Rosemarie D. Roy known by her family and friends as “Ro Lipari” entered into eternal rest, with Jesus, on Thursday April 1, 2021. Her deep Christian faith gave her strength as she combated chronic heart failure and other ailments for the better part of her life.
Ro was born on April 7, 1948 in Easton, PA, the daughter of Paul and Grace Lipari. She was one of six children; her sisters Santa and Barbara, and her brothers Russell, Johnny and Paul. She graduated from St. Anthony’s Parochial School where she earned highest honors and was awarded the American Legion Award for citizenship. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Easton, PA. a member of the class of 1966. She treasured her high school friendships and loved reconnecting at numerous reunions over the years. These events were frequently recounted to her children, friends and family as some of her most cherished memories.
She attended Kutztown University where she earned her B.S. in Secondary Education with a concentration in French. Her studies also took her to Laval University in Syslog, Quebec, which was a wonderful experience that built the foundation of numerous stories Ro enjoyed telling. After moving to New Milford, CT, she was married to William Roy, and expanded her family with her two children, Philip & Emily. While living in New Milford, she developed numerous friendships and was involved in many activities and organizations. A few examples were the Welcome Wagon, FISH (Friends in Service of Hero’s), and the New Milford Jaycee Women’s Club, in which she held various roles through the years. While actively volunteering Ro was employed as a teacher of French and Spanish, working in several school systems in Western Connecticut. She taught students of varying ages from as young as sixth grade to college, and took great joy in her interactions with her students. She furthered her education, earning her Master’s Degree in Educational Curriculum from Western Connecticut State University. Life brought her to Middletown, CT and then on to Heritage Village in Southbury, CT so she could be closer to her family, enabling them to walk to see her. She continued to embrace her passion for education, spending time with her grandchildren, Brady and Nina, helping them learn the fundamentals of speaking French. She loved spending as much time as possible with them. She would cook with them, read with them and just spend time together, watching them grow. Being the best “Nana” she could be was her primary focus.
She was predeceased by her beloved parents and her younger brother Johnny. Ro leaves behind her daughter Emily Fritz and her husband Glenn, their children Brady and Nina of Southbury, CT, her son Philip and his wife Kim, their children Tyler, Lindsay and Justin of Lafayette, CO. She is survived by her siblings Russ Lipari and his wife Ann of Easton, PA, Paul Lipari and his wife Marianne of Nashua, NH. Santa Wright and her husband Donald of Easton, PA, and Barbara Harris and her husband Mark of Clayton, CA. She is survived by 13 nieces and nephews and their children, and numerous cousins including Marion Matase and her family. She also had great relationships with many of Emily’s friends, and all of those left behind will miss her immensely. These relationships enriched Ro’s life and were a source of joy through the years. A tout a l'heure Rosie!
Calling hours for Rosemarie will be held on Wednesday April 7, 2021 from 4-6 pm at Munson Lovetere Funeral Home, 235 Main St. N., Southbury. A funeral service will begin at 10 am on Thursday April 8, 2021 at the funeral home with burial following at Pine Hill Cemetery in Southbury. To leave an online condolence for the family please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com
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