Obituary of Michael V. Laterza
Michael (Mike) V. Laterza left this earth to join our Lord in heaven January 29, 2023. Mike, 61, of Windham, passed away suddenly at home. He was born in Catskill, NY, and graduated from Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central High School. He served our Nation proudly completing an enlistment in the U.S. Army during his early 20s. Afterward, Mike returned to Windham where he raised his sons Michael and Kevin as a single parent. Mike worked as a carpenter with many talents his entire adulthood. Tirelessly working until he became Owner and Operator of Laterza and Sons Construction.
He was a dedicated father who put the needs of his family above all else.
Later in life he met the love of his life, and life partner, Trisha Rossi.
He shared his love of hunting, fishing, and the outdoors with his sons. Mike treasured his niece Jean, and would go out of his way to include her in many adventures. He also enjoyed extensive traveling with Trish around the U.S. and abroad as they cemented their love for one another.
Mike was pre-deceased by his parents, Vincent and Thelma Laterza, sister, Michelle Albin, and brother-in-law, Gregg Haner. Surviving are his sons Michael and Kevin Laterza of Windham, grandchildren Isabella and Gianna, his life partner Trish Rossi of Hunter, NY, his sisters, Beverly Laterza of Windham, Shiela Laterza (Vinay Singh) of NC, Susan Haner of Coxsackie, NY, Karen Tompkins of FL; brother, James (Kristy) Laterza of GA; brother-in-law, Ron Albin; of Syracuse; and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call Thursday, February 2, from 5 to 8p.m. at Decker Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will occur Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m. - St. Theresa’s of the Child Jesus Catholic Church. Mike will be laid to rest in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Ashland, NY in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Grandchildren, Isabella and Gianna Laterza c/o Rossi at PO Box 983 Hunter NY 12442
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