 16, 2019

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Scala and Roefaro Funeral Home, Inc.

1122 Culver Avenue, Utica, NY 13501

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Funeral Service

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Anthony/St. Agnes Church

422 Tilden Avenue, Utica, NY 13501

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