Rose (Minosh) Cirillo, age 88, formerly of Church Street, Mohawk, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica.
She was born on January 19, 1925 in East Frankfort, the daughter of Joseph and Angelina (Gillette) Minosh and graduated from Mohawk High School in 1943. Rose married Joseph A. Cirillo, Jr. on Sept. 7, 1946 at Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk. He died on May 18, 2006. Mrs. Cirillo founded and was past president of the Better Breathers Club of the Mohawk Valley which led to the forming of seven other clubs in the10 county area which was sponsored by the American Lung Association. She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church and its Rosary Society, and the Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary, the board of directors of the American Lung Assocociation of Mid-New York, the advisory board for Respiratory Care at MVCC and the advisory board of the Self Help Clearing House. She was also a devoted Girl Scout leader for many years.
When recalling Rose’s life, we especially remember her warm, loving ways. A friend to all, she was truly a friend who unselfishly assisted anyone who needed help. She truly embodied the definition of nurturer, always there to offer a prayer and a meal. She was a great cook and baker. We can still smell her signature sauce and meatballs that were ever present on the stove. Her hobbies included crocheting, ceramics, macramé, gardening and working crossword puzzles and the Jumble.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Victoria and Thomas Whittaker, of Norwich, Angela and James Traglia, of Mohawk, Julie Rose and Kevin Joyce, of Mohawk; her sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph A. III and Maryann Cirillo, of Mohawk, and Thomas and Marie Cirillo, of Vestal; 15 grandchildren, David Whittaker and his wife, Ann Marie, of Chester, Vt., Katherine Whittaker, of Fishkill, Joseph M. and Mary Cirillo, of Mohawk, Michael Cirillo and his wife, Emily, of Liverpool, Daniel Cirillo and his wife, Jennifer, of Vestal, Emily Sanzo and husband, Nate, of Vestal, Thomas Cirillo, of Vestal, James A. and Christy Traglia, of Mohawk, and Paul, Juliana, Matthew, Anthony and Christopher Joyce, of Mohawk; her sister, Theresa Dievendorf, of Ocala, Fla.; her brother-in-law, Patrick Cirillo, of Mohawk; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Cecelia Crowe, and her grandson, Jonathan Cirillo.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, and 11:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Leo Potvin, assisted by Sister Mary Jo Tallman, parish life director. Interment will be in Mohawk Cemetery.
Calling hours are Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home.
The Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at the funeral home.
Page 2 of 2 - The family would like to thank Rose’s many care givers, especially the staff of the Saranac Household at the Masonic Care Community for the excellent care she received there.
Anyone wishing to share a memory of Rose, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet.
In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Blessed Sacrament Church, 54 E. Main St., Mohawk, NY 13407 or Herkimer Mohawk Interfaith Food Pantry, 104 N. Washington St., Herkimer, NY 13350. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
The family would also appreciate Mass cards, because Rose was a devout Catholic with a great devotion to the Holy Rosary and Divine Mercy.
The Cirillo family has entrusted all service arrangements and supervision to their friend and family funeral director Don Applegate.