Rose Marie Garofolo Fierick, age 74, of Bluffton, SC and formerly of Newfield, NJ died Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at home.
Rose was born on October 14, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of the late Eva and Dominic Garofolo. At a young age, Rose and her family moved to a small farm in Franklin Township, NJ where Rose attended the local schools and graduated from Clayton High School.
Rose and John married in 1962 and moved to Newfield, NJ where Rose became active in girls softball, the Newfield Jayceettes and Newfield Women of Today. She was an active parishioner at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, where she served as a regular greeter.
In 2007, Rose and John retired to Sun City in Bluffton, SC where Rose became a very involved member of the production staff of Sun City Community Theatre, where she oversaw and assisted with microphone assignment and maintenance, as well an occasional on stage appearance in supporting roles. Rose also enjoyed playing cards, mahjong, luncheons, and regular stops at Starbucks!
The last 15 years of her life, Rose spent traveling the country visiting the loves of her life…her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Rose was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Pike and her sister-in-law, Kathryn Garofolo. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, John Fierick; daughters, Rosemarie Mayo (David) and Joanne Hughes (Mike); son, John Fierick, Jr. (Sheri); brothers, Carmine Garofolo (Joan), Dominic Garofolo (Mary), Joseph Garofolo (Joyce), and Paul Garofolo (Dolores); sister, Antoinette (Toni) Brown (Ralph); grandchildren, Jennifer, Melissa, Erik, Wayne, Amanda, Danielle, Zachary, Matthew, Hannah, John Fierick III, and Lily; and great-grandchildren, Darrien, Maya, Penelope, Troy, Mallory, and Delaney.
A funeral service will take place at 10:30 am, Friday, August 4, 2017 at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Rd, Bluffton, SC.
A memorial mass with be held at 12 noon, Saturday, August 12, 2017 at St. Rose Catholic Church, Catawba Avenue in Newfield, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Sun City Community Theatre or St. Gregory Catholic Church in Bluffton, SC.
Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton
Friday August 4th, 2017
10:30am - 11:30am
90 Simmonsville Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church
Saturday August 12th, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm
104 Catawba Ave
Newfield, NJ 08344
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John and I send our deepest sympathy to John and all of their children grandchildren and family. She was so kind and loving and we spent many days together in Newfield when we both lived there. she loved her family unconditionally and there wasn't anything she wouldn't do for a friend May she Rest In Peace in the arms of the angels. John and Dolores Durie
Submitted by Dolores John Durie on Jul 29 2017 10:19:55 AM
I will miss part of our golf foursome. We had some great times on golf course but we all enjoyed our lunches afterwards. Thanks for being my friend. Love and peace.
Submitted by Judy cain on Jul 29 2017 08:26:37 AM
Fierick Family, please accept my deepest condolence in the passing of your loved one. As a former teacher at St. Rose in Newfield, Rosemarie was a wonderful parent who gave her time, attention and dedication to her children, teachers and many school activities. May she find eternal peace in the arms of our Loving Lord.
Submitted by Linda DiPasquale-Morello on Jul 28 2017 10:20:09 PM
Always loved to hear her laugh.
Submitted by Kim boyer on Jul 28 2017 09:03:25 PM
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