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BATH — Rose Antonecchia, 102, died Feb. 25 at HillHouse in Bath.
She was born to Donata and Orazio Simone on Dec. 23, 1909, in Tuckahoe, N.Y. She spent her childhood in both Tuckahoe and Lake Mahopac, N.Y., where her family owned Lake Mahopac Market and Lake Mahopac Liquors. She was a 1927 graduate of Manhattan Trade School.
On June 23, 1935, she married Eli Antonecchia at St. John the Evangelist Church in Lake Mahopac, N.Y. They were married for 46 years. Their life was centered in Katonah, N.Y., until 2000 when she moved to Portland and later Brunswick. In 1938 she and her husband established Honebon’s Cleaners and Tailors, Katonah Cleaners and Honebon’s Men’s Shop. She reluctantly retired from her life as a businesswoman at the age of 90.
Like her mother before her, Antonecchia took tremendous satisfaction in feeding her grandchildren and their friends from one of the two kitchens in her Katonah home. When she was not working, she and her husband enjoyed golf and the camaraderie of friends at Tamarack Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., and Mt. Kisco Country Club in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
Diminutive in stature at 4’11”, she was strong and athletic and became an accomplished golfer who enjoyed watching both pro tennis and golf as well as politics. While recuperating from a broken hip suffered after her 101st birthday celebration, she astounded her great-grandchildren with her quick reflexes and skill at chair soccer and volleyball.
Antonecchia was cared for and is survived by her son, Joseph Sr. of Brunswick; son Tom of Katonah, N.Y.; granddaughters Sara and Sean Dunphy of Williston, Vt., Rose and Blair Barnes of Pottstown, Pa., Liv and Eric Dietrich of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and Laura and her husband, Shawn DeVeau; great-grandchildren Evangeline, Molly, Eli, Anna, Paul, Amelia, Charlotte, Sophia and Lisa; various nieces and nephews; dear friends; and the extended Dunphy family.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Eli, in 1981; her parents; four brothers and their wives, Andrew and Adelaide, Armand and Natcha, Buck and Julia and Jim and Helen; infant grandson, Thomas Jr.; and her cherished and devoted grandson Joseph Jr.
The family wishes to thank the staff of HillHouse in Bath, especially Ben, for the excellent care she received this year.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place on March 1 at St. Mary of the Assumption R.C. Church in Katonah, N.Y.