Deborah Munch

Deborah A. Munch

1951 - 2020

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Deborah A. Munch, 69, of Remsen, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2020 at the Masonic Home Care Community in Utica. She was one of eight children of Myron and Mary Massey Miller, born in Long Branch, New Jersey on February 23, 1951. Deborah was a graduate of Rome Free Academy Class of 1969. She continued her education at MVCC, earning an Associate Degree in Telecommunications. Deborah accepted a position with N.Y. Telephone in 1969, as a long-distance operator. Her career spanned over 30 years, retiring in 2010 from Verizon as a Central Office Technician. On March 17, 2010, Deborah was united in marriage to Eric Munch, in a ceremony which took place in Clearwater, Florida. Deborah was a member of the Telephone Pioneers at Verizon. She was also a member of the Tramp and Trail Club of Utica and the 911 Bicycle Club. She enjoyed running, hiking, baking, playing tennis and cycling. Deborah was always up for new adventures, whether it be traveling overseas, traversing country roads in her motorcycle side car or catching a Broadway show. She is survived by her beloved husband, Eric Munch of Remsen; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Brian Schillaci of Rome; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Salvatore Mazzara and fiancée Anna Barbi of Rochester, Joseph and Deidre Mazzara of Utica; four brothers, Myron, Robert, James and Kenneth Miller; two sisters, Mary Ann Hertel (Russell) and Cynthia Del Genio (David); two grandchildren, Gianna and Antonia Schillaci; four stepchildren, Colleen, Russell (Cathy), Jennifer, and Kristofer (Amy) Munch; and many nieces and nephews. Deborah was predeceased by her parents, Myron and Mary Miller and a sister, Laura Dart. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of the Placid Household at the Masonic Care Community for the wonderful care they provided to Deborah. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( or the Alzheimer’s Association ( Funeral services are private and there are no calling hours. Interment will take place in Rome Cemetery. Arrangements by Strong-Burns & Sprock Funeral Home 7751 Merrick Road, Rome.