ROSE POCOGRANO, 94 years as a Stamford resident. Rose Conetta Pocograno was born on the good old West Side where everybody knew everybody. She was the daughter of Julia and Silvestro; sister of Jerry (Mary), Dominick (Rose), Mary (Sam) and Rocky (Jean); wife of Cosmo (one of the first chiropractors in town); mother of Rosemarie (Donnie) and Vincent (Gloria); grandma of DJ (Carla), Donna (Craig), Mike (Joy), and Vicki (Chris); great grandma of Joey and Natalie; aunt, cousin, and friend to many. She attended Hart School but left to help her large, extended family. Rose worked at Peter Rosa's Dress Factory with her mom. When she married, she worked at Freiberg's Ribbon Co. and then the Cutex factory. She was a faithful parishioner of Sacred Heart Church, evident by being a longtime and the oldest member of the Rosary Society. Rose helped clean the rectory and ironed the altar cloths with her mom, who also used to cook for the priests. Later on she helped with separating and recording the Sunday envelopes and taking care of the plants. All of this was done with dedication to her faith and the need to help. She was very proud to receive the St. Augustine Medal of Service from Bishop Lori in 2010. Her main focus was taking care of family and home, including riding her tractor to cut the lawn. Rose enjoyed bowling, tennis, bocce, playing cards, and traveling. Mom- you are no longer with us in body, but you will always be with us in spirit. We will remember your get-up-and-go determination, your love, your smile, your fun-loving spirit, your desire to stay independent. You have seen and endured a lot, all with, as you said, "broad shoulders." God and his angels are going to have their hands full. We can just see it now. - "Gabriel, before you blow your horn, put your coat on, it's cold outside. Michael, I know you're the archangel, but don't go out with your hair wet, you'll catch a cold." And Mom adding, if they don't listen, "eh, watta ya gonna do." Now that there are no more aches and pains, bowling and tennis are there again for you to play. But please, go easy on your opponents. Don't forget to stop and rest every once in awhile when you're cutting the lawn with the tractor. Gotta love it. Until we meet again, Mom. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM at Sacred Heart Heart RC Church, 37 Schuyler Avenue, Stamford. Interment will be private and there will be no calling hours. The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902 is honored to assist the Pocograno family with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Rose's memory to a
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Published in StamfordAdvocate on May 16, 2012