Obituary for Rosemarie Patrone
Rosemarie Patrone (Zagar) passed away peacefully at her sons home surrounded by her family on October 1, 2017. She is now continually creating, designing, decorating, loving, nurturing, reading, organizing, socializing, and of course, eating all the things she loves. Rosemarie is reunited with her husband Joe, the love of her life, as well as her Mom (Marie Zagar), Dad (Frank Zagar) and Grandparents, all of whom will once again love and protect her.
Rosemarie has 5 children, Lisa, Renee, Sonia (David), Stephen (DeAnn) and Frank (Yhola) who will always carry a part of her (and everything she made them into) to share with others. Her children have given her eight grandchildren Zachary, Eli, Jack, Sasha, Abby, Cole, Chloe, and Franco. Rosemarie loved each grandchild and she enjoyed giving them anything they wanted (as soon as their parents were looking the other way). She left them with many good memories, especially her famous bingo games with lots of prizes as well as great gifts for birthdays and Christmas.
Rosemarie has 5 brothers and sisters, Walter Zagar (Donna Jean), John Zagar (Donna), Ann Hanigan (William), Frank Zagar (Rosemary) and George Zagar (Kathy), and 12 nieces and nephews. Coming from a close knit family everyone lived and worked and raised their children together. Holidays were always special with at least 40 or 50 family members together.
Rosemarie was born in the 40’s, was a child of the 50’s, a young adult in the 60’s, a young mother in the 70’s and 80’s and a loving wife from the 90’s on. After college and marriage, she was the perfect stay at home Mom running everything in the house and keeping her children safe and happy. She readily admitted later in life that her favorite time of the day was the early morning after everyone had left for school and she could finally sit down and enjoy a peaceful cup of coffee.
As her kids became more independent in the 80’s she started work as an interior designer joining together her education in the arts with her talent for design. Over time she started her own business stenciling both homes and furniture for many clients on the east side of Cleveland. When a life change forced the need for more steady income, she went back to business school to become an executive assistant. She enjoyed a long career from the late 80’s until her reluctant retirement in 2014 organizing the lives and events of leaders running various global businesses.
Rosemarie married Joseph Patrone in 1992 and enjoyed a happy marriage until he passed in 2015. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and his immediate family consisted of his three sisters Delores (deceased), Rosalind (William, both deceased) and MaryAnn (Tony deceased) and 7 nieces and nephews. Joe and Rosemarie left the Cleveland area in the late 90’s for warmer weather and lived almost 20 years in both Delray and Boynton Beach Florida. In Florida Rosemarie became an active member of the Boynton Beach Women’s Club where she donated her time and talents organizing and enjoying many events.
A few months ago when Rosemarie decided to stop treating her illness, she was finally at peace again and able to enjoy the time she had left rather than the sadness she experienced struggling to prolong it. Rosemarie did have one final request – it was for all of us to celebrate her life rather than mourn what we have lost. To this end, the celebration in Florida will take place on October 10th at 10:30am with Mass at St. Thomas More, interment at the South Florida National Cemetery and a luncheon immediately following. For her friends and family in the Cleveland area, the celebration will continue Saturday, December 2nd at 10:00am at St. Vitus church with a luncheon immediately following.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to David Simpson Hospice of the Western Reserve in Rosemarie’s name. http://www.hospicewr.org/patients-and-caregivers/giving-back/Pages/Donate-Now.aspx