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Rose Mary Zammuto


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Rose Mary Zammuto 1921—2018
Rose Mary Zammuto (nee Gaziano), 97, of Rockford, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Rockford Memorial Hospital, with her loving family by her side. She was born January 3, 1921, in Oglesby, IL to Joseph and Carmela Gaziano, the fifth of 12 children. Rose was a lifelong member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, attended St. Anthony Grade School, Rockford Central High School (Class of 1939) and the University of Illinois. During WWII, Rose worked for the Office of Price Administration. Following the war, in 1945, she married the love of her life, Peter A. Zammuto, who she met in the 2nd grade. She worked in Peter's family grocery businesses of Liberty Market in south Rockford and Courtesy Foods in Loves Park. Rose was active in numerous St. Anthony Church organizations, including the National Catholic Society of Foresters (Court 674), Altar & Rosary Society, Renew Prayer Group and St. Joseph Altar Committee. For many years, Rose led the prayer Novena in Italian for the annual St. Joseph Altar. She received the Rockford Deanery Woman of the Year Award in 2011 for Outstanding Christian Service to St. Anthony of Padua Parish; and the Ethnic Heritage Museum 2012 Italian Woman of the Year. Rose was an artifacts and historical content contributor to the Rockford Midway Village "Many Faces, One Community" exhibit. Rose served as an Auxiliary board member of Presence Saint Anne Center. She was an expert knitter, and in addition to making scarves and baby blankets for family and friends, she regularly knitted hats for newborns in the neo-natal units of St. Anthony and Rockford Memorial Hospitals. Predeceased by her parents; beloved husband, Peter; brothers, Rosario (Elisa), Serafino (Rose), Anthony, Sam (Rose), Angelo, Frank (Brother Carmelo, O.F.M.), Raymond and Joseph; sisters, Angelina Bari, Mary (Sister Carmela, O.S.F.), Suzanne (Bill) Ford; and daughter-in-law, Beatrice Zammuto. Survived by children, Rosemarie Getto, Angelo (Kathy), Carmela Zammuto (Paul Caccia), Joseph (Nancy) and Josephine (Cass) London-Williams; grandchildren, Peter (Lindsay), Frank (Jenifer), A.J., Michael, Paul Getto (Tiana Murillo); great-grandson, Nathan Zammuto; dear brothers-in-law, Joseph A. Zammuto (Tess) and Alfeo Bari; loving sisters-in-law, Susan Gaziano, Mary Louise Gaziano, Diane Gaziano and Tess Zammuto; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Rose touched and inspired the lives of many and leaves behind very dear family and friends, including special friends at Siena on Brendenwood. Special thanks to the dedicated medical and nursing staff at Rockford Memorial Hospital for their compassion and care during her recent illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Barbara Olson Center of Hope and the Poor Clare Nuns of Rockford.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2018, in St. Anthony Church, with Franciscan Friars officiating. Visitation will be Thursday morning in the church from 9 a.m. until service time. Inurnment in St. Mary Cemetery. Arrangements are made with Gasparini & Oliveri Funeral Home, 707 Marchesano Dr. Condolences to: www.gasparinioliverifuneral.net.
Published in Rockford Register Star from May 15 to May 30, 2018
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