Johnson City - Veronica LaRose, our beloved matriarch went to be with the Lord just short of her 104th birthday, the morning of November 17th. A member of St. James Church, Johnson City, Veronica was a very devout Catholic, with a rock-solid faith and a strong love of the Blessed Mother. Veronica was known to most as Ronnie and as GG to her great grandchildren. She was a firecracker, known for her bright red hair and generous laughter. She loved her family and was so proud of them. Ronnie was a friend to all; she never met a stranger. She enjoyed a very long career at Long Island Lighting (LILCO). Ronnie was also proud of her work as a volunteer at the Red Cross, Broome County. She was renowned for her Bingo, Rummicube, crossword puzzles, and could sew almost anything until her hands tired out. Ronnie traveled far and wide, including many bus trips, where she made many friends along the way, often for life. Veronica loved New York City, visiting Broadway and shopping at Macy’s. She loved old movies and a variety of music, especially songs from the swing era sung by Old Blue Eyes, who she met as a coat check girl in the 30s. Ronnie will be missed, but always remembered as a special lady, who loved life and gave herself to so many. Veronica was predeceased by Raymond LaRose, the father of her five children. She is survived by her children Patricia LaRose, Mike LaRose (Debbie), Larry LaRose (Nancy), Ray LaRose (Joyce) and Jeanne Pinto (Barry). Ronnie also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and special friends, Jean and Sus Narita and Dorothy Blasko. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to Mercy House, 212 N. McKinley Ave, Endicott, NY 13760 or St. James Church, 147 Main St, Johnson City, NY 13790. A celebration of Veronica's life will be held at a later date.
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