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Published in The Republican on November 30, 2022
Rosemarie Romito 1960 – 2022
Known for her wonderful personality, effortless ability to care for others and tenacity to work hard, Rosemarie P. (Quinlan) Romito will be greatly missed by her family, friends and colleagues. She sadly passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 surrounded by her family after a brief and valiant battle with ALS. R
ose will be remembered for her smile, ability to juggle all that came her way, her love for physical activity and her joy for music, especially playing the piano. Beginning to play piano at age four, Rose became a concert pianist and had a deep appreciation for Chopin. She thoroughly enjoyed being active, always running, biking, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. Her energy and hard work began at a very young age, eventually leading her to Rocky’s Ace Hardware, located next door to Romito & Sons in East Longmeadow where she met her husband, John. Shortly thereafter she joined the Romito family and family business. Later in life she continued her education, receiving her Associate of Science Nursing in 2012 from Springfield Technical Community College, then her Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude in 2014 from College of Our Lady for the Elms. In 2017, she achieved her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner at Saint Joseph’s College. Rose began her nursing career at Wingate Healthcare, then Holyoke Medical Center. In 2018, she landed her dream job and became a member of her second family at Pioneer Spine and Sports Physicians in West Springfield and held her office in East Longmeadow. Her accomplishments were extraordinary, as she had a passion for her field and embraced each opportunity.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she is the daughter of George Quinlan, Jr. and the late Jeannine (Morin) Quinlan. She will be greatly missed by her husband of 32 years, John W. Romito; five children, Jackie Romito-Carey and her husband Sean Carey, Jason Carrington and his wife Isabel, Jeffrey Romito and his wife Lisa, Gina Viviano and her husband Ben Galioto, and Ralph Viviano; five siblings, and many nieces and nephews. But her greatest achievement and joy in life were the members of the O.K. Corral, her nine grandchildren: “My” Joe and his wife Hannah, Alex, Sydney, Antonucci, Olive, Luca, Mateo, Julie, and Angie.
Family and friends are invited to gather for visiting hours on Sunday, December 4, 2022 from 2:00-5:00pm at Forastiere Smith Funeral & Cremation on 220 N. Main Street in East Longmeadow. The funeral will be Monday, December 5th beginning 8:30am at the funeral home, with a procession to St. Michael’s Church in East Longmeadow for a 10:00am Liturgy of Christian Burial. Donations may be made in Rosemarie Romito’s memory to www.ccals.org. For more information and to share a condolence, please visit www.forastiere.com.