Remo Rocchi, 95, Gallipolis, on Sunday August 13, 2017 God took our dad home. He was born in Bagni Di Lucca, Italy, Tuscany Province August 16, 1921 to Astolfo and Lilia Brunicardi Rocchi. In 1923 dad along with his brother, Robert and his parents moved to the United States, to Gallipolis. A family business, The Grande Cafe was established that year on the 300 block of 2nd. Ave. Remo graduated from Gallia Academy High School and then on to Ohio University. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the US Army, shortly before he graduated college. After the war, he met Helen Marie Lawless in September 1947 an married her January 12, 1948. He returned home to the family business. Eventually the Grande Café was sold and the Topsy Turvy opened. That evolved into the Remo’s, well known to this day.
Remo was preceded by his parents, Alstolfo and Lilia Rocchi, his brothers, Robert and Lido Rocchi, his wife, Helen Marie Rocchi, a beloved grandson, Tony Rocchi, and a son in law, Jim Roush.
Remo is survived by: 10 children, Charlene (Terry) Ward, Tim (Donna) Rocchi, Sandi Darnbrough, Keith (Sharon) Rocchi, Lil Babbitt, Theresa (Kenny) Chojnacki, Mario (Kim) Rocchi, Jeff (Jolene) Rocchi, Robbie (Shari) Rocchi, and John (Bobbie) Rocchi, 14 grandchildren, Michael Ward, Angie Smith, Gwynne Darnbrough, Joey Darnbrough, Patrick Rocchi, Cara Mounts, Nicholas Rocchi, Krista Rocchi, Brandon Rocchi, James Heady, Broc Rocchi, Brandy Davis, Brant Rocchi, Megan Fraley, and Ryan Clary, and 14 great grandchildren.
Remo was the longest standing member of St. Louis Catholic Church, with a strong devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He was a lifelong member of VFW Post 4464 and the American Legion Post 27. He lovingly served our Lord and our Country. For all who knew him, you’ve been blessed with his war memories and his Catholic faith. Dad, we love you.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday August 18, 2017 at St. Louis Catholic Church, with Father Thomas Hamm officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery, where Military Funeral Honors will be presented by the Gallia County Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may call at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. concluding with a Rosary Service. Pallbearers will be: Joey Darnbrough, Morris Casey, Brandon Rocchi, Mike Ward, Broc Rocchi, Josh Mounts, and Brant Rocchi.
Remo always believed in helping others, so in lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice in his memory.
An online guest registry is available at waugh-halley-wood.com