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August 5, 1947 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Alfonso Monaco (76) passed away unexpectedly on December 29, 2023 following a brief illness. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his parents Guerino and Grazia Monaco, and his infant sister Marlena. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Beverly (Mushalla) Monaco, of Binghamton, NY; his three sons (whom he loved so much) Jamie (Anne) Monaco of Greene, NY, Joey Monaco of Binghamton, NY, Jeffrey (Kaitlin) Monaco of Orchard Park, NY; his grandchildren Dillon, Samantha and Louisa (all of Orchard Park, NY); his brother Mario (Patricia) Monaco of Binghamton, NY; and his brother-in-law Mark (Eileen) Mushalla of Vestal, NY. Alfonso leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews; Michael and Krista Monaco, along with Matthew, Andrew, Chistopher, Alexander, Alyssa, Nicholas, Elijah, Julianna, and Manny Mushalla. Alfonso is also survived by many close cousins and several aunts and uncles who were very influential in his life and shaped him into the loving man that he was.
Born in Vacri Italy, Alfonso and his family emigrated in 1958 from the Abruzzo region in search of the American Dream. Through his hard work, dedication, and perseverance, he found this dream and gave it to his family. A proud Italian-American, he fell in love with this country, became a naturalized American Citizen, and joined the United States Navy after graduating from Binghamton Central High School. While in the Navy, he proudly served on aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Lexington (The Blue Ghost). Upon finishing his military service, he worked for the Binghamton Post Office as a carrier for 40 years. Up until his illness, Alfonso also enjoyed ushering for over 30 years, first at the Binghamton Mets Stadium and then at both the Vision Veterans Memorial Arena and the Broome County Forum Theatre. He loved being a “Redcoat” and the friends that he made while working at these venues.
Alfonso was an avid runner, and he took part in several local and state races. He could often be seen in the pool of his favorite gym, the Riverwalk or relaxing with friends and family at his favorite hangout, the Abruzzese Social Club. He loved going to games and following his Yankees and Raiders. Later in his life, cooking became one of his passions and he proudly preserved (and thankfully passed onto his children) the secret family sauce recipe. Alfonso always looked forward to the noon Sunday dinner at “mammone’s house” with the whole family. After dinner, Alfonso, and his family (all the kids) also enjoyed another Sunday tradition: going to watch football at his father-in-law’s (Frank Mushalla) house. These were the best of times. Marcus Aurelius once wrote: “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” Alfonso lived by these words, and he lived by them with an added sense of style and grace. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. His grandchildren loved their “Papa”, and he loved and adored them. He was a role model for his family, a link between the old world and the new, and he will be deeply missed. Alfonso’s family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. Ramanujan for 30 years of wonderful care and the staff at both Robert Packer and Lourdes Hospitals. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11am on January 12, 2024 at the Church of Saints John and Andrew in Binghamton. Expressions of sympathy can be made in Alfonso's name by donating to the Church of Sts. John and Andrew on Vestal Avenue in Binghamton NY.