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Rosemarie V. Kennedy

It is with sad hearts that our family wants everyone to know that Rosemarie (Rosie) V. Kennedy died on July 21st, 2017 shortly after being diagnosed with an extremely aggressive case of ALS ( Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Rosie was born at home in Fiumara di Piraino, Sicily to Concetta Romano and Gioacchino Princiotta where she lived with her paternal grandmother Rosina Cusmano until the age of 11.

When her grandmother became ill her father went to Fiumara and brought to the Bronx, NYC where she lived with the rest of the family until she became financially independent and started her adult life.

Her love of nature and exceptional mathematical skills (as told by her) were developed during her formative years in Sicily, climbing trees and eating fruit and nuts in the orchard owned by the family.

The family has been overwhelmed by the love and support of all those that knew her, especially from family child care educators. We were humbled by reading all the letters and emails describing the impact Rosie had in their lives and how much she loved what she did.

When she was a family child care educator, Rosie realized how deeply and permanently the earliest experiences affect each child, their families and communities. She made it her life’s work to support family child care educators and advocate for them.

Rosie asks that contributions be made to the California Family Child Care Network (CFCCN), a charitable non-profit organization that addresses early childhood education issues at a statewide level and promotes excellence and peer support among all of California’s family child care educators.

Please send your contributions to:

California Family Child Care Network

P.O. Box 23, Lafayette, California 94549

For more information please email

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Service details will be posted as soon as they become available.
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  1. To my very good friend!

    Written by: Frances Cinardo

    Rose was the warmest, most hospitable, giving person I have ever known. She will not be forgotten.

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