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Rosemary A. Gonillo

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“Vince, Karen and Family,I am truly sorry for your loss. I wish I could have met you Mom, Vince - the write-up portrays a wonderful person. I'm sure...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Brenda Nellenback - Tully, NY

“Mr. Gonillo. I never met your Mom. I do remember your parents welcoming a very wet muddy entire cross country team into their home when they had to...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Nancy Rafsky - South Burlington, VT

“Joe, Tina, & family: we are thinking of you... ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Kathy & David Converse - Newport, VT

“Vince, Karen, Jenna and Stacey, Rosemary was one of the loveliest, most gracious women I have ever met. I remember meeting her for the first...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Dietrich - Essex Junction, VT

“Love to see all the wonderful pictures here. Our condolences for your family's loss. ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Chris & Carol Polakowski - VT

“Vince, Joe, and families,It was with great sadness that I read of your loss. As I only knew your mom through my work at church, I learned very...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Gary Moreau - Essex Junction, VT

“Joe, Tina, Josh , Vince, Karen, Jenna , Stacey and families, my Family is so sorry for your loss and want you all to know that we are thinking of you...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: John Burroughs - Essex, VT

“Rest in peace our beautiful sister, aunt and sister in law. Brothers Vince and Jim, Carolyn and Anne & Mark Virtue, Matthew & Joyce Martinelli and...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Jim Martinelli - Madison, CT

“Dear Joe, Vince and FamilyPlease accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your lossour thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Mike & Emese Madigan - Essex, VT

“What a beautifully written tribute to a life well-lived. As I read, I could understand the source of Joe and Vince's warmth and strength of character...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Rick Prince - North Port, FL

“Christina, Joe, Vince and family - I am so sorry for your family's loss. I hope you find comfort in your beautiful memories. Much love to you all. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Dianna Mitchelk - Colchester, VT

Rosemary and Karen
12 of 20 | Posted by: Stacey

Jenna and Rosemary
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Jenna and Rosemary
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Rosemary and Vince
15 of 20 | Posted by: Stacey

“Your loving legacy lives on through your adoring children and grandchildren. Rest in peace and In Gods arms. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Scott and Diane Slocum - Essex, VT

“Grandma I will miss you so much. Thanks for the love, care and wisdom you have given me over the years. I know your in a better place and one day I...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Joshua Gonillo - Stamford, CT

Christina Gonillo and Rosemary Gonillo
18 of 20 | Posted by: Joshua Gonillo

Great Granddaughter Gianna
19 of 20 | Posted by: Joshua Gonillo

“Vince and Karen and family. So sorry to hear the news. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Kelly ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Kelly Channell - Essex Junction, VT


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Rosemary A. Martinelli Gonillo, 80, a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother past away comfortably Monday, April 3, 2017. She was born February 5, 1937 in Waterbury, Ct the youngest of Vincent and Anne (Maturo) Martinelli's three children. She grew up on Violet Street, took care of her family household after her mother passed when she was just a child, enjoyed working as a lifeguard growing up, and was president of the Phil Rizzuto Fan Club. She graduated from Wilby High School then met and married the love of her life, Don Gonillo a long-time teacher, administrator, and coach in Waterbury. She was involved in church activities in town and was an outstanding wife and mother. Though she took a job at Waterville Lumber in the early 70's, she was home to make lunch while her two boys were still in grammar school. As they grew up, she was an avid car-pooler driving her sons and their teammates from practice at Holy Cross High School back to the Bunker Hill area. She and Don lovingly accepted a half-cocker, half-springer spaniel into their home, and Duchess became a part of the family from the summer of 1970-1987. The dog loved sleeping at the bottom of the boys' beds. Constant trips to St. Michael's College from 1976-1981 with delicious homemade care- packages were highlights for the family and especially for her sons. Rosemary's calling was her helpful and supportive nature but also her cooking. Starting at a very young age, she improved her craft taking notes from her mother-in-law whom she loved very much. Mom's homemade pasta sauce would rival Boves as she made her own meatballs and sausage in every pot as well. When Don retired from education in Waterbury in April of 2000, the couple relocated to Essex Jct. Both sons lived in town and were overjoyed with the move. Monday night became spaghetti night for Joe while Vince helped with chores around the house when allowed. The move reunited them with their loving grandchildren as both side benefited. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years in 2013 and leaves sons, Joseph Gonillo and wife, Christina, of Essex Junction, and Vincent Gonillo and wife, Karen, of Essex Junction; grandchildren, Jenna Gonillo and fiancée Nick Davis, Stacey Gonillo, Josh Gonillo and wife, Karen; great granddaughter, Gianna; brothers, Vince Martinelli of Fort Lauderdale, FL and James Martinelli, and wife Carolyn of Madison, CT. Sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at VNA Respite House, Burlington Rehabilitation Center, TLC, Green Mountain Nursing Home, and UVM Medical Center, and Rosemary's wonderful neighbors. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday evening, April 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ready Funeral Home Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Drive, Essex Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Essex Junction on Friday, April 7 at 11 a.m. For Connecticut family and friends, Maiorano Funeral Home will have a viewing on Saturday April 8 from 9-10:30. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery at 11:30am. Memorial contributions in Rosemary's memory may be made to VNA Respite House at 3113 Roosevelt Hwy., Colchester, VT 05446 (vnacares.org).

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