It is with profound grief that we mourn the loss of Frank J. and Evelyn (LaTour) Amerosa, who died together on Friday, May 24, 2013, as the result of a plane crash. They were on board an Angel Flight plane coming from Boston, where Frank was being treated for brain cancer.
Frank was born in Southington, Conn., December 28, 1948, a son of the late Harry and Theresa (Alcuri) Amerosa. He was raised and educated in Utica and a graduate of TR Proctor High School. Frank proudly served our country, in the U.S. Marine Corps, during the Vietnam War. He was a retired truck driver who worked for many companies, including FX Matt Brewery, and was a proud member of the Teamsters Union. An enthusiastic runner, who ran in several Boilermakers and the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., Frank also loved playing golf with his friends and was an avid angler.
Evelyn was born in Bennington, Vt., November 13, 1954, one of ten children born to the late Alfred and Evelyn (Myers) LaTour. She was raised and educated in Bennington and Utica, where she was a graduate of St. Francis DeSales High School. She later attended MVCC, where she received an associates degree in human resources and psychology. For many years, Evelyn was a community life leader at the Masonic Care Community, where she was much loved by her co-workers and brought so much joy in the lives of many residents. Full of life and energy, Evelyn was an avid reader and loved nature walks. She spent any time she could where she was happiest, amongst her family and friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Amerosa
Evelyn and Frank were joined in marriage on September 2, 2000, and have been devoted to each other for the past sixteen years, especially these past two years during Frank's illness. Evelyn was on top of every aspect of his treatment. Evelyn and Frank enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends, especially their grandchildren on their boat on Fourth Lake. They were a couple that would do anything for anyone and were loved by all who knew them.
Frank is survived by his two daughters, Cynthia and Patrick Bick of Utica and Jamie and Mike Sheehy of New Hartford; and Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Heather Theobald and Brian Casey of Saratoga; and son, James Okey of Utica. Frank and Evelyn also leave five grandchildren, Gianna Amerosa, Brittni, Mathieson and Michael Theobald, and Isabella Sheehy. Frank has one brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Lucille Amerosa of New Hartford; a sister, Theresa Proteau of Houston, Texas; and a brother and sister-in-law, Todd and Sheri Amoroso of Southington, Conn. Evelyn has seven brothers and six sisters-in-law, Alfred Jr. and Annette LaTour of Pownal, Vt., Frederick and Diane LaTour of Utica, N.Y., Lawrence A. and Maryann LaTour of Liverpool, N.Y., Christopher and Karen LaTour of Utica, Joseph and Margaret LaTour of Whitesboro, Richard and Judy LaTour of Rome, and Scott LaTour of Barneveld. They also have many beloved nieces, nephews, and close and loving friends too numerous to mention. They were predeceased by Frank's daughter, Michele M. Gowans, Evelyn's brother, Arthur LaTour, and her sister, Donna LaTour-Elefante.
Their Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, with the Rev. Joseph Salerno, pastor, as main celebrant. The family will receive visitors following mass.
The family would like to offer their most heartfelt gratitude to the NYS Troopers, especially Trooper Brett Vanderlan, the Fulton County Sheriff's Department, the Ephratah Volunteer Fire Department, as well as many other fire departments, dive teams, and civilian volunteers, for all they have done and continue to do; and also to our many relatives and friends for their endless kindness and compassion during this most difficult time in our lives.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Frank and Evelyn, please consider donations to Ephratah Volunteer Fire Department or your own favorite fire department or Angel Flight whose services Frank and Evelyn really appreciated and the Evelyn House. Donations may be made at the church.
Arrangements are with The Matt Funeral Home of Utica. Online memorials at MattFuneralHome.com.