Joseph C. Rotyliano, 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, January 30, 2020. He was born on July 15, 1934 in New Rochelle, NY to the late Michael and Antoinette (Tetro) Rotyliano
He is predeceased by his devoted wife of 62 years, Helen J. Rotyliano, whom he met as a young teenager when their familes were neighbors in West New Rochelle. From that point on they were the love of each other's lives.
He is survived by sons Joe and Janet Rotyliano of Rockledge, FL, Steve and Donna Rotyliano of Sparta, NJ and Robert and MaryLynn Rotyliano of Medford Lakes, NJ, and daughters Michele Rotyliano of Indialantic and Denise Rotyliano Ozoroski and fiancé Randy Solomon of East Windsor, NJ. He was also the loving "Pop Pop" to seventeen grandchildren and six great- grandchildren.
Mr. Rotyliano was predeceased by his sister Nettie Rotyliano Valle and brother Frank Rotyliano. He is survived by his dear sisters-in-law Anna Rotyliano of Sandy Hook, CT, Carol Siller of New Rochelle, NY, Irene (Rocky) Curry of Tacoma, WA and brother-in-law John (Deborah) Rainone of Tucson, AZ, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Joe and Helen moved from New Jersey to Melbourne in 1992 after he retired from a long career at Sears, Roebuck. Their journey together began in the early 50’s during high school years and continued after Joe graduated and entered the U.S. Army. They were married soon after his discharge in 1956. Joe graduated from Radar Repair school while in the Army. They were very close to building their lives together in Arizona, where Joe was last stationed, but instead settled down back in New Rochelle and began raising a family. He started his career with Sears as a sales clerk, quickly progressing to management roles. Every few years, the family would move as his career advanced, including running individual stores and eventually the General Merchandise Manager for the entire Northeast Zone.
In their retirement years in Melbourne, Joe relished visits from his children and grandchildren from up north. There was nothing more important to him than family, especially big family gatherings. He loved doing woodworking - building cradles, changing tables and bunkbeds for the grandkids. He and Helen were parishioners at Ascension Catholic Church in Melbourne where they had a tight circle of friends that they’d enjoy coffee and donuts with after Mass.
Joe loved playing music - as a teenager, he learned to play the accordion. Eventually, he transitioned to playing the keyboard, often performing for the Italian-American Club of Brevard and several other local establishments.
A viewing and vigil will be held Wednesday 5:00-7:00 P.M. Feb. 5, 2020 at Beckman Williamson Funeral Home 5400 Village Drive Viera, Fl. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 at Ascension Catholic Church 2950 N. Harbor City Blvd. Melbourne, Fl.
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