Rosemarie P. Gadsby, age 80, of Cheshire, entered into rest on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at home with her loving family by her side. She was the devoted wife of Peter Gadsby for over 35 years. Rosemarie was born on December 2, 1939, in New Haven, daughter of the late Michael and Victoria Piscitelli.
Rosemarie grew up in West Haven, where her family ran a produce farm, and was a graduate of West Haven High School. She worked for over 10 years with IBM in Hamden as private secretary for the district manager, and later for Interpay as a payroll processor and auditor. Rosemarie was very proud of raising two self-sufficient daughters, always loving and worrying and mothering, “once a mother, always a mother,” she would say. When they had time to get away, Peter and Rosemarie enjoyed spending time seeing the sights and strolling around Newport, R.I.
Rosemarie dedicated her life to her family and her home, enjoying decorating and interior design. She made everything homemade from scratch and was famous for her lemon bars, poundcake, and Italian-style meatloaf. Her legacy of cream cheese cut-outs has been passed down to her grandchildren, Lily, Emma, and Griffin, and made every Christmas. Ever the perfectionist, Rosemarie wrote in the most unique and beautiful handwriting and always had a clear idea of the right thing to do for all occasions. She could often be heard singing her favorite songs from “Meet Me in St. Louis,” and she loved watching “Anne of Green Gables.” She will always be remembered for demanding very strong coffee, calling to ”check in,” staying up late eating popcorn, watching “Jeopardy,” reading her magazines and doing crossword puzzles. Whether she was called Rosemarie, Mom, Mimi, Bez, Rosemaroo, Chickie, or Ro, family meant everything to her.
She is the beloved mother of Nicole Iovanne of Meriden, Conn.; Amanda Recknagel and her husband Karl of Sturbridge, Mass.; Megan Sampietro and her husband Jordan of Albany, Calif.; and Justin Gadsby and his wife MaryKate of Hopkinton, Mass. Rosemarie is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Lily, Emma and Griffin; Devon and Ava; and Braeden and Emerson; her brother, Michael Piscitelli and his wife Rosemary of North Haven, Conn. and West Palm Beach, Fla.; and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her aunts, Mary Esposito and Ann Bachyrycz.
Friends may greet Rosemarie’s family at the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 South Main St., on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. At 10:15 a.m., her funeral procession will leave the funeral home for a funeral service to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in the First Congregational Church of Cheshire, UCC, 111 Church Dr. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Ave., North Haven. Memorial Contributions may be made to the National Council for Adoption, www.adoptioncouncil.org/give. To leave online condolences for Rosemarie’s family, please visit www.fordfh.com.