Rosemarie Realmuto was born in Freeport, NY and raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Growing up, she was a self-proclaimed “Tomboy”. She loved playing sports and was an accomplished honor student and athlete. She adored her loving parents John and Maria Gerbino, her younger brother Joseph, and was extremely close to her aunts, uncles, and cousins who lived in the neighborhood. She met her husband Salvatore when she was only 16 years old. These high school sweethearts ended up being together for 50 years and married for 44 years. Rosemarie was known for her exuberant presence, her infectious laughter, her generous heart, and for her kindness towards others. She lit up every room she walked into and everyone gravitated to her.
Rosemarie was also an outspoken woman who stood up for herself and others and was extremely loving and protective of her family. She was a leader at heart and once she put her mind to something, nothing could stop her. She was relentless in her pursuit of love, happiness, and joy. Rosemarie was always willing to lend an ear and help her family and friends whenever they needed her. She was a generous soul and magnificent human being.
Not only was she a devoted wife, but the best mother to her two children Nicholas and Tina Marie. Her children were her best friends and she loved spending all her time with them. She showered them with unconditional love and affection. Rosemarie was also a beloved grandmother to her two grandchildren Cora and Anders. She loved them with every ounce of her heart.
Rosemarie had many different careers in her lifetime. She worked at KARP Associates for years, was a Crew Chief at McDonalds, created her own cleaning business, and lastly she worked as a Teaching Assistant with special needs students at William Floyd High School in Long Island. She was loved by her peers and students alike and she touched so many lives.
Rosemarie battled a highly aggressive form of lung cancer for 15 months until her death on May 21, 2023. She was 65 years old. The positivity, strength, grace, and dignity that she displayed during her illness was inspirational. Her faith in God helped her cope with the disease and she never feared death. She knew the Lord had a plan for her and she accepted it willingly. Her faith never wavered and as her life’s journey came to an end, she was happy to go to God’s open and loving arms.
Rosemarie loved all of her family and friends with a vigor and passion so profound that we will continue to feel her love, presence, and spirit even though she is gone. She was one in a million, a truly radiant and beautiful soul, and her love and legacy will last forever.
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