Dante Romano Obituary
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Dante A. Romano

April 11, 1932 - February 19, 2013
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Dante A. Romano was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Dante always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, flamboyant and outgoing, Dante was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.        His parents were Crescenzo and Fortunata Romano. Dante was raised in Watervliet, New York. Always able to express himself well, Dante possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Dante was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.       Blessed with a balanced attitude, Dante was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Dante was raised with two siblings, a brother Mario (deceased) and a sister Helena. Dante had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.       As a young child, Dante showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Dante...
Dante A. Romano was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Dante always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, flamboyant and outgoing, Dante was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

       His parents were Crescenzo and Fortunata Romano. Dante was raised in Watervliet, New York. Always able to express himself well, Dante possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Dante was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Dante was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Dante was raised with two siblings, a brother Mario (deceased) and a sister Helena. Dante had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Dante showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Dante enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He was artistic and loved playing basketball.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Dante was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He graduated from Watervliet High School in 1950. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was P.E. (Physical Education). He was a star basketball player on the Varsity team and was voted best dancer in high school.

      On August 26, 1957 Dante exchanged wedding vows with Kathe Helen Jensen at St. Anne Catholic Church of Las Vegas, Nevada. Dante was attentive to Kathe's feelings, and he charmed Kathe and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Dante was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid himself, Dante identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Dante was blessed with two daughters, Kathe and Karen. He was also blessed with two granddaughters, Shelby and Bridget.

      Dante was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Dante’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Dante was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Dante could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was as a Shift Manager in the gaming industry. He was employed by most of the major hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.

      Dante was in the Air Force. Dante was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He was stationed in San Antonio, Texas. Dante saw action in the Korean War. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

      Dante enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were basketball and swimming. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Because he liked to take risks, Dante was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. In high school, Dante played basketball and baseball. Recreational sports included basketball and he had a record of 124 free throws in a row! Dante was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were basketball and the New York Yankees.

      Dante was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. His family was rounded out by his cat, Snowball.

      When Dante’s retirement finally came in 1997, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. His new life involved relocating to Sun City in Las Vegas. In retirement, he continued to take pleasure in working out at his local health club.

       He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Kathe Helen Romano; daughters Kathe Romano of Las Vegas, NV, Karen (Tim) Cauley of Chanhassen, MN; granddaughters Shelby and Bridget Cauley; his sister Helena Robinson of Watervliet, New York and niece Melissa Robinson of Silver Spring, MD. He is preceded in death by his parents, Crescenzo and Fortunata Romano, and an older brother, Mario Romano. Services were held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Dante was laid to rest in the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

      Dante was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Dante had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Dante A. Romano.

"Kathe, My thoughts are with you & your family during this difficult time of loss." Karen Kampfer

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