Amsterdam – Michele Ruggeri, 66, of Morrow Road, Amsterdam, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at her home.
She was born in Gloversville on April 20, 1956, a daughter of John and Madlyn Morris Parker and was a 1974 graduate of Northville Central School. Michele later earned an Associate Degree from Fulton Montgomery Community College.
Mrs. Ruggeri worked at the Tryon State School in Fulton County for four years. Later, she was employed as a Contract Specialist for the NYS Department of Labor for thirty-four years, before retiring.
Michele’s first love was for animals. She enjoyed racing horses, along with her husband Dominic, at the Saratoga Harness Track. Michele cared for animals so deeply that she kept them at home after they were retired. She also doted on their beloved Cairn Terriers, Spike and Duffy. Michele also treasured her trips to Atlantic City, the ocean at Montauk, and traveling to England. She enjoyed gardening and everything English, including English gardens. Michele was very creative and spent time crafting unique pieces, especially with watercolors. She loved antiquing and also loved spending time with her family and her very close friend, Diana.
In addition to her parents, Michele was predeceased by her brother, Dennis Parker; and her aunts and uncles, Beulah Morris, Joyce Ashlaw, Evelyn Lais, and Walter and Gordon Morris.
Survivors include her loving husband of thirty-six years, Dominic Ruggeri; two stepsons, Dominic (Shona) Ruggeri of Voorheesville and Daniel (Noel) Ruggeri of Saratoga Springs; three grandchildren; a nephew, Thomas Parker of MD; Natasha (Robert) Sweet of Latham; and three great-nieces, Caitlin and Jessica Sweet, and Madlyn Parker.
Cremation was performed at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (Corner of Route 29 & Black Street), Johnstown followed by a memorial service at 2pm at the funeral home with Rev. Albert Johnson, officiating. Final burial will be held at a later date at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, in care of the funeral home.
Michele will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her for her sense of humor, loyal friendships, and the genuine compassion she showed for others.