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Rose E. Girardi, 91

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. Rose Elizabeth Girardi, 91, of 281 Walnut St. died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Williamstown Commons. Born in North Adams on March 26, 1922 daughter of Luigi and Elizabeth Rosati Irace Rogge, she attended local schools including the former Brayton Middle School, where she was the leading lady opposite Gordon West in an opera production in which they sang and danced. She was a thespian there and at Drury High School, from which she graduated in 1939. She also graduated from the former St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in 1943. Mrs. Girardi was employed as a registered nurse at North Adams Regional Hospital in its Maternity Ward until 1951. At that time, she became a homemaker and dedicated her life to raising her family. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters and their families. She was a communicant of the former St. Anthony of Padua Church and was an active volunteer at its annual bazaar. She also volunteered at many of her children's school activities and was a chaperone for the Drury Band. She was a member of the Sons of Ital and of the St. Luke's Alumni Association, staying in touch with her classmates for her entire life. Mrs. Girardi enjoyed word puzzles and games, and was an avid Boston Red Sox baseball fan. She and her husband, William M. "Shep" Girardi, were married on Oct. 15, 1949, in St. Anthony's Church. Besides her husband, she leaves a daughter, Kathleen Ascher of Bennington, Vt.; three sons, John L. "Jack" Girardi of Readsboro, Vt., William M. Girardi Jr. of Sunderland and Robert Girardi of Arden, N.C.; a brother, John Rogge of Newcastle, Pa.; nine grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, and nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by two brothers and six sisters: Austin Rogge, Henry Irace, Angelina Laino, Josephine Scalise, Philomena Richardello, Constance Briola, Mary Maselli and Frances Louison. FUNERAL NOTICE The funeral for Mrs. Girardi will be Monday, Feb. 24, at 8:15 a.m. from Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for FuneralsCentral Chapels, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, followed by a Funeral Mass at 9 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 5 at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested for the St. Luke's Alumni Association Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.
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I always loved that Rose called me 'Tiger'. She was a remarkable woman and we wish we could be there for all of you while you are in mourning. We love and miss you. Toni and Glenn from Fort Mohave AZ.
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