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Rosalie J. Ognibene

Rosalie J. Ognibene
  • October 31, 1915 - January 7, 2016
  • Gates, New York

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Ognibene, Rosalie J. (Yannello)

Gates: January 7, 2016 at the age of 100. Predeceased by her husband, Frank J. Ognibene. She is survived by her children, Martha Ognibene & Thomas Ognibene; several cousins, nieces & nephews.

Rosalie's visitation will be held 2-5 PM on Sunday at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane (between Rte 390 & Long Pond Rd). Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10AM on Monday at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 4100 Lyell Rd (west of Elmgrove Rd). Interment private. Donations may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 in Rosalie's memory.

Eulogy For Mom
Rosalie was born in Dunkirk, New York on
Halloween Night 1915 to Raymond and Minnie Yannello.
1 out of 5 children she grew up as a tomato farmer's
daughter.
She grew up with a love for photography (which was
passed on to Tom) and shows from the numerous photo albums and
slides that I keep finding all through the house.
Her mom and dad passed away early in life.
Her mom Minnie had cancer and Rosalie stayed home and took care
of her.
She went to school to be a book keeper and went to New York City
to a school for candy and cake decorating and we all know who she
passed these on to.
She got married in Oct 1950 to Frank and the fun began.
Tom came along and then me two years later.
Rose was always busy. In Medina, a den mother with Toms
cub scout troop and she was having home parties selling
Sarah Coventry jewelry and raising us kids.
Many fond memories from Medina we all have. From grandmas
house to our house on Ohio Street.
That fireplace in the back at grandmas and the pear tree where we all
went to pick and can pears.
Remind us later about the chicken in the back yard at our
house on Ohio Street.
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We moved to Rochester in 1962 where Rosalie and Frank both
got their real estate license. I remember going with mom to open
houses every weekend at a new house development.
She then decided to get a job at Ragu taking care of their
books and the payroll. As Ragu grew they gave all their
employees stock in the company.
Mom loved people and enjoyed visiting the relatives.
On many weekends we would be heading out to LeRoy, Fredonia,
Dunkirk, or just in Rochester.
Remember she had a large family and so did dad.
She loved to entertain and dad loved to show off his garden.
Many holiday parties and summer chicken BBQ's were had.
Mom got the chicken and the marinade and dad did the grilling.
I wonder who that rubbed off on.
Every Christmas Mom would make her fudge, fig bars and sesame
seed cookies. We would make boxes for all the families and mail
them out. I would marvel at her ability to beat the fudge and make
up to 3 batches in one day. My arm kills me after one batch.
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She was very active in her church and community:
One of the first families of St Jude's Church.
She loved to Bowl and collect stamps.
She was President of the Gates Amita Club
and an Officer of two Senior Clubs and
was In the Marion League.
She cashed in her stocks in Ragu and Martha's Cake Decorating
was born. When she retired from Ragu she worked every day at the
store on Long Pond Road.
She liked to travel and went to New Orleans to see Emeril Lagasse,
and the Rose Bowl with Sam and Joanne Ognibene
and Hawaii with dad and aunt Mary Schabert.
For years She clipped coupons and would send them to military
bases all over the world. She would get letters from the families
thanking her and some still send Christmas Cards.
I bet right now there is a bbq going on with both families with
dad and Uncle Sam Civilette cooking,
and Uncle Sam Ognibene sampling the sausage
welcoming mom home.
Mom enjoyed life and taught us how to give of ourselves.
She will be missed by many people but mostly by her children