Rosemary's Story

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SPRINGFIELD Our beloved mom, Rosemary Bernadette Moore (nee Costigan) lost her battle with cancer this past Sunday while in hospice at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
We take great comfort in knowing that she is reunited with her beloved husband of 59 years -Tom - who preceded her in death this past March. Their love and friendship for one another was so strong and true. We believe dad interceded with our heavenly Father to bring her home and stop her pain.
Rosemary was born to Helen and George Costigan in Richmond Hill, Queens. She was one of six siblings and the last of the Costigan children to pass.
Rosemary was a basketball player at Dominican Commercial High School, an all girls school in Jamaica, where she acquired her professional skills and upon graduation, became an executive secretary in the insurance industry in New York City.
She married Tom Moore in April of 1958. They moved to Merrick, Long Island with her mother and dearest friend, Helen, who lived with Rosemary and Tom until her passing in 1994. Upon Tom's retirement in the 90s, they permanently moved to the Cooperstown area where they had earlier purchased property and spent vacations since the 1960s.
Rosemary was a talented seamstress, quilter and gardener. Like Tom, she was a great lover of all animals and a rescuer of many cats and dogs. She loved her friends and neighbors, and was active in the senior exercise program in Springfield with her husband, as well as arranging outings for her friends.
Rosemary was a cherished aunt to her many nieces and nephews, as well as their children, many of whom were weekend visitors to their home.
Rosemary is survived by her devoted daughters, Kathleen Moore Hennnessy (James) of East Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania and Jeanne Moore of Schenectady; as well as her beloved grandchildren, Max Kent, Aileen and Ellie Donovan and Meghan, Conor, Liam and Kyle Hennessy.
A Mass in celebration of Rosemary's life will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Cherry Valley at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, followed by interment in Springfield Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Rosemary's memory to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter or the Louis Busch Hager Cancer Center Fund at Bassett Medical Center.
To send online condolences visit www.ottmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.
Published on October 25, 2017
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