Billie Kay Cirrincione
May 26, 1941 – March 28, 2021
Billie Kay Cirrincione, cherished wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away in Annapolis, Maryland on March 28, 2021. She was 79. She was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the daughter of Bill and Frieda Hall of Glen Falls, New York. She graduated from Queensbury High School in Glen Falls, was a recipient of a New York State Scholarship, and attended Oswego State College, graduating in 1963. She also attended The Ohio State University and received her Master’s degree in 1969. She had a long and successful career as a Real Estate Agent for Long & Foster of Silver Spring and Bethesda. She was actively involved in community and school programs, the League of Women Voters, and was devoted to advancing the cause of women’s rights as an advocate in Montgomery County. Upon retiring, she moved to Annapolis, Maryland in 2005. She became an active rug hooker and member of the Anne Arundel Rug Hookers Pearl McGowan Chapter. She attended Regional and National Meetings, and she also organized and ran the Anne Arundel Annual Rug Hooking Spring Workshop.
She married Joseph Cirrincione of Brooklyn, New York in June, 1963, and they had three loving sons, Joseph, Victor, and William, who were the light of her life. She was an active soccer Mom who watched all three boys play soccer at the collegiate level. She has seven grandchildren—Caroline and Joseph (parents Joseph and Jane); Calvin, Anthony and Michael (parents Victor and Amy); and Maya, Leah and Carson (parents William and Karen).
Each summer, Billie brought all of her grandchildren and their parents together for two magical weeks in Bethany Beach, Delaware, where she oversaw many sporting activities and outings, affectionately referred to by all as the “Cirrincione Olympics.” She loved parades of all kinds, and the highlight of each year at the beach was the Bethany 4th of July parade, where she provided everyone with their annual matching memorial t-shirts—a lasting and treasured memory for all.
She was always there when needed and provided strong support and uncompromising love for her family. She was a driving force that encouraged those she loved to strive for and achieve their goals. She leaves behind many who adored her, and who will deeply miss her wise advice, inquisitive mind, and unwavering love.
In remembrance of Billie, the family asks that any charitable donations be made in her name to the American Diabetes Association at diabetes.org/memorial or PO Box 7023, Merrifield, Virginia, 22116.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Billie Kay Cirrincione
April 6, 2021
I knew Billie thru the Anne Arundel Rug Hookers. She was a wonderfully sweet woman. Billie was a talented hooker who was very generous in sharing her knowledge with all of us, never hesitating to take a moment away from her own project to offer help or advice should anyone need it. She did a fantastic job of making sure we had interesting and exciting instructors for our annual retreat. She was also very generous in opening her home for us to meet for weekly hook-ins, where we all enjoyed catching up, sharing stories and laughing together. I will very much miss seeing her, especially when we can all meet in person again.
Sending love and comfort to her family.
April 1, 2021
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That’s where Mrs. Beast comes in. I recall early on always being mystified how such a quiet, calm, and often the only woman, in a whirlwind of Cirrincione man crazed mayhem could ever work. But nothing ever fazed her. In fact, she thrived. She let her boys be boys. But when it was her time, when the room needed to become silent, when she felt something needed to be said or a point needed to be made, everyone stopped, everyone listened. That was her presence, her authority, and to me, that was her beast-mode. Of course, she was so much more. A great Mom to her boys and wife to her husband. The Matriarch of the Cirrincione family. What a privilege it was for me to get to share in some small way in her amazing life. For that I will be forever grateful, and I will miss her dearly.
To The Beast, Will, Joey and Vic, and the extended Cirrincione family, please know we are thinking of you during this difficult time. The Briles family sends you our love and support.
April 1, 2021
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Mrs. Beast! My term of endearment for Mrs. C from my early teen years to now over 3 decades later. Some background… My relationship with the Cirrincione family didn’t get off to a great start. At the tender age of 8ish, her son Will and I were “rivals” on the soccer field. I’d say more like mortal enemies. He was a really good player on a really good team, I hated that. I couldn’t pronounce the name on the back of his jersey, so I didn’t like his name. I didn’t like how loud Will was on the field and I hated how his Dad would yell in Italian from off the field because I was certain he was insulting me. Will and I had disdain for each other, Will would agree I’m sure. But life throws you curve balls sometimes and for me the unfathomable happened, I joined forces with Will as a teammate, albeit very reluctantly. As battle tested 12ish year old’s the first few weeks were tense. But tension eventually gave way and the bonds of a life-long friendship were formed. Will and I have been best friends ever since. Teammates, countless road trips to soccer tournaments, college roommates, vacations with each other’s family, the Cirrincione Olympics, in each other’s weddings and more times in between than I could ever remember.
