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December 10, 2013

Rosalie V. Simmons

The Daily Star

---- — Rosalie V. Simmons

ONEONTA — Rosalie V. Simmons, 79, of Oneonta passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, with her daughter and best friend at her side.

Rosalie was born on Feb. 25, 1934, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Concetta (Surano) Vagliardo. She married Ronald A. Simmons on Aug. 28, 1955. He predeceased her on Oct. 3, 2007.

She worked for 27 years as a county program technician for the Farmers Home Administration in Oneonta. Rosalie was instrumental in helping many people buy their first homes. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, SUCO Golden Alumni and the Oneonta Business Women’s Club.

Rosalie was a wonderful cook. You were always welcomed at her table with something homemade and delicious. We know she is now at peace and able to once again make her meatballs.

Rosalie is survived by her children, Kathy Davies and son-in-law, Ed Davies of Oneonta, and Ron Simmons and his wife, Wendy, of Belchertown, Mass. She is also survived by her four grandchildren, Zachary Davies and his wife, Debbie, Alex Davies, Meghan and Ashley Simmons; great-granddaughter, Caroline Davies; brother, Carmen Vagliardo Sr. of Winter Haven, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, Clifford W. Simmons and his wife, Jean, and Steven Simmons and his wife, Grace; sister-in-law, Joan Schroll; best friend, Marianna Leib, special friend, Ellen Bronstetter; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Charles, Louis, Paul, Joseph and James Vagliardo.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta. A funeral mass will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Scott VanDerveer, associate pastor, officiating. Inurnment will follow in the columbarium in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

Rosalie’s family wishes to thank her “family” at Chestnut Park Nursing Home for the wonderful care given to her during her stay.

Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Dr., Oneonta, NY 13820.

Condolences to the family may be made online at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.