2008-07-18 / Obits

Rosemary Helen Diffendale

Retired Nurse

Rosemary Diffendale, a 20-year Rockaway resident, died July 12. She was 81.

Diffendale was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 26, 1926. She was a retired nurse, a Eucharistic Minister, a member of both the St. Genevieve's Altar Rosary Society and the Moonshiners Club.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Needham; father, John P. Needham; and husband, John W. Diffendale.

Diffendale is survived by her brother, Joseph John Needham; children, Rosemary (Jerry) Betke, Eileen (Larry) Baumann, Jack (Maryann), and Patrick (Katie); grandchildren, Michael, John (Dana), Erin, Theresa, Kristen, Joseph, Kathleen, Lauren and Brian; and great-grandchildren, Katie, Ashley and Emily.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church. Interment was at Pinelawn Memorial Cemetery in Pinelawn, New York.

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