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In Memory of

RoseAnn Helen Gariff

February 6, 1929 - September 11, 2017

Obituary


Rose Ann Gariff of Chandler, Arizona passed away on September 11, 2017, at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-four years Jerome "Jerry" Gariff on April 9, 2013.

Rose Ann leaves behind three beloved children: sons Gary (JoAnn) Gariff of Lake Carroll, Il; David Gariff, Ph.D. of Washington, DC; and daughter Geri (JD) Gariff Bryant of Chandler. In addition she is survived by two sisters in Rochester, NY; five grandchildren: Kim (Derek) Christiansen of Hampshire, Il; Thomas (Kayleigh) Vernon, M.D. of Chandler; Andrew (Erica) Vernon of...

Rose Ann Gariff of Chandler, Arizona passed away on September 11, 2017, at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-four years Jerome "Jerry" Gariff on April 9, 2013.

Rose Ann leaves behind three beloved children: sons Gary (JoAnn) Gariff of Lake Carroll, Il; David Gariff, Ph.D. of Washington, DC; and daughter Geri (JD) Gariff Bryant of Chandler. In addition she is survived by two sisters in Rochester, NY; five grandchildren: Kim (Derek) Christiansen of Hampshire, Il; Thomas (Kayleigh) Vernon, M.D. of Chandler; Andrew (Erica) Vernon of Gilbert, AZ; Jordan Bryant of Chandler; and Alina Ziemian of Washington, DC; and four great-grandchildren: Boden and Ava Christiansen, and Audrey and Ellie Vernon.

Rose Ann was born in Rochester, NY, on February 6, 1929, to Frank and Rose (Pavia) Mangone. She was the youngest of two brothers and eight sisters. She was educated in the city's public school system and graduated from East High School. She married Jerome "Jerry" Gariff on November 27, 1948 in Rochester. She had her first son (Gary) in January 1951, second son (David) in June 1954, and daughter (Geri) in February 1961.

Rose Ann was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. As a young mother she spent hours volunteering as home room mom for her children's classes and was always home to welcome them back from school each day.

She moved from Rochester to Phoenix, AZ, in the summer of 1971 with her husband and children. She lived in Phoenix for ten years, eventually moving with her husband to Sun Lakes, AZ. There she enjoyed participating in the "Clown Club" and welcoming friends and
neighbors into her home for informal dinners. She enjoyed shopping, going to movies, restaurants, and traveling with her husband. Their most memorable trip was a Christmas tour of Italy.

Rose Ann was proud of her southern-Italian roots and learned to speak Italian from her immigrant parents at a very young age. She enjoyed watching and helping her father make wine in the basement of their home in Rochester, along with cooking and baking with her mother, sisters, and children. She was a wonderful cook specializing in many traditional Italian dishes.

This love of food and cooking was a gift passed down to her three children along with the celebration of holidays complete with festive decorations and traditions. Rose Ann would not only invite family and friends over to celebrate but also those who would have otherwise remained alone. Her home was always open with coffee and biscotti waiting for even the most casual visitor.

Rose Ann had a heart and love for children and worked as a childcare provider in a daycare center in her younger years. In her later years she enjoyed helping and taking care of elderly family members and friends. She owned several beloved dogs through the years and was most happy taking them for long walks.

Among her favorite activities was spending time with her adult children. She traveled to various locations to be with her sons and her granddaughter. Rose Ann was blessed to have her three grandsons nearby in Arizona and spent many hours supporting them at band concerts and basketball games. She saw all four of her grandchildren graduate from high school, three graduate from college, two receive their Master's Degrees, and one graduate from medical school. She watched as three of them married and now have children of their own.

The last seven weeks of Rose Ann's life were spent living in the care of her daughter and son-in-law at their home. During those weeks all her family and many dear friends surrounded her with love and prayers. She passed peacefully and is now in our Father's care surrounded by family members and friends who have passed before her. She is at peace, free of any pain the world had brought her.

Rose Ann Gariff's spirit, love, family values, and traditions live on through her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be missed but never forgotten.