Romolo ‘Rom’ DiCianno passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his daughter’s home in Sparks, Nevada, on July 21, 2018, after a brave battle with cancer.
Romolo was born August 19, 1931, in Youngstown, Ohio, to Amedeo Pasquale DiCianno and Carmela Mendozzi DiCianno, two Italian immigrants.
The family moved to East Ely, Nevada, in 1934 and lived in a section house by the tracks of the Northern Nevada Railroad where Amedeo worked.
Rom attended East Ely Grade School and White Pine High School in Ely, graduating in 1949. He decided that college was not his forte and, at the urging of his mother, took the Civil Service Exam to work for the U. S. Postal Service. He worked for USPS from 1950-52. He was drafted and served in the Korean War from 1952-1954, based in Yakuza, Japan. The climate did not agree with his eczema, which was so bad that he couldn’t even load his weapon. He was transferred to the Signal Corps after spending 118 days in Tokyo General Hospital. The Sergeant asked if anyone in the line-up knew how to type. Romolo raised his hand and shouted, “I do!” He then became Company Clerk for the next 17 months. It should be mentioned that the only reason he knew how to type was because he got kicked out of Auto Mechanics class and had to take a typing class. He was an extremely proud veteran.
He returned to work for the Postal Service from 1954 to 1990, when he retired as Postmaster. He was an exemplary employee, accumulating over 3500 hours of sick leave. In 1956, his boss at the Post Office set him up on a blind date with Billie Manderville, the new Canadian nurse in town. It was love at first sight and they married in February of 1957.
Rom was a member of the Elks Lodge for 55 years, a member of the Ely Lions Club for 48 years, and served on the Ely City Council from 2007 to 2013. Rom was very active in the community as a volunteer and enjoyed flipping pancakes for many a community breakfast.
Rom is survived by his sister Marie Carrick of Ely, brother Richard DiCianno of Reno, sons Currie (Barbara) DiCianno of Sparks, and John DiCianno of Ely; his daughter Carmi (Sam) Gundersen of Sparks; his granddaughters Mandi and Jenna Gundersen; grandsons Jared and Sam DiCianno; great grandson, Caden DiCianno; and 14 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Billie DiCianno.
Romolo will be dearly missed by his family, friends and the entire community. He will be remembered for his selflessness, generosity, humor, and kind heart.
Special thanks to Circle of Life Hospice for their excellent care and compassion.
There will be a Rosary at Mountain Vista Funeral Home in Ely at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ely. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Ely Lions Club, P. O. Box 151664 Ely, NV 89315.