RAVENA – Irene Testa
“Murph” Rotello, 97 of Florida and Ravena, passed away peacefully on
Thursday, November 5, 2009 in Florida. Irene was the daughter of
the late Luciano and Carmela Testa. She was a graduate of St.
Elizabeth’s Academy, NY and received her B.S. Degree in Home
Economics and Dietetics from Chestnut Hill College, PA. She
interned and worked at Bellevue Hospital in NY City for 4 years
before returning home to Niagara Falls to serve as Chief Dietitian
for St. Mary’s Hospital and to care for her loved and aging mother,
Carmela Testa. She was a member of the American Dietetic
Irene moved to
Ravena in 1945 with her family where she and her husband Joe
operated Dayle’s Soda Shop and Ravena Bowling Lanes. In 1962 she
joined the NYS Department of Social Services as a nutritionist for
child –caring institutions, retiring in 1975.
Irene is survived
by her son, Tom (Ollie) of Coeymans; grandsons, Joseph (Katie) of
Coeymans and Frank of Wasilla, Alaska; great-grandsons, Tommy and
Anthony; brother-in-law, Anthony (Kay) Rotella; and sis-in-law,
Anna Mae Rotella of Niagara Falls; and many nieces and nephews.
predeceased by Joe, her husband of 54 years, their daughter Carol
Ann Rotello and her brother Angelo.
will be held 9 AM Tuesday, November 10th at St. Patrick’s Church,
Ravena. Friends may call at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena on
Monday from 3 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory
can be made to St. Patrick’s Church, 21 Main St., Ravena, NY 12143.