Olivio "Tete" Monaco

Olivio “Tete” Monaco 79, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 27, 2021. He was born in Ballston Spa, NY on April 1, 1942 to Pasquale and Antoinette Monaco.

Tete was a three sport athlete at Ballston Spa High School. He was a member of the 1958 and 1959 Championship Football Teams and was inducted into the Ballston Spa High School Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the National Honor Society. After graduation he attended Northeastern University before serving in the US Air Force for four years, working as a Med Lab Specialist. Later he worked as a lab technician at Albany Medical Center and Saratoga Hospital. For many years he bartended at Joe Collins, Cliff’s and Mangino’s on Saratoga Lake.

Tete loved his family and friends and especially enjoyed his weekly meals with his brothers and sisters, as long as somebody else was cooking. He was an avid Yankee fan, loved horse racing and you could always find him at the corner barstool at Pennell’s. But his greatest joy of all was spending quality time with his beloved grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Bernard, Louis, Tony, Jimmy, Albert, Harry and Donald Monaco, and his sisters Theresa Monaco, Sophie Wolfersheim, Jenny Odorizzi, Josephine Dufort and Kathryn D’Ambro. Tete is survived by his children Michael Monaco (Monique) and Shari Monaco; grandchildren Michael, Olivia, Nicolas, and Anthony; brothers Joseph Monaco and Pasquale Monaco (Verna); and many nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10:00am Monday, October 4 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions in memory of Tete may be made to: The Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation 30 Tower Lane, #400 Avon, CT 06001 CDLUSA.org/donate

Guest Book

Quinton Monaco

Miss you Uncle "Tete". You will be missed along with the rest of the Monaco's. Fly high.

Jay & Tina Colamaria

Our sincere condolences to the family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Frank Cinella

My condolences to the entire Monaco family. As I was growing up I would hear the name Monaco mentioned so many times in my household by my sisters Peggy and Sue along with my dad, I honestly thought I lived in the village of Monaco rather than Ballston Spa. It was always a pleasure to run into any one of the Monaco's, especially Tete. I remember hearing another story concerning the late William R. Scott (Scottie) when coach Scott was asked the question, "when are you going to retire?" Coach Scott's answer was "when there are no more Monaco's". Rest in peace Tete!! Frank Cinella

Robert & Kristine Weaver

Dear Lori, Tom & family-
We are so sorry to hear of your uncles passing. Please pass on our condolences to your family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May he Rest In Peace.

Paul Monaco

Michael, Monique, and Kids, I was so sad to hear about Uncle Tete. Being my Godfather, he played a special and important part of my life as a young boy/man growing up. I looked up to him and he mentored me in those years. Every birthday and Christmas, he was there for a gift for me. He was always at the games of mine and all our cousins, cheering us on. My dad would take me down to Schenectady to watch him play baseball under the lights in the hardball leagues they had. He was so smooth as silk on that baseball diamond playing shortstop, like I've never seen before. Pure grace. When I was in college, he always had words of encouragement, checked in to ask me if I was keeping my nose in the books, and to tell me to have some fun in NYC along the way, too. Watching him and Uncle Donald banter back and forth with the wisecracks was always quite entertaining (Uncle Tete always seemed to get the best of Uncle Donald, haha). I could always tell my Dad had a special place in his heart for Uncle Tete, too, and he looked over Uncle Tete when he was a young boy after our grandfather passed away. Dad was quite shaken up to hear the news. Dad sends his love to you guys. Michael, we are the luckiest guys in the world to have fathers/uncles like ours who showed us the ways of the world. I'll miss Uncle Tete's kind spirit and big smile. He was a gem. So long, Uncle Tete.

Ted and Carol Dellaporta

Rest in peace Tete. We will remember all the good memories we had growing up together. We will miss you.

Jeff Stickles

Our deepest condolences and prayers to the family during this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts.

Terri Klausner

I am so very sorry for your deep loss. Tete was such a sweet man and always had such a smile and big hug whenever I saw him. Deepest condolences. Love Terri

Donna & Dean Quackenbush

It was such a pleasure to meet Tete through my parents, Don & Nancy Rector. We enjoyed finding him in the Saratoga horse room and catching up on life. Although we never met his family, one thing we knew, for sure, was how happy and proud he was to be a grandfather. It was also so nice to read about his earlier years, too.
Our fondest memory was when he was bartending at Mangino's and made Dean way too many Golden Dream cocktails. What a fun night that was and each time we saw Tete, that was part of the conversation. We will drink a couple in his memory.

May he rest in peace.


Donna & Dean Quackenbush

Mary & Jerry DeFilippo

On behalf of Jerry, Cara, Michael and myself, we offer our sincere condolences to your family. Your father was truly a sincere, kind and friendly person; I know this because these character traits are reflected in you, Michael.
But our loss is Heaven’s gain.
TeTe is finally home.
Take Faith in those precious memories;
and always … his smile.

Thomas Shea

Quite simply, he will be missed and not forgotten