Bruno Ronkese was born on May 2, 1926 in Cedar Cliff which was in the northern part of the Town of Newburgh along the Hudson River. His parents were Theresa (Pesavento) and Joseph Ronkese who had immigrated from northern Italy in 1911. Bruno was the youngest of seven children. He attended local schools and was inducted into the US Army at the age of 18. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific theater during World War II. His tour of duty took him to the Eniwetok Atoll, the Philippines and finally to Japan as it was occupied by US forces. He returned to the US in late 1946 and served in the Air Force Reserves during the Korean War.
Bruno graduated from New York Technical Institute. From 1952 to 1986, he was employed by IBM and retired as a staff engineer, winning two major awards, the Pisces and the Leonardo Da Vinci awards, for his contributions to the manufacturing process of semiconductor chips. In 1950, he married Veronica Andrejko, who was a foreign language teacher at Marlboro Central High School. They had two sons: Michael who died in 1990 and Robert, a professor of mathematics at the US Merchant Marine Academy on Long Island. Bruno was a member of the American Legion for over 70 years as well as the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). During the 1980s and 1990s, he served as Commander of the American Legion post in Marlboro. He was instrumental as co-chairman of the committee that built the Veterans' Monument at the Marlboro Middle School which honored servicemen raised in Marlboro who had served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus for which he had served in various office positions, as well as a member of UNICO and the Marlboro-Milton Seniors.
Bruno was predeceased by his parents, all six of his fellow siblings, his wife and his first son Michael. He is survived by his son Robert and various nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be at Di Donato Funeral Home in Marlboro on Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Marlboro on Thursday at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow afterwards at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Marlboro.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Di Donato Funeral Service, Inc., 845-236-4300, www.didonatofuneralservice.com
A Memorial Tree was planted for Bruno
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at DiDonato Funeral Service Inc