Rose “Rosie” Sammarco
A lifelong Staten Islander, Rose “Rosie” Sammarco passed away on April 29th.
The seventh daughter in a family of ten born to Filippo and Concetta DiMaggio, Rosie lived the early years of her life on Mills Avenue in South Beach. After attending New Dorp High School, she was employed for many years as a seamstress for Abbott and Swift, a large firm in Manhattan’s Garment District, and in later years in Staten Island firms.
She married Andrew Sammarco in 1947 and Holy Rosary Church and they were blessed with over 60 years together, celebrating their 50th Anniversary at St Patrick’s Cathedral. They lived in South Beach and then Grasmere and were in business together on the South Beach Boardwalk until its renovation. Later, Mrs. Sammarco and her husband moved their business to the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, New Jersey opening every season for over 30 years. A photo of her unique stand was featured in an article on boardwalks of the east coast in “American Way,” the in-flight magazine of American Airlines. She was known to have a camera in hand wherever she was. Senator Bill Bradley was an annual visitor to her stand and she has many pictures with him and other famous visitors from the world of sports, politics and music. Rose was always happy to be working and especially glad when summertime visitors remembered her stand and came back to chat each year. She was quick with a laugh and a hug and happiest of all when the family gathered for holidays.
After over 50 years in Grasmere, Mrs. Sammarco moved to live with her son Richard and his family in Great Kills. She loved to travel. In addition to several cruises, Mr. and Mrs. Sammarco visited Hawaii, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, and spent several months in China when her son, Andy and his family were living there. She toured widely in China including the Great Wall, Xian, and Tiananmen Square. Rose especially enjoyed the side trips - vacationing in Thailand and shopping in Hong Kong.
She was the beloved wife of the late Andrew Sammarco. She was the devoted mother of Richard Sammarco and the late Andrew P. Sammarco, and the devoted mother-in-law of Brenda Sammarco and the late Angela Sammarco. She is survived by her grand children Karan Rose Cowan and her husband Joseph Cowan, David Sammarco, Andrew M. Sammarco, and Christine McIntyre and her husband Corey McIntyre; and two great-grandsons. She is the fond sister of the late Ann Mancino, Katie Johansen, Sophie Sammarco, Jennie Manarola, Mary DiPerna, Tina Luciano, Gloria Sommers, Severio DiMaggio and Erasmus DiMaggio. She is survived by many nieces and nephews that she holds dear.
n lieu of flowers, please send donations in Rose Sammarco’s name to Samaritan’s Purse through https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/memorial-giving/ or Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone NC 28607