Armida Calandra, 82, of Gloversville, passed away Friday, February 3, 2012, at Nathan Littauer Hospital, with her loving family near her side. Armida was born in Frasso-Telesino, Italy on March 17, 1929, to the late Alberto and Maria Norelli Simone. On October 26, 1953, in Melizzano, Italy, she married Filiberto Calandra; they came to America in 1963.
Armida will always be known as the little Italian lady with the huge heart. She loved cooking and tending to her flowers, but most of all, she loved giving to others. She always thought of others before herself. She was the epitome of God's love. Armida was devoted to her family, friends and her church. She adored all four of her grandchildren. They will miss their "Nonni" very much. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Armida worked as a glove sewer for various leather companies, retiring from Samco Leather. She was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit's Women Society, and Ida McGinnis 55 Plus Senior Citizens.
Armida is survived by her loving family: husband, Filiberto; daughter, Maria (John) Lomanto of Gloversville; and son, Alberto Calandra of Rochester, N.Y.; also her grandchildren, Phillip Calandra of Rochester, Nina, Paul and Isabella Lomanto of Gloversville; her sisters, Maria Alaimo and Josephine Barbati, both of Italy. She was predeceased by her son, John Calandra.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Amico Funeral Home, 150 South Main Street, Gloversville. A prayer service will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at the Church of the Holy Spirit. Interment will take place in the Spring at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.