ROVERE - Raphael, M.D. Age 81, formerly of Poughkeepsie and Buffalo, died Sunday, September 30, 2012 at his home in Southern California in the care of his family. Dr. Rovere was born to Joseph and Teresa (Orsini) Rovere in Sezze Romano, Italy on December 26, 1930. He left Italy and journeyed to the United States as a young boy. He was raised in Poughkeepsie, and he later attended Manhattan College and Fordham University in New York. He journeyed back to Italy to attend medical school in Bologna where he received his Medical Doctorate. While in Bologna, he met and married the love of his life, Milena Marigliano, and they returned together to the United States where they settled and raised a family. Dr. Rovere had a long and distinguished career practicing medicine for the State of New York, establishing a thriving private practice in Buffalo, and travelling throughout the States for numerous locum tenens assignments. He was a man who embraced life and dedicated himself to taking care of his family and helping others. Dr. Rovere is survived by his wife, Milena; his son, Mario Rovere; his son, Michael (Diane) Rovere; his grandsons, Dante, Joseph (Yong Ae) Rovere; his niece, Carla Lisa (Bernard) Rovere-Kistner; his nephew, Christopher Joseph (Kayleen) Rovere; his nephew, John (Meg) Rovere; and his grand-nieces, Courtney Erin and Ariel Rachel. Dr. Rovere is predeceased by his brother, Carlo Rovere, and his wife Loretto; and also by his niece, Moira Rovere Bayer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Noon at La Purisima Catholic Church in Orange, California. Burial will be at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange.
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Published in the Buffalo News on Oct. 7, 2012