Rome – Terry M. DeBonza, 69, of South Crescent Dr., passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Utica.
He was born on July 4, 1952 in Boonville, a son of Joseph F. and Myrtle Sasenbury DeBonza. He grew up in Rome, where he was a graduate of Rome Free Academy, with the Class of 1970. On April 20, 1978, Terry enlisted with the US Air Force, serving in Guam and Maine, until his honorable discharge on April 19, 1982.
He then returned to Rome, NY where he was employed for more than 20 years as a developmental aide with Rome DDSO. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking.
Terry is survived by his significant other Sharon Kellum, Rome, a daughter Kimberly DeBonza, Clinton, son Joseph A. (Maribeth) DeBonza, Albany; four grandchildren: Herman, Brody, Kenzie, and Ethan; step-daughter: Tracy Niemiec, sisters: Carol (Vito) Sparace, Rome, Catherine Barber, Camden, and Laurie Edy, Rome, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Gary F. and Joseph G. DeBonza.
All Services will be held privately, at the convenience of his family. Interment will be in Ava Cemetery. Terry’s arrangements are in care of the Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rome Rescue Mission.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Terry
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc.