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ROMANO, Domenic, 99, of Westwood Health Care Center, Bluefield, Va., and formerly of Grandview Avenue, Bluefield, W.Va., died Tuesday, March 11, 1997, in the Westwood Health Care Center. Born November 28, 1897 in Locri, Italy, he was a son of the late Joseph and Judith Arteritano Romano.
He came to America in 1913 and was a resident of Bluefield for 65 years. He and his two brothers, Patsy and Jim Romano, were in the construction business for many years, building roads in Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia, and opening many mines. Patsy Small & Company, as their company was known, became Romano Brothers Construction Company. He later had his own company, Mercer Construction Company. He was as veteran of World War I, having served with the A.E.F. in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. He volunteered for service, having little knowledge of the English language. In 1988 he was awarded a certificate from the French Government, in recognition of his services in World War I. Out of love for his adopted land, he made a substantial gift to the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Rehabilitation Fund. He was a for mer member of the Chamber of Commerce, the V.F.W., American Legion, Riley-Vest Post #9, and the Sacred Hearth Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Carrie Banks Romano; a son, Joseph Romano; three brothers; and two sisters. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Surviving are daughters, Velma Kathleen Cox and husband, George, of Lewes Del., Alena Caldwell of Bluefield, W.Va., and Mimi Spry of Bluefield, W.Va.; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Romano of Princeton, W.Va.; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews in the United States, Italy and Australia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be said Friday, March 14, 1997, at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Very Rev. Patsy J. Iaquinta, V.F., as celebrant. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Princeton, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Sandy River District Post #175 and the Mercer County Veterans Council.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Mark Caldwell, Barry Spry, Gary Spry, Greg Spry; nephews, Joe Romano, Pat Romano, Frank Romano; and son-in-law, George Cox. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the American Legion, Riley Vest-Post #9. The family may be reached at the home of Alena Caldwell or Mimi Spry. Arrangements are by Mercer Funeral Home, Bluefield, W.Va.
The Roanoke Times,VA, March 14, 1997
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