Rosemary Cicero Obituary – (1944 – 2021) – Racine, WI – Racine Journal Times –

28February 2021

Rosemary Cicero August 30, 1944– February 24, 2021 Rosemary Cicero was born into this world on August 30, 1944. She passed away in Racine, Wisconsin February 24, 2021.

Born of Raymond and Gladys Karnel, she grew up in Wauwatosa, WI where she attended Pius High School and after that college at Edgewood in Madison where she acquired a degree in Early Childhood Education. She would later get a master's degree in Education.

Throughout her life she worked as a schoolteacher to kids of all ages. She initially taught at Goodland Elementary School in Racine, WI and went on to begin the Kindergarten program at St. Mary's Grade School in Burlington, WI where she raised her family. Many years of additional work with the Racine Unified School District in various mentor roles revealed her dedication to the education of kids and the work she enjoyed.

As a member of Vittoria Colonna– she held numerous volunteer positions consisting of President from 2004-2005 and was the present Treasurer. She delighted in Bocce League with her teammates and all the other occasions connected with the Roma Lodge.

“Rosie” enjoyed her Bridge groups, Ski Club, and being surrounded by her family and friends. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, and spending quality time with kids and grandkids, which included attending their many school, sporting, and dance occasions. She was considerably loved in return, and the memories of baking Christmas cookies with Grandma will live on forever.

Made it through by her other half Donald Cicero, wed for 51 years, her four kids Anthony (Lori) Cicero, Theresa (Frank) Caruso, Joseph (Jennifer) Cicero, Angela Cicero and nine grandchildren (Phillip, Madeline, Evan, Dominic, Leah, Sofie, Emily, Carmine, and Gianni), and her sister Karen Karnel. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Jeanne (Alan) Olson.

Visitation will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., Mt Pleasant, WI – Friday March 5th from 10:30 am– 12pm with a Mass of Christian Burial at 12pm. Ladies of Vittoria Colonna are asked to meet at 11:45 am for the lodge service. Personal interment for household will follow the Mass at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Loved ones and friends are welcomed to a luncheon reception at Roma Lodge at 3 pm.


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Released by Racine Journal Times on Feb. 28, 2021.

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