ALBANY – Tomasina “Tommy” (Fallone) Kilmade, 92, of Albany, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center. Mrs. Kilmade was born in Mount Vernon, New York and lived most of her life in the Capital District. She was a graduate of Voorheesville High School, and employed by the Duffy-Mott plant in Voorheesville until after World War II. Beginning in the early 1960s, she was a cook in the Guilderland Central School District for many years. Tommy’s talent for cooking resulted in her family and friends having many memorable meals and treats over the years. The dozens of cookies from Granny’s kitchen were her grandchildren’s favorite. She also was a long-time communicant of Holy Cross Church in Albany.
Tommy was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Daniel J. Kilmade, Jr. in 2009. She is survived by her children Anna-Marie Kilmade Tilghman (William S. Tilghman) of Springfield, Virginia, and Michael Kilmade (Debbie) of Albany; her grandchildren Daniel McCarthy, Kevin McCarthy, Christopher Kilmade, Joseph Kilmade (Jessica), and Maureen Kilmade (Erwin Vandenabeele); her sister-in-law Joan Rock Wallace; and several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her parents, Antonio Fallone and Anna Mary Pallone Wallace, her step-father, Peter Wallace, and her brothers Rocco Fallone, Stephen Wallace, and Peter Wallace.
Funeral services will be held at the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 8:15 a.m., and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St. (behind CVS), at 9:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. The family welcomes memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Click here to obtain a few of Mrs. Kilmade’s favorite recipes.
Click here to view Tommy’s resting place in Calvary Cemetery, 481 Route 9W, Glenmont, NY 12077 (Town of Bethlehem).
Mrs. Kilmade shared many kindnesses and her good food with me in years past.
It was clear to everyone who knew her that her family was always her priority.
My prayers and sympathy are with all her family.
While I did not know Mrs. Kilmade personally, I always heard many good things about her and good times they had together in Voorheesville from her good friend, my mother-in-law, Mary Michele Vitillo. I had occasion to speak to her by telephone(thanks to finding her contact info. in Mary’s personal telephone book) in March of 2014 when I informed her of my mother-in-law’s passing at that time. She was saddened by the news but pleased that she knew and recalled Mary & how close they had been in years past. Please accept the condolences of Mary’s husband Otto, her son, Otto Jr, and her sister, Violette Michele.
I knew Tommy when she worked at GCHS. I truly enjoyed her happy greetings, kind words and good food. She was always pleasant and cheerful. She greeted everybody with the same smile and friendly conversation, whether they were adults or students. I am sure that she continues to share the warmth in her new “kitchen.” I extend my condolences to her family and friends and I encourage them to remember what a wonderful human being she was, who touched many, many people.