Philip J. Oliveto
Due to the current pandemic restrictions, the family plans on having a memorial service at a later date.
Thursday, September 13, 1934
Date of Death:
Saturday, December 12, 2020
86 years old
Philip J. Oliveto
Philip John Oliveto passed away from complications of COVID at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Marys Campus on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the age of 86 years old.
Phil was born in New York City, New York in 1934 to Philip and Josephine Oliveto. He enlisted in the ROTC and graduated from Hofstra University. He then served with the United States Army. He married Veronica (Ronnie) Lanning in 1960, and they moved to Endicott, New York where he began his career with IBM. He was transferred to Rochester, Minnesota where he continued to work for IBM until his retirement.
Phil was known as a “man of integrity”. He believed in making the world a better place and giving back. He was especially concerned with the underprivileged and underserved, as well as the refugee community. Phil never really “retired” as he was always busy volunteering his time to community organizations.
He is survived by Ronnie, his loving wife of 60 years; son, Tom (Mary) Oliveto of Rochester; daughters, Sharon (Don) Gabrielson of Rochester and Kathy (Danny) Anderson of Pine Island; 8 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, and an infant granddaughter.
Memorials suggested to Benedictine Madonna Towers of Rochester, Home Instead Senior Care, The Minnesota Guardian ad Litem Program or Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
Send your condolences to the family of Philip J. Oliveto.
At the family's request, Macken Funeral Home will publish your message on this website.
The family of Philip J. Oliveto has received the following condolences.
Ronnie - - - The last time I talked with you and with Phil was during our walks at Apache Mall. That was well over a year ago. Phil taught me a lot during the time that I worked with Phil at IBM. We meet a lot of people in our lives; but there are a few special people who I will always remember. Phil was special. God has now welcomed Phil into his eternal home. May God comfort you during this difficult time. Dave Amundson
The Sisters of Saint Francis extend condolences to Ronnie and family. May this Christmas be filled with healing memories and all the blessings you so desire, Sister Ramona Miller
RIP Phil. An honorable man I worked with at IBM. Sorry to here of his passing. We had great times working together on IDSS.
I was so sad to see the notice in the PB about Phil's passing. You many remember me from the cast of Sweet Charity, so very long ago, which is when I met Phil. He impressed me as an elegant, kind, and caring man. May God give you strength and peace in the days ahead.
My wonderful friend I will miss you. Just knowing you were around was special for me even though we hadn’t seen each other for several years. I will root (temporarily) for the Vikings in your honor.
Dear Ronnie and family,
We are sorry for your loss and are sending thoughts and prayers your way.
Dec. 19, 2020
Ronnie, Sharon, Kathy, & Tom,
I feel like part of your family after teaching for a number of years at your home, eating dinner with all of you (pizza), meeting your family’s from the east coast and watching the three of you grow up. Your dad was a wonderful friend with a great sense of humor!
Ronnie, my condolences to you.
Dear Aunt Ronnie and family. Your New York family are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Phil was a very kind man. He will be missed and will always be in our hearts. Our prayers are with you.
Shanti,Greg, Sydney and Ryan
I had the distinct honor to work with Phil for many years at IBM. Phil was known for his professionalism, determination, strong negotiations, communications, relations with others, and as his obituary stated, his never wavering INTEGRITY. I want to thank Phil for his service to our country, focus on underprivileged people, and years of volunteerism. Ronnie and Phil as a couple were entertaining and always fun. RIP, my Friend....
I am so sorry to hear of PHils passing. he was a wonderful caring man. he will be so missed . My heartfelt sympathy to Ronnie and the family. he will remain in your hearts.
All of us at Home Instead Senior Care are so saddened to hear about Phil's passing. Phil brought such a positive energy whenever he came to the office, and his smile was contagious. He was the epitome of a great CAREgiver.... kindness, integrity, big-heart and going above and beyond for his clients. Even though it's been many years since I've seen Phil, he left a lasting mark on my (all of our) hearts. May you find strength and peace in the many beautiful memories you have with Phil.
On behalf of all residents and staff, our heartfelt sympathy to Roni and family. Heaven received the kindest gentleman in our midst. Phil was a friend to all and a positive influence to many. The Vikings will never be the same without their #1 fan. Thank you for sharing Phil with us at Madonna Towers/Benedictine Living-Rochester.
Sandy Molenda; Foundation
I am sorry for the family's big loss. As a colleague of Kathy, I have felt some of her good characters (such as integrity) must be formed in childhood when dad's influence was essential.
We are so sorry for your loss. What helped me through is this: grief is just love with nowhere to go. Every day is hard but sharing your memories makes it a little easier. Hugs to all.💗
Phil was a wonderful man very smart. He was always willing to help anyone with their I pad or computer. He helped me out a few times. A very good man he will be missed. He was Loved by many. Phil was a very kind man a good God loving man a man that people loved. Bye Phil. Jim and Vickie
He will be missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. He was a man of integrity and family. His last selfless act was to support Aunt Ronnie through covid19.
Dear Ronnie & family
please know that Bruce and I are with you in thought, prayers and love. Phil is in a better place and will continue to watch over you all as he always has.
we may not be near in person but thoughts and prayers are with you daily.
Go in peace Phil
Barbara n Bruce
Dear Ronnie and Family,
Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for your loss. Phil was a wonderful husband, dad and brother in-law. My your
hearts be light he is with the Lord now and will always be watching over his family. May he Rest In Peace ♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🙏🙏🙏