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Rosemary C. Dufficy

Rosemary C. Dufficy

Rosemary Caldwell Dufficy, RN, passed away on January 27, 2021. She was born in Mt. Vernon, NY on November 1, 1935 to Hobart and Ethel Caldwell. She grew up in Aransas Pass, TX and Clarion, Iowa. She returned to the Caldwell homestead in Eastchester, NY when she began high school. She was a graduate of St. Gabriel’s High School in New Rochelle and a cheerleader for the Blessed Sacrament High School Cardinals.
She met her husband, Tom Dufficy, while they were students at their respective schools. They were married by her uncle, Monsignor John J. Caldwell at St. Joseph Church in Millbrook, NY on January 2, 1958. They spent the first three years of their 63-year marriage in the US Navy. They were stationed in Coronado, CA and Iwakuni, Japan when his ship had a change of homeport. Tom and Rosemary moved to Larchmont in 1970.
Rosie was a graduate of St. Francis School of Nursing in Poughkeepsie, NY. She later earned her BS Degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Iona College. She worked as a floor nurse in Lawrence Hospital, Bronxville for 17 years. She ended her nursing career working in a Hypertension Clinic for Union 32BJ in downtown Manhattan.
Rosie and Tom had four children: Patricia Ogg, Michael, James, and Kathleen Kunze. She has four grandchildren: Julia and Katharine (Kate) Kunze; Elizaveta and Matvey Ogg. She was an ardent tennis player, a scrupulous golfer, an ocean swimmer, expert bridge player, a dog lover (Fluffy and Sukoshi), and an opinionated member of a local book club. Rosie was a valued member of the Town of Mamaroneck Recreation Commission for over twenty years and an active participant in the Woman’s Club of Larchmont. She loved to cook and maintain an ever-expanding garden of houseplants. A life-long Democrat, she obsessively followed U.S. politics wherever it lead.
She was beautiful inside and out, warm and friendly, but also had a great deal of “spunk” Her life was her family upon which she lavished unbridled love and affection. She will be greatly missed by family, friends, and neighbors.
Following her wishes, a party celebrating her extraordinary and well-lived life will be held as soon as the current pandemic allows.
Any donations in her memory should be made to Calvary Hospital, 1740 Eastchester Road, the Bronx, 10461.

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