Obituary Notices and Memorials


BARBARUOLO, Rocco On October 7, 2016, Rocky went to dance with his beloved Jeannie behind the moon. He passed peacefully at his daughter's home in Montana at the age of 85. He leaves behind so many who will miss him deeply and will never forget his love of family and friends, infectious smile and strong work ethic. Born in the Bronx, Rocky lost his mother at an early age and grew up under the watchful eyes of his older sisters, Mary and Madeline and brother Tommy. He served in the United States Air Force as a crew chief in Korea where he met his dear friends Bob and Ray who remained close until the day he died. After being discharged, Rocky moved to the San Fernando Valley where he met a beautiful girl at a CYO volleyball game. He pursued her for close to two years. His persistence paid off and the two of them embarked on an adventure that lasted 54 years until Jean passed in 2014. Since 1973 they lived in the Antelope Valley and were members of the Italian Catholic Federation which provided lifelong friendships. If you ever wanted to know the gender of an unborn baby, Rocky was your guy. He could correctly guess with one belly look. If there was a noise a car was making, Rocky could pinpoint the problem. There was always a glass of wine to enjoy and music playing in the house. He is survived by his sons, Rocco John, Bishop, Calif., and Michael, Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughter Jennifer (Kealy) Dowd, Billings, Mont.; sister Madeline Testa, Park Ridge, N.J.; half-brother Peter Barbaruolo, Ft. Wayne Ind.; 7 grandchildren and 2 great- grandchildren, and many extended family. He was a thoughtful, sincere man who lived a big and full life. He loved his family, and friends, but most of all, he loved his bride Jeannie. A Memorial Mass will be said at Saint Junipero Serra Parish on Sat., Nov. 5, 2016 at 10am. Interment has taken place at St. Pius X Calvary Cemetery in Billings, Mont. where he is buried with Jean. In lieu of flowers, please toast to his memory with a glass of wine, and consider making a donation to a local hospice of your choice.

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