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Rosemarie Mirisola, known to most as “Roe, passed away on April 15th, 2023, after a long illness, at age 83, in Cromwell, Connecticut. Roe was born in Solingen, Germany. She emigrated to Connecticut in the early 1960s. She was the beloved daughter of Ernst and Käthe Bremer and sister to Klaus (Hildegard) and Rudolf (Annerose) Bremer.
Roe started her career as bookkeeper at Henkel Knives in Germany. She found similar positions in the US, including several law firms. The second half of her career was spent working for the Lesser & Sobel, PC, law firm, later known as Lesser and Lieberthal, PC (the Firm). The Firm’s staff quickly became Roe’s “Family”. Her coworkers with young children were particularly lucky; not having grandchildren of her own, Roe “adopted” our children as her “grandchildren” and spoiled them with ice cream and weekends at Walnut Beach in Milford.
Roe modeled humility and practiced kindness to all creatures, including humans! She loved and cared for her cats - including six stray cat friends! Roe was an avid reader, especially of medical literature and could diagnose any of us before any medical test! She LOVED the beach, going to the ballet and the symphony in NYC. She was also a bird lover and respected and loved nature and the environment. So, it’s fitting that she is being laid to rest on Earth Day!
Roe was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother, wife and friend. She cherished her son Peter. In addition to her son Peter, Roe was predeceased by her first husband and Peter’s father, Donald Scianna; her beloved second husband, Salvatore “Sam” Mirisola; her parents, her brothers and her beloved cat, Schnitzel. We find solace in knowing that she is peacefully reunited with Peter and all her loved ones. Surviving Roe is her nephew Gerhard Bremer of Germany; and a nephew and in-laws in Europe.
I (Angie Cordery) am honored to have known Roe since her time at the Firm. While she lost much through her battle with dementia, I am sure Roe would have liked to personally thank each and every single person who helped her along the way: the many friends and “family” who helped without hesitation when needed; and, the wonderful staff at her Worthington Manor residence in Berlin, CT, particularly, Rosetta and Ella.
Roe had an extraordinary village with her until the end. I thank my friends, my (Sanzo) family and my children for their moral support, patience and understanding along the journey in supporting Roe. In particular, I am grateful for the help provided to her by my sister Theresa, my husband Robert and my son Robert Altavilla. We were her village, getting groceries (picking up cat food for her beloved “fur babies”!), keeping her safe, comforting her and spending time with Roe.
Friends may call on Saturday, April 22nd, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. in THE GREGORY F. DOYLE FUNERAL HOME, 291 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, CT. Rev. L. Kenneth Fellenbaum, Pastor of Wildermere Beach Congregational Church will conduct a prayer service at 10:00 a.m. at the Home. Interment will follow immediately at King’s Highway Cemetery, 271 Cherry Street, Milford, CT.
In remembrance of Roe and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an organization supporting feral cats in Connecticut at -The Greater New Haven Cat Project (https://www.gnhcp.org/donations), or the Alzheimer’s organization (e.g. supporting research on dementia).