Throughout all these times I’ve learned a few things about the Cirrincione family. You may not know this, but they are loud, they are crazy, they are proud of their Italian heritage and you can’t help but love everything about them. Since I couldn’t pronounce their last name, I had to come up with my own way to address Will’s parents. Will’s Dad, to me, always seemed like a Beast operating in full beast-mode. So that’s what I called him, The Beast, affectionately. Still do. Still seems fitting.
March 31, 2021
From the time I was 2 until well into my 20s, Mrs. C was my second Mom. She lived next door; her son Will and I were usually joined at the hip. She treated me like one of her own sons, except maybe a little gentler. She always asked me how I was doing, what I was thinking about, and her eyes would glint with pride anytime I mentioned an achievement or told a fun story.
She was an incredibly astute listener and observer. In a house of four loud boys/men and their male friends, she was often the only woman. She’d go for long stretches without saying much, but she was truly the EF Hutton of that house. When she spoke, everyone listened. And when she had a glass of wine among friends, her oratory prowess stepped forward. I remember being astounded by the breadth of her knowledge, much like I was by my own Mom, and yet they maintained two different encyclopedias in their minds.
She was tough as nails. Her clenched jaw could make a hungry lion cower. She spoke out and stood up for her values, for those less fortunate and for her family and friends.
I’ll never know all the things Mrs. C taught me, because many of them precede my cognizance and others elude my aging memory. But I’ll never forget this: When I finally met the woman I wanted to marry, I introduced her to the Cirrinciones. Not only did my financé pass “the test” with flying colors, she came away smitten with Billie Cirrincione, an assertive, civic-minded, professionally successful and charming woman with occasional biting wit.
I am unbelievably lucky to be able to call her my second Mom.
My heart goes out to Pops, Will, Vic, Joey and everyone else who suffers this immense loss.
March 31, 2021
I shared many wonderful meals at the table with Billie especially Thanksgiving. She had a distinctive laugh and loved to be with others. Some of my fondest conversations were talking cooking techniques and recipes while sipping on white wine. She made this rice stuffing dish at Thanksgiving that was delicious. She was passionate about her sports teams and truly loved life and her family.
March 31, 2021
Gene Cooper's family (Lisa and Rick, Stephen and Tanya) are devastated by this news. We warm ourselves with the memories of so many wonderful family meals and Christmas Eve festivities with Billie, Joe, and all the rest of the extended Cirrincione family and their lovely circle of friends. Please know that we are thinking of you all, and that we will tell Gene when the moment is right for her to hear it--though there is of course no right moment for a loss of this magnitude, some small part of which we share with you. Huge hugs to you all.
March 29, 2021
Pops, Joe, Will, and Vic -
Broke our hearts to learn of Billie's passing. Our hearts go out to you all. May the wonderful memories wash away the tears in time. She was a simply remarkable woman and I remember her as a North star in what reminding us about respecting people from all walks of life. I can remember some Sunday dinners at the Penwood house with her grin laughing at the crazy guys, cheering at so many soccer games, helping us buy a house, and always standing up for what she believed in. I'll never forget marching for choice with her in DC on a beautiful 1994 day. She raised some great men.
Hugs to you all,
Shannon and Bepsie
March 29, 2021
To the entire Cirrincione family and beyond. It is with heartfelt sympathy that I share in the mourning of your loss of such a unique and wonderful women. She treated me as if I was her 4th son. I had the honor and privilege to be part of her Christmas celebration for over 40 years. She extended that love to my own family as the years went on. Her sons are like brothers to me. There are no proper words to console the family and to process the feeling of emptiness, knowing that she has departed this life. Billie could not of had a better husband, sons, or supportive family. I know, that if there is a heaven, she surely is there now, visiting with her loved ones and my parents . G-D bless you Billie, "Mrs. C.". I will do my best to look after all your boys-including "Mr. C." !!
Love you all.
Gary & Margie Pichney & family