Dorothy was born on Aug. 20, 1935 in Laona, N.Y., the daughter of the late Ross and Louise (LaDuca) Conti, Sr.
A graduate of Fredonia High School and the Rochester Business Institute, where she earned her degree in medical office management, Dorothy accepted a position with the Yosemite National Park as a reservations agent. After three years there, Dorothy accepted a position as reservations agent for airline giant TWA in New York City. However, she advanced rapidly and became an operations agent with TWA in Kansas City, Mo., where she worked and visited over 45 countries during her tenure, specifically Pakistan, Afghanistan, Greece and Italy. After her 26 years with the airline, Dorothy returned home to Western New York to be near her family.
She enjoyed scrap booking, picture taking, traveling and sports of all kinds, especially hockey and football. She was an avid reader and enjoyed the great outdoors. She was adamant about preserving the National Forests as a member of the Sierra Club. Proud of her heritage, Dorothy had been a former board member of the Chautauqua Italian American Organization, or CIAO. Active in her religion, Dorothy was a Eucharistic minister and a member of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society.
She is survived by her children, Rebecca J. Bremer and her husband Kevin of Gardners, Pa., and Russell A. “Rusty” Bova and his wife Suzanne of Westfield, N.Y.; her two sisters, Martha Smith of Chelas, Wash., and Annette (Vincent) DeCosta of Fredonia, N.Y.; and her two brothers, Ross (Elaine) Conti, Jr. of Fredonia, N.Y., and Sam (Patricia) Conti of Fredonia.
Dorothy was the proud grandmother of Jennifer and Michael Bova and Laura and Conor Bremer. She is further survived by her two sisters-in-law, Hazel Conti and Marian Conti, both of Fredonia, N.Y.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Angelo J. Bova, her two brothers, Dr. Louis Conti and John Conti, her sister and brother-in-law Nina and Carl Cash, her brother-in-law, Jack Smith, and her sister-in-law, Gerry Conti.
Friends may call on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton Street, Westfield, N.Y., and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Friday morning at 11 a.m., at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, Central Avenue, Brocton, N.Y. with Father Marius J. Walter officiating.
Burial will be in St. James Cemetery. A Parish Rosary will be held at the Funeral Home Thursday at 2 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, 15 Union St.; the Fire Department of Westfield Memorial Fund, 23 Elm St.; or to the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation, 189 East Main St. or to the Patterson Library, 40 So. Portage St., all in Westfield, N.Y. 14787.
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Dorothy J. (Conti) Bova