Pauline B. (LaRussa) Fricano, 94, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Pauline was born April 28, 1926, in Batavia, N.Y., to the late Anthony and Mary LaRussa. In addition to her parents, Pauline is predeceased by her husband, Michael (2011); son Jerry (2012); in-laws, Fricano; sisters, Carmen (Anthony Forti), Angeline (Ralph Frieday); brother, Vincent “Brownie” LaRussa; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was a loving and caring mother, wife and beloved friend who had a smile and uplifting words for all the people she met. She was a graduate of Batavia High School and a retiree of Genesee Community College where she worked for 21 years. She was also very devoted to her faith as an active member of St. Anthony’s Church on Liberty Street in Batavia where she taught church school and was involved in many committees and activities. She enjoyed spending time with her large family and many friends on the southside of Batavia.
She is survived by her sons, Michael (Joan Carr), Paul (Vera Olijnyk) and Patrick (Traci Purtell); daughter in-law, Cathy Pontillo; thirteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and her life-long best friend, Janet Telga of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Due to current restrictions, traditional services are not possible. Immediate family will attend Pauline’s interment in the St. Joseph Mausoleum on Ellicott Street in Batavia, NY on Wednesday, May 20. At 11:30 a.m., friends and family are invited to drive through the St. Joe’s Cemetery at that time.
The family wishes to thank the hard-working staff of The Brightonian Nursing Home in Rochester and The Gilmartin Funeral Home in Batavia for their tender care and thoughtful service.
Donations in Pauline’s memory can be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14020. For more information, please call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.