ARONICA - Michael J. August 8, 2012, beloved husband and
soul mate of Trudi (nee Genco) Aronica; beloved father of
Michael (Mary) Aronica, MD, Lynn-Marie (Michael Cummings, MD)
Aronica, MD, and Jo-Anne (Kenneth) Yermak; loving Papa of
Meghan, Madeline, Marykate, Matthew, Jack, Samantha, Hayden and
Mikenna; son of the late Calogera (nee DiNatale) and Calogero
Aronica; brother of Theresa (late Paul) Burgio, Marianne (late
Salvatore) DiMarco, James (late Marie) Aronica, the late Sarah
Aronica, late Mary (James) Barba and the late Joseph (late
Marlene) Aronica; brother-in-law of Salvatore (Dolores) Genco,
Marilyn (Sal) Amico and the late Josephine Timineri Moran; also
survived by many nieces and nephews, and loving and loyal pet
Yogi. Family present on Thursday from 3-8 PM at the PERNA,
DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 1671 Maple Rd., Williamsville.
Family and friends are asked to assemble for a Mass of Christian
Burial celebrated on Friday at
at St. Benedict's RC Church. Many thanks to the healthcare
providers who gave him their undivided support and love. In lieu
of flowers, contributions in Michael's name may be made to the
Michael Aronica Scholarship Fund, c/o Sweet Home Dollars for
1901 Sweet Home Rd.,
Amherst, NY 14228 or Hospice Buffalo. Michael was a member of
the Holy Name Society at St. Benedict's Church. On line
condolences may be offered at
Michael J. Aronica, who taught science and
coached several sports in the
Sweet Home School District, died Wednesday in his
Clarence home. He was 73.
Buffalo native attended Seneca Vocational High School.
After graduation, he worked as a truck driver while
attending college part
the University of Buffalo, eventually earning both
bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
He taught 26 years in the Sweet Home district – at both
the junior and senior high school, where he also coached
softball, indoor track and cross country.
In 1994, he was named high school cross country
coach of the year by WKBW-TV.
Mr. Aronica was involved in teaching young
athletes going back at least 50 years, having coached
Catholic Youth Organization softball, as well as Connie
Mack Little League softball and baseball, and serving on
the group’s board of directors.
Mr. Aronica was an avid cyclist for decades. He
was a participant in the 1987 Annual Great Bicycle Ride
Across Iowa, a seven-day bicycle ride.
He also participated in the Ride for
Roswell several times and American Lung Association
cycling events and was president of the “Mike Aronica
Bike Club,” a group of friends who got together
regularly to ride bikes.
An active member of St. Benedict Catholic
Church in Eggertsville, Mr. Aronica was a lector and
part of the parish council and Holy Name Society. He was
named St. Benedict Teacher of the Year for his religious
education teaching in the early 1980s.
Mr. Aronica also enjoyed making wine in his
basement and loved traveling with his family. He visited
49 states, most of the Canadian provinces,
Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Trudi;
a son, Dr. Michael; two daughters Dr. Lynn-Marie and
Jo-Anne Yermak; two sisters, Theresa Burgio and Marianne
DiMarco; and a brother, James.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at
9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Benedict Church,
1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville.