Korra Petroco | obituary | Daily Star

August 24, 1932
April 28, 2022

CURTLAND – Cora Ioni (Bridger) Petrocco, 89, died on April 28, 2022, at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania, with her family at her side.
She was born on August 24, 1932, in Middlefield, the eighth of 13 children of the late Orlando and Nellie Marie (Big) Bridger.
She attended schools in Middlefield and Cooperstown, and worked various jobs until her marriage to Romano Petrocco on June 22, 1952.
She became a homemaker mother to her three children born while they lived in Cooperstown and was a member of the Cooperstown Fire Department, the First Baptist Church in Cooperstown.
In July 1963, she and her family moved to Cortland, where her fourth child was born. She continued to raise her family and worked to complete a GED in 1968. She then worked in the customer service desk at Chappell’s Department Store for 20 years, retiring in 1992.
After the family home was sold in 2001, she spent the winter in Texas with her daughter Maria, and lived with her daughter Teresa upon her return to Cortland. Cora’s absolute love of traveling (whether by car, bus, train, boat or plane) has taken her to many states and places of interest in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as abroad, with family and friends. There was an annual girls’ trip with a group of her sisters and nieces who were known as the “Golden Girls” and their lead single was “On the Road Again”. She loved her family very much and cherished all the friends she made along the way.
During her life, Cora enjoyed activities such as playing cards or board games of any kind, mahjong, dominoes, shuffleboard, and even horseshoes. Her other interests included cooking, baking, music, dancing, bowling, swimming, gardening, volunteering, reading and walking.
Cora has been an active member of the United Presbyterian Church for many years, having served as a deacon and with Presbyterian Women (PW). She was a founding member of Women’s Aid for the Cortlandville Fire Department, served as chairperson, and later became an honorary member of the department. She was also a proud member of the Native Daughters of Cooperstown, which holds their annual luncheon in Otesaga.
She is survived by daughters Maria (Richard) Jenny of Georgetown, Texas, Teresa (Larry) Biviano of Cortland, and Angela (Chester Krolla) Petrocco of Benfield; son, Richard L. (Debbie) Petrocco of Cortland; Granddaughter, Jennifer (Evan) Gibel, grandson of Richard R. (Sonia) Petrocco, and great-great-granddaughter, Eleanor Gable, all of Cortland; sisters, Hilda Pomeroy, Wanda Lemon, and Louis Smith; And many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, her husband Romano died in October 1981; brothers Chester, Hermann, Frederick, and David Bridger; and sisters, Gladys Welch, Elizabeth O’Brien, Mildred Jennings, Evelyn Gray and Wilma Higgins Dyer.
Call hours will be held from 4-6 p.m., Monday, May 9, at Wright-Beard Funeral Home, 9 Lincoln Ave. Cortland.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 10, at United Presbyterian Church, 25 St Church, Cortland, with Reverend David Johnson.
Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cortland.
Commemorative contributions in the name of Cora may be made to the Cortlandville Fire Department, 999 State Route 13, Cortland, NY 13045; United Presbyterian Church; or the National Aphasia Association.
To offer condolences online and view the funeral service livestream, visit www.wrightbeard.com.

Posted in May 3, 2022


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