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Saverio W Vallese

January 25, 1934 ~ November 26, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Saverio Vallese Obituary

On November 26, 2023, we lost our “Admiral”, our guiding light; Saverio W. Vallese.  Saverio passed away surrounded by his loving family and under the care of the Wynn Hospital staff.

Saverio was born January 25, 1934, in Herkimer, NY, a son of the late Carl and Rubina (Forcucci) Vallese. He was educated in the Herkimer school system and also continued his education within the Armed forces. Saverio served in the United States Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. He continued his service to our country in the National Guard and US Army Reserve. Saverio was employed as a “plater” at General Electric, French Road, for over 35 years and following his retirement, worked as a school bus driver for Ryder Transport.

On July 6th, 1957, Saverio wed Sonya C. Mario, after a chance meeting at White Lake, a blessed union of 66 years. From that union two children were born, Mark C. and Michael W.

Saverio was very much a “handyman” around his home, and was always fastidious about the appearance of his home, lawn, and automobile. He enjoyed woodworking and created many pieces for his family that they continue to use to this day. He was an avid book reader and library patron. A devout catholic, he was a parishioner of Historic Old St. John’s Church in Utica, NY. He had a knack for reinterpreting the English language resulting in “Savie tweets”, which are recorded and preserved for future reference. These “savi-isms” are continually repeated by family members with much enjoyment and laughter. The love toward his grandchildren was evident and resulted in him teasing them, often on a daily basis.  A loving husband, dad, and pop, he will be sadly missed by his family members.

Saverio is survived by his beloved wife, Sonya, two sons, Mark C. and Ann Marie Vallese, and Michael W. Vallese; his adored grandchildren, Maria Vallese and Ryan Borruso, and Christina and Nicholas Gilberti; brother, Ezio Vallese; nieces, Donna and Glenn Sietsema, and Carla and Frank Aiello; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Etro Vallese; sister-in-law, Maria Vallese; and also by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Antonio and Maria Mario; brothers-in-law, Anthony Mario, Mario C. Mario, Salvatore Mario, and Robert Mario.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial, with Military Honors, Thursday, November 30th, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., at Historic Old St. John’s Church. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery. The family will greet visitors in church, following mass.

The family would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to the Doctors, Nurses, and staff of The Wynn Hospital, especially the ICU department, for the compassionate care shown to Saverio and his family during this difficult time. 

Donations in Saverio’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

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Mass of Christian Burial
November 30, 2023

10:00 AM
Historic Old St. John's Church
240 Bleecker Street
Utica, NY 13501


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256
Tel: 1-877-832-6997


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