May 10, 1925 - October 1, 2018

Ithaca, NY

Mildred Elizabeth (VanTassell) Veneziali passed away peacefully on Monday, October 1 in the comfort of her own bed.

Millie was born on May 10, 1925 to Charles VanTassell and Margaret Schlick. Ninety-three years of life were filled with love from family, friends and the community to which she was so deeply committed to. Describing who my grandmother was and what she valued can be summed up in four simple statements. One: True love. She experienced it when she met and married Peter Thomas Veneziali in 1946, and celebrated 64 years of an enviable marriage. They teased, laughed and loved fiercely. They held hands when they watched evening TV, had decade old nicknames for one another and the sun never fully set without a goodnight kiss. Two: Immeasurable love for their only child. Gail was their one and only child. Their absolute affection for her was unparalleled, and that adoration extended to their five grandchildren. Both Millie and Pete were devoted to their grandkids, taking part in the most important and mundane facets of childhood, and adulthood, and making each and every trip to Grandma's a truly magical experience. Three: Sisterhood. Millie was the middle sister, sandwiched between Margaret (O'Rourke), the oldest, and Dorothy (Cavicchio), the youngest. Their bond and dedication to one another were palpable. Through them, they wove together a tight-knit group of cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; bonds that remain strong to this day. Four: A pioneer. Millie began working for Ma Bell right out of high school. In a career that spanned almost four decades, Millie who started off as a telephone operator, advanced into supervisory roles. She called going to work as "going to business" a badge she wore proudly. Following retirement, Millie remained an active volunteer in the telephone pioneers of America for decades thereafter. Never able to sit still, and always eager to serve, she also volunteered for 20 years at the Cornwall hospital. She is survived by her daughter, Gail (Thayer) and her son-in-law, Barry; four grandchildren: Matthew, Cheryl, Adam and Nicholas; five great-granddaughters: Emma, Lily, Maya, Allie and Keira; her sister, Dorothy; and a number of nieces and nephews. She has been predeceased by many, given her delightful old age, but those that she held dearest include her husband Peter, her sister Margaret, and her first born grandchild Aaron. Her wit, kind face, and loving embrace will be missed more than words can say. We are eternally grateful for the many years of life we enjoyed with her, yet we yearn for one more family dinner together. As a devout Catholic, we hope that she received her final wish: to be reunited with her true love, affectionately known as St. Peter.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 8 at Brooks Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9 at St. Thomas Church with burial following at Calvary Cemetery.

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