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In Memory of

RoseAnn Helen Gariff

February 6, 1929 - September 11, 2017

Obituary


RoseAnn Gariff, 88, of Chandler, Arizona passed away on September 11, 2017 at her daughter's home. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Jerome "Jerry" Gariff on April 9th, 2013.

She leaves behind her three beloved children; sons Gary (JoAnn) Gariff of Lake Carroll, Ill., David Gariff of Washington DC and daughter Geri (JD) Gariff Bryant of Chandler, AZ. Two sisters in Rochester, NY. Five grandchildren; Kim (Derek) Christiansen of Hampshire, Ill., Dr. Thomas (Kayleigh) Vernon of Chandler, AZ, Andrew (Erica) Vernon of Gilbert, AZ, Jordan Bryant of Chandler, AZ...

RoseAnn Gariff, 88, of Chandler, Arizona passed away on September 11, 2017 at her daughter's home. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Jerome "Jerry" Gariff on April 9th, 2013.

She leaves behind her three beloved children; sons Gary (JoAnn) Gariff of Lake Carroll, Ill., David Gariff of Washington DC and daughter Geri (JD) Gariff Bryant of Chandler, AZ. Two sisters in Rochester, NY. Five grandchildren; Kim (Derek) Christiansen of Hampshire, Ill., Dr. Thomas (Kayleigh) Vernon of Chandler, AZ, Andrew (Erica) Vernon of Gilbert, AZ, Jordan Bryant of Chandler, AZ and Alina Ziemian of Washington, D.C., Four great-grandchildren; Boden and Ava Christiansen, and Audrey and Ellie Vernon.

RoseAnn was born in Rochester, NY, on February 06, 1929 to Frank and Rose (Pavia) Mangone. She was the youngest of 2 brothers and 8 sisters. She was educated in the public school system and graduated from East High School in Rochester.
She married Jerome "Jerry" Gariff on November 27th, 1948 in Rochester, NY. She had her first son (Gary) in January of 1951, Second son (David) in 1954 and her daughter (Geri) in February of 1961. She was a devoted mother and wife. She spent hours volunteering as home room mom for her children's classes and being there for her children when they came home from school.
She moved from Rochester to Arizona in summer of 1971 with her husband and children. She lived in Phoenix for 10 years and then moved with her husband to make Sun Lakes their home. There she enjoyed being in the "Clown Club" and loved welcoming friends and neighbors into her home for dinner parties. She enjoyed shopping, going to movies, restaurants and traveling with her husband. Her most memorable trip with him was a trip to Italy at Christmas time.

RoseAnn was proud of her Italian heritage and learned to speak Italian from her parents at a very young age. She enjoyed watching and helping her father make homemade wine in the basement of their home in Rochester along with cooking and baking with her mother and sisters. This led to her being a wonderful cook of many different types of Italian dishes.
She passed her love of cooking and baking down to all 3 children along with her love of celebrating the holidays with many festive decorations and traditions. She would not only invite friends and family over to celebrate but also those who would have otherwise been alone. Her home was always open with coffee and biscottis there waiting.

She had a heart and love for children and worked as a child care provider in a daycare center in her younger years. She enjoyed helping and taking care of elderly family members and friends in her later years.
She had many dogs through the years, and was happy to take them for long walks.

Her favorite thing to do was to spend time with her adult children. She would travel out of state to be with her sons and her granddaughter. RoseAnn was blessed to have her three grandsons in state with her and spent many hours watching them, going to band concerts and basketball games. She was able to see all four of her grandchildren graduate from high school. Three of them graduated from college, two received their Master Degrees and one graduated from medical school. She also watched as three of them married and then had children of their own.

The last 7 weeks of her life was spent living with her daughter and son-in-law. During those weeks she had all her family and many, dear friends surrounding her with love and prayers. She passed peacefully and is now in our Father's care surrounded by those family and friends that have passed before her. She is now at peace and free of any pain that this world has brought her.

RoseAnn's spirit, love, family values and traditions will live on through her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will never be forgotten.