WARDSBORO- Rosemary Payne Chiocco, 82, died peacefully on July 28, at Grace Cottage Hospital surrounded by her children.
Mrs. Chiocco was born in Ealing, a suburb of London, England. Her family moved to Seven Sisters, Wales, where she spent her childhood. A traveler from the start, she moved to London as a young adult and then emigrated to the United States in 1959 on a work visa to become an au pair in New York. She soon married and had two children, Deirdre and Dwight, whom she raised in Huntington, Long Island.
Mrs. Chiocoo met the love of her life, Donald Chiocco, in 1974 and they soon married at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Long Island. She embraced Don’s daughter Karen as her own, and they became a family of five enjoying time with family and friends whether on beaches in the summer, skiing in southern Vermont or frequently returning “home” to Wales. She had a penchant for travel and would pack her bag any chance she got for cruises in Alaska and across the Panama Canal, skiing in Switzerland and Italy, and visiting family who were spread out across the United States.
They moved to Copake Lake, NY, in 1990 where they enjoyed their time on the lake and in the mountains. She became a US citizen in 1992 and enjoyed following politics. Following Mr. Chiocco’s untimely death in 1998, she treasured spending extended periods at her children’s houses in Vermont, Arizona, and Florida. She had a wonderful opportunity to watch all her grandchildren grow.
Mrs. Chiocco had so much love to give and touched the lives of all those she met. So many people felt comfortable calling her Aunt Rose, or Mamgu (Welsh for grandmother). She happily donated her time volunteering at Grace Cottage Hospital and was a member of the Wardsboro Yoked Parish.
Mrs. Chiocco is survived by her children Deirdre Freund and her husband Robert, of Arizona, Dwight Boerem and his wife Patricia Rappazzo, of Vermont, and Karen Chiocco, of Florida; and by her grandchildren Zachary, Trevor, and Meaghan Freund, Tristan Buchanan, Kendra and Devon Boerem, and Patrick (Danielle) and Liza Morgioni. She was preceeed in death by her loving husband Donald Chiocco in 1998.
There was a service at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cold Spring Harbor, NY, on Monday, August 5. There will also be a service in Wardsboro, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Grace Cottage Hospital/Hospice, 185 Grafton Road, PO Box 1, Townshend, VT 05353, where Mrs. Chiocco received such wonderful care.