Rosemary DeRosa

April 13, 2020


Rosemary DeRosa, 89, of Healy Road, Auburn, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 13, 2020, at Auburn Nursing Home joining her son John “Kicker” DeRosa and Margaret “My My” DeRosa in heaven. Rosemary was able to pass away knowing that her loving husband, John DeRosa, was by her side through it all.

Rosemary, better known as “Posie,” was born in Utica, NY, the daughter of the late John and Margaret Jones. She was raised in Syracuse where she graduated from Nottingham High School. She was employed as an operator for the phone company and a dance teacher but was best known for her role as a stay-at-home mom while helping John with the family business. She was known for her good cooking and Sunday family dinners. When she wasn’t in the kitchen, she loved playing her piano, crafting, and being an avid pet lover.

She is survived by her loving husband, John DeRosa, for whom she was married to for nearly 70 years; her children Marilyn (Timothy) Donovan and Donald DeRosa; her daughter in-law Carol DeRosa, her sister Frances Hill; her grandchildren Dana McLoughlin, Stephan McLoughlin, Sean (Mindy) DeRosa, Joshua (Judy) Donovan, Kaitlyn DePlasco and Adrian DeRosa. Also surviving are her many great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her two children listed above, and her sister Margaret Patsos.

A private service for the immediate family was previously held at the convenience of the family. Burial was at St. Joseph's Cemetery. A memorial celebration of Rosemary's life will be held for family and friends at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SPCA, York St., Auburn.

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