2003-10-30 / Religion

Rosemary Quinn-Cefaro

Rosemary Quinn-Cefaro

The passing of Rosemary Quinn-Cefaro on October 27, 2003 was announced this week by Sean Sawyer, executive director of the Wyckoff House Farmhouse Museum.

In a letter to associates of the Wyckoff Associa-tion, Mr. Sawyer wrote:

I am very sad to report that Rosemary Quinn-Cefaro passed away at home yesterday afternoon after a prolonged illness.

Rosemary was a lifelong resident of East Flat-bush and one of the first community residents to become involved with the museum when I first became director in January 2001.

Building on her native Irish storytelling abilities, she was a dedicated volunteer docent and committed member of the museum advisory board. She constantly went beyond the call of duty to further our work.

This summer, Rosemary took it upon herself to write a beautifully-worded letter to all of her friends and acquaintances asking them to contribute to our barn-raising project. They responded with gifts large and small.

Previously, she arranged for her alumni association at the Downstate School of Nursing to make two significant donations to support our Herb Gar-den.

At events, she would corral her son, James, and his friends to volunteer and she composed poems for our St. Nicholas, Mother’s Day, and Pinkster events. She gave so much all the time.

On a personal level, I will miss her good humor, her passion for history, and her love.

Rosemary Quinn-Cefaro’s wake will be held at the Torregrossa Funeral Home, 2265 Flatbush Avenue from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today, Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31. Her burial will take place on Saturday, November 1.

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