Rose Marie DiGiovanni (nee Fichera), born in the Little Italy section of Manhattan on Oct. 18, 1917, died peacefully on Oct. 2, 2009, two weeks prior to her 92nd birthday. Rose was married in 1943 to her loving husband Patsy who served as Santa Claus in Farmingdale for many years and predeceased her in 1989. She spent her life busy as a homemaker and employed seamstress. She raised her family through hardship, yet always surrounded those she loved with her broad smile, strong, loving arms and fierce determination. Having spent most of her married life in Farmingdale, Rose moved to New Jersey in 2001 and had spent the last years of her life in the loving care of the devoted staff at the Christian Healthcare Center in Wyckoff, NJ. She leaves behind her loving family: son Earnest and wife Georgeann of Convent Station, NJ, daughter Phyliss and husband Bill of Upper Saddle River, NJ and granddaughters Lisa DiGiovanni, Meredith Tedford and husband Jamie, and grandson Will Maloney and wife Jessica. She also leaves four great grandchildren, Nathan, Lucy and Whitney Tedford and “Kiddo” Maloney. Her extended family includes granddaughter Connie Calabrese and husband David and their daughters Julie, Melissa and Catie.
Arrangements were made by the C.C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home, Ridgewood. Funeral Mass was held on Oct. 7 at St. Gabriel’s RC Church, Saddle River, with burial at St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Christian Healthcare Center, 301 Sicomac Ave., Wyckoff, NJ 07481.