ALBANY – Rosa Ortolano Ilardo, 95, of Albany, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 21, 2018, with her family at her side. Rosa was born in Lascari, Palermo, Sicily, and emigrated to the United States with her family in 1966. She was employed as a seamstress for many years at Cotrell & Leonard, and by Sherry’s Department Store. Rosa loved to cook and make sure everyone was well fed. Rosa will be remembered for her charismatic, caring, and witty personality, and most of all for the love she shared.
Rosa is survived by her beloved husband of 71 years, Salvatore Ilardo; her children Andrew Ilardo (the late Barbara K. ) of Albany, Rosa A. Commisso (Charles) of Albany, and Sandy A. Commisso (Rocco) of Guilderland; her grandchildren Joanne Bellefeuille (James), Salvatore Ilardo (Bobbie-Jo), Vincenzo C. Commisso, Salvatore J. Commisso (Tina), Michael A. Commisso (Juliana), Maria E. Zabinski (Frank), Rosa G. Commisso, Salvatore A. Commisso, and Christina A. Commisso; her great-grandchildren Brandon and Julia Bellefeuille, Andrew, Sophia, Mia, Elena, and Lilliana Ilardo, and Vito, Luca, and Leo Commisso; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her sisters Concetta Cesare and Francesca Schittino.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. in All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St. (behind CVS), Albany. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. Entombment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .