Rose Mary Cannistra

July 16, 1940April 15, 2012

Rose Mary Cannistra, 71, of Oneonta, went to be with her Lord and her mother and father on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.

Rose Mary was born on July 16, 1940 in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Fred and Mary Mildred (Hogan) Cannistra.

Rose Mary worked for many years at SUNY, Oneonta. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and Rosary Society as well as a Past President.

She volunteered more than 2,000 hours at Fox Hospital. While living at Nader Towers, she enjoyed the various trips she made with her friends. As a resident of Fox Nursing Home, she loved playing bingo and card games with the other residents as well as looking forward to celebrating her birthday and Christmas with her family. She also enjoyed her Sunday visits with her niece, Denise McGowan and her children.

Rose Mary is survived by sister Catherine Francisco and her husband, Douglas of Delhi; her brothers, Fred Cannistra, Jr. of Bainbridge and Richard Cannistra and his wife, Judy of Clarence, New York; her nieces and nephews, Vernon, Jeffrey, Brian Francisco, Denise McGowan, Colleen Gaydorus, Jason, Jarrett, Richard and Michael Cannistra and several great nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

Friends may call on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 form 5 to 7 pm at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand Street, Oneonta at which time her family will be in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place, Landover, MD 20785-7223

Her family wishes to thank the staff of Fox Nursing Home and Hospice for the wonderful care and love given to Rose Mary.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 18, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 19, 2012

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Daniel Wenck

May 17, 2012

So Very sorry for the loss of your Mom.
The Daniel Wenck family.

April 19, 2012

Sending our condolence across the miles. Thinking of you all.

Jerry & Barbara Hollister Littleton,CO

Colleen Kukenberger

April 18, 2012

We are very sorry for RoseMary's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I remember the camping trips with Uncle Fred and Aunt Mildred and Rose Mary when I was just a little girl- seeing all of you brings back so many memories. Miss those times. Remember them playing cards till the wee hours of the morning.... Love You Colleen (Lafler) Kukenberger and Bill Kukenberger.

The Northrups

April 17, 2012

Our thoughts are with your family in your time of loss.
The Northrup Family

Chris Allen

April 17, 2012

I will think of you often Rose Mary if I had to pick a memory it would be our off key singing in the shower and you trying to get the shower nozzle away from me to get me wet!!!!! I will miss you at AO Fox Nursing Home. Love Chris