Celestina Rovazzini Brezovsky Perry – The leader of Gloversville Herald
Johnstown – Celestina “Tina” Rovazzini Brezovsky Perry passed away peacefully on June 9 at Mountain Valley Hospice with her family at her bedside, just days after celebrating her 99th birthday.
Born June 4, 1923 in Fort Plain, she was the daughter of Pio and Mary Rovazzini. During her teenage years, she moved to Johnstown, where she attended Johnstown Schools, and resided there for over 5 decades. She has spent her career working in various glove factories for over 60 years including Gates Mills, Samco and many others which has made her an excellent glove maker and very talented seamstress.
With her first husband Matthew Brezovsky, she owned Brezovsky’s restaurant in 1965. Many local residents still remember her delicious pastries, chicken and cookies, and meatball sandwiches. During her years, she traveled across the country several times with her second husband Leslie Perry, with whom she really enjoyed life. She told incredible stories of dancing at Sherman’s in Caroga Lake, NY, driving Model T Fords, working in the factory, owning a restaurant, and raising her family.
Tina loved to cook, cook, go for car rides, find words, listen to music and spend time with her family and friends. You can always count on her to cook you a cheesecake during the holidays, or make you homemade pasta and sauce. Nobody ever went hungry at Tina’s. She made the holidays very special. They were neighborhood events, where anyone had a seat at their table and could enjoy a home-cooked meal. Her faith in God was a big part of her life and she was devoted to her church family. Coffee time was a little tastier when it was Tina’s turn to bake the cookies.
She was also a life member of the Johnstown Moose Club, where she cooked and coordinated parties in her early years.
Always a go-getter, she decided in her 60s to go back to school and got her GED. She enjoyed playing cards and was a huge fan of Saratoga Raceway and Casino. She was part of the Greatest Generation, Americans who have seen it all, which made it a treat to visit her and hear stories collected over her incredible 99 years. She lived and stayed strong for her family. Everything she did was for them.
In 1999, she moved to Gloversville to live with her daughter Jacqueline. The two were a great pair and Jacqueline dedicated herself to ensuring that her mother was safe, comfortable and cared for at home until her very last days.
Tina is survived by her daughter Jacqueline Capasso, her granddaughter Anne (Justin) Boles, her grandson Matt (Andrea Russell) Brezovsky, her granddaughter Chrissy and her two great-grandchildren who brought sunshine into his life, Lorenzo Boles and Zoey Brezovsky. She also leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins and many good friends: Carol Perry, June Parker, Amelia Decicco, Bette Getman, Sandy Maceyka, Barb Hyrniak, Pastor Joyce Royal and Sharon Rogers. She was predeceased by husbands Matt Brezovsky and Leslie Perry (thank goodness for Les!), as well as son William Brezovsky, brothers Frank, Baby R, Guy, Louie, Leno, sister Linda and grandchildren William Brezovsky. Glass and Alicia Glass.
Tina’s family would like to sincerely thank Maria Hall of St. Mary’s Healthcare, Dr. Michael Sheridan and Sue Frasier, CNA Roberta, and all the staff at Mountain Valley Hospice for providing her with the best care. We are very grateful.
Gram Tina has always said she’s in “borrowed time,” but it’s still not easy to say goodbye. Even though she is gone, we can honor her by imitating her love for life. So please take that trip, wear your clip earrings, put on your lipstick, hug your family, hit the casino and have a night out. We will always love you mom and grandma.
Family and friends can call Monday, June 13, 2022 at Amico Funeral Home, 150 South Main Street in Gloversville at 11 a.m., with a 12 p.m. service, Pastor Joyce Royal officiating. Interment will then take place in Ferndale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: North Main Street United Methodist Church, 316 North Main Street Gloversville, Mountain Valley Hospice, or www.stjude.org.
Leave your condolences at www.amicofuneralhome.com.