Suanne O'Hara Savino

On Aug 9 in her home, surrounded by family, the Lord called Suanne O’Hara Savino to be with her original family. She was born to John and Esther (Marriott) O’Hara in Utica, NY on November 2, 1937 and enjoyed a beautiful life with her husband Anthony, her four children and three grandchildren. She is predeceased by her only siblings Stephanie Hughes and Patricia Hally. She was a devout Catholic and a communicant of All Saints Parish.

Her father was employed by Pennsylvania Railroad Company and her mother Chicago Pneumatic. Suanne was a proud graduate of Utica Free Academy (1954) and enjoyed Sorority life there; and is an Alumna of The State University at Geneseo, NY.  She began her career teaching second grade at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Utica along with working summers in the Adirondacks. It was at this time she met her husband, Anthony J. Savino of Groveland, NY.  After a courtship complete with convertible rides, ice cream sodas and Adirondack outings, they were married August 20, 1960 by Suanne’s cousin,

Reverend William Donavan at St. John Cathedral, Utica.

She and her husband enjoyed their almost 60 years of marriage, mostly, in Upstate and Western NY.  Anthony’s profession in school systems introduced them and their children to the diverse areas of New York State. Together, they enjoyed the outdoor life of swimming, boating, skating, skiing, tennis, apple picking and picnicking while living in Herkimer, Dutchess, Sullivan and Steuben counties.

As their children grew, Suanne remained lock-step with their academics and adventures; always lending a hand to assure homework was done and music practice timed to completion. You would find Suanne cheering at swim meets and front-center for plays, concerts and graduations. She proudly served as a Troops’ Leader, school trip escort and dance chaperone.

Suanne truly enjoyed travel. She would hop on a boat, plane, bicycle, train or convertible ready to embrace the adventure with her husband or to visit family. Her travels included Germany, Italy, Ireland, US Virgin Islands, and domestically, from Northern California to Cape Cod and Florida to Maine. Her favored trip was reuniting with family and friends in Utica for the Annual Boiler Maker Race. Until just a few weeks ago, you could find her and her husband enjoying Keuka Lake from the Hammondsport Park bench. Suanne was patriotic, proud of her family and country.

Suanne was known for her giving spirit. She volunteered in several organizations throughout her life, most recently with the Red Hats, Dancing Grannies, Sugar and Spice, Resurrection Choir and RSVP Corning. In her earlier years with the Bath VA, Catholic parishes, the LAOH Hibernians and many more. One of her happiest associations was a “Dancing Granny”. She loved her dancing-friends and performing at the County Fair, various clubs and especially the nursing homes. She cherished her friendships made in her dancing and singing groups.

All animals could quickly read her kind spirit and love for them, especially dogs, birds and bunnies. Suanne had a talent for art, especially sculpture, watercolor and sketching and a creative flair as a wordsmith and accompanying light humor. There wasn’t a puzzle or board game she would shy away from. She enjoyed gardening, tennis, ice and roller skating, skiing, sewing – especially for her children, reading – especially James Patterson and mystery novels, but mostly singing and dancing - with her husband (Aragon), in church and with Senior Groups.

Once her children grew, Suanne became the owner of The Bourbon Shoppe, she greeted everyone with a smile and sometimes on her roller skates. She and her husband also enjoyed their roles as owners of The Erwin Motel for over 20 years, until their retirement to Hillcrest Drive in Painted Post.

Suanne’s spirit was the sunshine that engaged all who crossed her path, emitting from her ever present smile, it would brighten any space she occupied. We are confident it continues today in heaven and blessing here.

In addition to Anthony, Suanne is survived by her four children and three grandchildren: Michael (Michelle), Darien, CT; Thomas of Corning; Kathleen (Kevin), Colts Neck, NJ; and Mary Jo; grandchildren Katie, Lauren and Piper of Darien. Besides her children and grandchildren, she is survived by cousins in the Rochester, NY area and several dozen nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours were held at Phillips Funeral Home in Corning, Monday, August 17, 1-3PM and 6:30–8:30PM. A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, August 18, 10AM at St. Mary’s Church of Corning.

Posted online on August 21, 2020