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Felimina “Minnie” Rotundo, 101, owned laundry shops in Buffalo for seven decades

Aug. 9, 1915 – Sept. 6, 2016

Felimina “Minnie” Rotundo of Buffalo, who owned and operated laundry shops in Buffalo for seven decades, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital. She was 101.

Mrs. Rotundo and her husband of 61 years, Benny, founded Rotundo’s, a laundry and dry cleaning shop on West Ferry Street near Grant Street, in 1946.

She later opened the College Laundry Shoppe on Main Street in the heart of the University District, where she continued to work 10 hours a day, six days a week, until earlier this year.

“I was energetic all my life,” she told an interviewer in January. “But don’t ask me to do housework. I don’t like to stay in the house.”

Born in Annville, Pa., one of six children, the former Felimina Viozzi went to work in a shoe factory there at the age of 15.

She and her husband moved to Buffalo in the early 1940s. He died in 1997.

She enjoyed spending time at her summer cottage on the lake in Angola.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph and Gary; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.

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