Mrs. Roseanne (Cicigline) King, age 64 of Cooperstown, NY passed away after a brave battle with cancer on Sunday January 25, 2015, at home with her beloved family by her side.
She was born in Utica on February 18, 1950, the daughter of the late Lucien and Anna Frances (DeBernardis) Cicigline. Roseanne grew up in Utica, graduating from TR Proctor High School in 1968. She was the life of Utica, visiting aunts, uncles and cousins and going out with friends. On July 31, 1971, she met Brian F. King on a blind double date. He was smitten; she was not. Brian returned to his station in the Navy and wooed Roseanne with his letters. They were married on May 12, 1973.
Roseanne then spent the next 20 years as a Navy Wife, devoted to her husband and children. While Brian was away on 6-month tours of duty, it was Roseanne who kept the house, managed the family, raised the children, and kept things running smoothly. It was during this time that she took up cake decorating, a hobby that would turn into a career for her. Throughout Brian's career, the family lived in Brunswick, ME; Niagara Falls, NY; Jacksonville, FL; Virginia Beach, VA; and Groton, CT, and every place they were stationed, Roseanne made many lifelong Navy friends.
In 1992, Brian retired from the Navy and the family returned to New York, settling in Frankfort. Roseanne was delighted to be back home among family and old friends. She worked for a period of time at Hemstrought's Bakery, before leaving that position to work with her cousin at Rosato's Bakery. She gave up bakery work when her first grandchild arrived, instead opting to be a full-time Grandma caregiver. She never gave up cakes, though.
thrived; there is not a single friend or relative who hasn't celebrated a birthday, christening, or wedding without one of Ro's Cakes. She enjoyed retirement, attending her weekly Seniors group, traveling, visiting, and being with her family, especially her grandchildren who were such a delight to her.
Throughout her entire life, Ro has lived for friends and family. In her carefree youth, she befriended a close-knit group of girlfriends and those friends are still with her today. Throughout Brian's Navy career, Ro formed fast, strong bonds with other Navy families with whom she remained close. She has always put her husband's and family's needs above her own. Her kindness and generosity are an example to all of us of how to be a good person. Her children and grandchildren are a living example of Ro's values and will carry on her legacy.
Roseanne leaves behind a large, loving family. Her beloved husband of 41 years, Brian; three daughters and sons-in-law: Anna Frances and Charles Amendolare, Jr., Suzanne and Robert Shafer Sr. and Barbara and Jacob Ciaralli; one son Jeffrey King and four grandchildren: RJ and Nicholas Shafer, and Liam and Asher Ciaralli. She is the first of her siblings to pass. Surviving her are her sisters and brothers-in-law, Joan and Tom Legg, Sr., Linda and Al Pulaski and Patricia and Bob Abraham; her brothers, Vincent Cicigline and Lucien Jr. and wife Linda Cicigline; brother-in-law David King and sister-in-law, Erin King, in addition to many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, godchildren, and cousins.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday January 28, from 4-7 pm at The Scala & Roefaro Funeral Home, Inc. 1122 Culver Ave., Utica.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday January 29 at St. Anthony/St. Agnes Church, 422 Tilden Ave, Utica, NY.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to either St. Anthony/St. Agnes Church or to Hospice & Palliative Care4277 Middle Settlement Rd. New Hartford, NY13413 in her name. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.
Thursday, January 29 2015