Ruby Gamarino, 92, of Brockport, died peacefully Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27, 2013 at the DuBois Regional Medical Center surrounded by her family.
She was born Dec. 14, 1920 in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Joseph and Sadie Steis.
She was a graduate of St. Leo’s School. She worked at Stackpole Carbon for four years, at the 5 and 10 Store in Ridgway for three years, and at Brockway Glass for three years.
On June 24, 1950 at St. Leo's Church in Ridgway she married Carl Gamarino, and they started a successful construction business where she was the bookkeeper. She also owned the Pizza Castle on Boot Jack for many years. Along with her sisters, they delighted customers with their delicious pizza and hoagies. Her homemade buns and original hoagie sauce were infamous.
She was a member of the Holy Cross Church in Brandy Camp. She was also a member of the Rosary Society, the Horton Twp./Brockway Area Lions Club, and was an election judge for Horton Township many years. Often referred to as the “Legend of Brockport,” she loved people and was everyone's friend. She loved kids, especially her two grandsons and her many nieces and nephews. Although she wasn’t Italian, she was one of the last of the great Italian cooks, making homemade pasta, ravioli and polenta. She loved polka parties, playing canasta with her family, playing bingo at the church, and playing the slots at the casino.
She is survived by one son, Carl Alexander “Butch” Gamarino and his wife Dineen of Brockport; two grandsons, Carl Joseph “CJ” and Stephen Michael; two sisters, Mabel Bates of Pittsburgh and Jospehine Fasenmyer of Warren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Howard, Clifford and Glenn Steis; and three sisters; Grace Patterson, Pearl Peterson and Geraldine Raubenstrauch.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Ruby Gamarino will be celebrated on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Church in Brandy Camp, with Fr. Rob Horgas presiding and Msgr. Charles Kaza and Fr. Ross Miceli as co-celebrants.
Burial will follow in St. Leo’s Cemetery in Ridgway.
Friends will be received on Thursday evening, Jan. 31 from 7-9 p.m. and on Friday, Feb. 1 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Carlson-Shugarts Funeral Home Inc. in Brockway. A vigil service will be held Friday evening at 8:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
Floral tributes will be accepted at the funeral home or memorial donations may be made to the Holy Cross Church in Brandy Camp.
Online condolences may be left at csfhinc.com.