Roger J. Grazioplene Sr., 76, of Batavia, passed away from health complications with his loving son by his side on Nov. 6, 2020, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Roger was born in Batavia, June 9, 1944, to the late Alfonso Grazioplene and Jane (Olkucki) Grazioplene Van Buskirk and step-son to the late Floyd Van Buskirk. He is preceded in death by daughter, Julie Hahn; brothers, Gerry and Robert (Anne) Grazioplene.
Mr. Grazioplene was a member of Ascension and Resurrection Parishes, the former St. Nicholas Club, American Legion, D.A.V., VWF Post 1602 and Polish Falcons Nest 493.
Roger proudly served in the US Army from 1968-1970, went into NCO School and served in Vietnam 69’-70’. He was highly decorated, receiving the Purple Heart, a cluster of Bronze Stars, and many other commendations.
A man who loved sports, Roger played baseball and bowled for many years. He was also an avid golfer and played in a league with his buddies for decades.
He is survived by his beloved wife of more than 56 years, Mary “Mickey” (Tenebruso) Grazioplene; son, Roger (Martha) Grazioplene Jr.; daughter, Bianca; grandchildren, Maria, Porshe, Mercedes and great-grandson, Lucah; sister, Joyce (Joseph) Acitelli; sister-in-law, Jeanette Grazioplene, along with many nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. You are also invited to join the family at St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, for Military Honors.
Please note the Funeral Home will be operating at 33% capacity per state guidelines. New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and face coverings are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or to Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NeY 14020.