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Memorial services scheduled for Mammano family

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    Jada Kitson/Columbia-Greene MediaA bouquet of flowers sits outside the home of 2753 Route 145 after five people were killed in a house fire Monday.
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    Jada Kitson/Columbia-Greene MediaA sign outside Cairo-Durham Middle & High School offers condolences to the Mammano Family after three children and their grandparents were killed in a house fire at 2753 Route 145 Monday.
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    Jada Kitson/Columbia-Greene MediaInvestigators and firefighters assess the scene of the house fire at 2753 Route 145 in Durham on Tuesday after a fire destroyed the home and killed five people, including three children.
April 5, 2018 06:06 pm

DURHAM — Memorial services are scheduled for five members of the Mammano family who perished Monday in an East Durham house fire.

Calling hours for siblings Jonathen N. Mammano, 10; Jayden A. Caffrey, 8; Sophia G. Mammano, 7; and their grandparents, Nicholas and Mary Mammano, both 68; will be held Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill.

The funeral procession will form at the funeral home Monday at 9:45 a.m. A funeral Mass for Jonathen, Jayden and Sophia and their grandparents will be celebrated at Our Lady of Knock Shrine, 2052 Route 145, East Durham, on Monday at 11 a.m.

“If anybody feels the need to be there [at the calling hours], we want them to know they are welcome,” said Cathy Ballone, John’s sister and Nicholas and Mary Mammano’s daughter.

“On Monday, we are going to have the church ceremony and a full procession from the funeral home to the church, and if anyone wants to be part of the procession, they can join us.”

Private burial will be held in the Town of Catskill Cemetery after the funeral.

“We don’t know the cause of the fire, the investigation is still ongoing,” Ballone said Thursday. “We were told they died from the gases caused by the fire, so they died peacefully in their sleep, which is a blessing.”

Investigators from the state police, Office of Fire Prevention and Control and the Greene County Cause and Origin Team are working to determine how and where Monday’s blaze started. State police requested anyone with information to call 518-622-8600.

Investigators were on the scene for 17 hours searching for clues to a cause, according to state police.

John Mammano, 34, father of the three children and the sole survivor of Monday’s fire, suffered burns over 15 percent of his body, including his face, hands and arms. He is recovering at Clark Burn Center in Syracuse where he remains in critical, but stable condition, state police said.

Ballone was on her way to visit her brother Thursday morning.

“He is still intubated; today it will be removed,” Ballone said. “There is nothing positive to say other than physically, he will be OK.”

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a family-supported GoFundMe fundraiser, which will help cover the funeral costs and to support John, who lost his home and family. To donate, visit or send a check to Cathy Ballone at Fitness for Life, 665 Main St., Cairo, NY, 12413.

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To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.