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July 21, 2010 - 9:26am


posted by Michael Tomaszewski.

Novato, CA. Age 87, passed on to her Heavenly Father on Sunday July 18, 2010 at her home after a lengthy illness. 

A native Batavian she was the aunt and godmother to former Batavian, Barbara A. Nigro.

She was born on October 23, 1922 in Batavia to Joseph & Nicole Maria (Soccia) Zinni.

Dear sister of Matilda DiSantis, Mary Coppini, the late Nicholas, Rocco, Valentine Zinni and Lucy Nigro; sister-in-law of Nancy Zinni, Sam Nigro, Joan Zinni, the late Ernest & Angelo.

Rosie was an avid bingo player in the Genesee County area. Her early years were spent working at the late great "Red Top" hot dog stand in Batavia and she went on to 25 years of uninterrupted service at the Veterans Hospital as a dietary assistant, never once taking a sick day in her entire time of service to them. After retirement from the VA she retired to Cape Coral, FL and then headed West to California to be by her great niece Samantha Ustin Zane and her great-great grandnieces, Sierra, Lucia and Stella Rose (her namesake). They gave her great joy, much love and laughter during her last years. She also has a great-great niece namesake Nicolette Rose Ustin of Hamlin, NY daughter of her great nephew the late Christopher M. Ustin who she adored dearly. Her niece and godchild Maria Coppini Lauffer of Caledonia, NY was also exceptionally dear to Rose. She was always ready for a good laugh, card game or a night of Bingo, an avid reader, puzzle books kept her mind sharp to the last days of her life. MSN & CNN kept her keenly interested in US and World politics.

She is survived by her sisters Matilda DeSantis, Mary Coppini, several nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews who all lovingly called her "Ro Ro".

Private services will be at a time set by the family. Arrangements were completed by the Daniel's Chapel of the Roses in Santa Rosa, CA. Memorials in her honor may be made to Crossroads House 11 Liberty Street Batavia, NY 14020 with the hope they can help her friends and family in future years.

"DANCE RO RO, DANCE" I'll Love You Forever, Barbara...

Local Arrangements completed by the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020. 


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