Robert Botash

Robert J. Botash

Sunday, May 25th, 1924 - Sunday, January 26th, 2020
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Irondequoit: Entered into eternal rest at the age of 95 on January 26, 2020. Born May 25, 1924 in Rochester, NY. Predeceased by parents, Victor and Margaret Botash; loving wife of 61 years, Mary (Laudisi) Botash; daughter, Janine Botash; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Giovanni and Adelina Laudisi. Left to cherish his memory are son and daughter-in-law, Drs. Robert and Ann Botash; daughters, Carole Botash, Lisa (Michael) Ellison; grandchildren, Melissa (Marcin) Ciolek, Matthew Gambino, Katherine (Joseph) St. Cyr, Dr. Christopher Botash, Rachel Ellison, Nicole Ellison, Brittany Ellison; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Gaetano Siconolfi; niece, Leslie Siconolfi.

Bob was drafted into the army during WWII while attending his first year at the University of Buffalo. He joined the 9th infantry division where he saw combat in Europe before being captured in the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest. He was a prisoner of war in Nazi Germany for 7 months before being liberated in 1945. From there he returned home to complete his degree in Business Administration. He met and married the love of his life, Mary Laudisi. With her encouragement, Bob pursued a career in education. He went on to complete his Master of Education degree from the University of Rochester. He taught history in the Churchville-Chili School district and subsequently was chosen to become the principal of the Junior High School; a position he held for many years.

He retired in 1985 and was very active in the Combat Infantry and American Ex-POW groups. Bob eventually served as the Commander of the American Ex-POW group. He was also an usher at St. Margaret Mary Church for over 20 years. Bob was a consummate gentleman whose family was the center of his life. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He always had a smile on his face which made others enjoy being around him. As an extremely patriotic person, he was a true example of what made the “Greatest Generation” so great! Bob will be missed by all who knew him!

Family and friends are welcome Friday, January 31st from 3-5 and 7-9pm at the Dreier-Giltner Funeral Home, 1717 Portland Ave. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday 9:30am at St. Kateri Parish at St. Margaret Mary Church. Interment with full military honors will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation:, designate donation to the Soaring Valor program or to Honor Flight Rochester: To send the family a condolence or leave a message please visit
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 31st, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Friday, January 31st, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Dreier-Giltner Funeral Home
    1717 Portland Ave.
    ROCHESTER, NY 14617
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, January 31st, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, January 31st, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Dreier-Giltner Funeral Home
    1717 Portland Ave.
    ROCHESTER, NY 14617
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 9:30am
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 9:30am
    St. Margaret Mary Church
    401 Rogers Parkway
    Rochester, NY 14617
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  • Interment

    Holy Sepulchre Cemetery


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Paula Kenfield Gambrill

Posted at 07:21pm
Sending my deepest condolences to the Botash family. I remember him fondly for being my Principal at Churchville-Chili Junior High. He was a great man.

Michelle zupancic

Posted at 12:23pm
With deepest sympathy
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Posted at 04:35pm
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Brenda Buttaccio Lawson

Posted at 04:21pm
At all our family gatherings with the Rochester side of the family, I looked forward to seeing my father's (Freddy Buttaccio) cousin Bob Botash! His warm smile and gentlemanly manner were always present. He always had a kind word and shared many funny Clyde stories with me over the years whenever we met. Aunt Flora (Buttaccio Avoli) always said he felt like another one of her brothers because of the time she spent living with Bob and his folks. I am unable to attend his calling hours or service, but send my sincere sympathies to the entire family. You have lost a treasure. Regards, Brenda Buttaccio Lawson


Posted at 09:21am
The Upstate CARE team, Alicia, Nancy, Anne, Liz, Temika, Iram, JoAnne send your family our heartfelt condolences. We are very sorry for your loss and we are thinking of you all.

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