Of Revere passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 6, 2023. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was 91. Rosario leaves his devoted wife, Mirella, of 53 years, and two children, Maria DeCicco and her husband, Carmine DeCicco, of Burlington, and Josephine Jolly and her husband, Mark Jolly of Tewksbury. Rosario’s two grandchildren, Dominic Alan Jolly and Nathan Rosario Jolly, were the light of his life. Rosario is predeceased by his brothers, Mario, Salvatore, and Giuseppe. He is also lovingly survived by several nephews and nieces.
Rosario, the youngest of four brothers, was born on August 26, 1931, to Giovanni Cirmia and Maria Antonia Battaglia in Alimena, Sicily. He served in the Italian army, eventually following his brothers to Germany and then to The United States, where he met the love of his life, Mirella. After starting a family and settling in Revere, Rosario worked as a Maintenance Supervisor for The Revere Housing Authority, where he worked for 25 years. Retirement allowed him to focus on his passions: gardening, flea markets, making homemade wine, sausages, and cheese, playing Italian card games, and hitting the slot machines at Mohegan Sun. He was a strong-willed man who could fix or build anything. His thumbs were green, and his hands were skilled, helping anyone who called upon him. Rosario, his talents, and passions will be deeply missed.
Family & friends were invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, May 11th in the Vertuccio, Smith, and Vazza Beechwood Home for Funerals, Revere. A funeral mass followed in St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption Parish, Revere. Entombment in Holy Cross Community Mausoleum, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.