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Rosemary (Griffin) Surowka


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Rosemary (Griffin) Surowka Obituary
Rosemary Griffin Surowka, 85, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Saturday, March 7, at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. For most of her adult life, she lived in Batavia, N.Y., most recently at The Manor House.
Born in Albany on Feb. 17, 1930, she was raised in Clinton, N.Y., the daughter of the late F. Stanley Griffin and Genevieve Shea Griffin. Rosemary graduated from Northwestern University and received her Masters from Columbia Teachers College. She taught reading in Batavia Schools for over 30 years and was the President of the Richmond Memorial Library Board for many years.
She loved walking, reading, enjoyed dancing, playing bridge and traveling. More than anything, she loved spending time having fun and laughing with her friends and family.
Rosemary was a longtime member of St. Mary's Church in Batavia.
Rosemary was pre-deceased by her beloved husband of 45 years, Theodore A. Surowka, who passed away on Dec. 5, 2001; her son, Michael G. Surowka, who passed away on Dec. 15, 2013; and her brother, F. Stanley Griffin, Jr.
She is survived by her children, Shaun A. Surowka of Batavia, Maura (Peter) Morgante of Jamestown, Griff (Cathy) of Richmond, Va., and Margaret Surowka-Rossi of Cambridge; her grandchildren, whom she absolutely adored, Patrick Morgante, Molly Morgante, John Morgante. all of Jamestown, and Genevieve Rossi and Tre Rossi of Cambridge; her sister, Joanne Shippey of Akron, Ohio; her brother, Dr. John Griffin of Atlanta, Ga.; many beloved nieces and nephews, and many very dear friends.
The family would like to thank the staff of The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls for their compassionate care of Rosemary in her final months.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at St. Mary's Church, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia. She will be interred at Grand View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Rosemary may make a donation to the , or Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, N.Y. Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 10, 2015
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