Rosemary McNamara Boccaccio

April 7, 1942January 2, 2019

Rosemary (McNamara) Boccaccio, 76, of Rocky Hill, the devoted wife of 54 years to John Boccaccio, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late John T. and Emma (Briere) McNamara. Rosemary was born and raised in New Britain, eventually moving to Newington where she and John raised their family, residing there 45 years before moving to Rocky Hill. Rosemary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. In addition to her husband, she leaves her three devoted daughters and sons-in-law: Alicia and Lou Castanho of Rocky Hill, Jean Boccaccio, and Colleen and Wayne Corriveau of Newington. She also leaves her eight grandchildren: Christian, Daniella and Luke Castanho; Domingo “DJ”, Mariano and Selena Rose Malave, along with their father Domingo Malave Jr.; Aidan and Juliette Emma Corriveau. In addition she leaves her sisters: Eleanor Martin of Newington and Maureen (Joseph) Tardif of Waterford; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; Rose Cassarino, Frances (Francis) Tebecio, Pauline Brancati, Richard Boccaccio, Joseph Boccaccio and Rev. Michael A. Boccaccio along with many loving family members of the extended Boccaccio Family. Rosemary was predeceased by her sister Barbara Brady and her husband Earl, brother-in-law Victor Martin, as well as her twin nephews, James and John Brady. Her favorite time of year would be Christmas as she looked so forward to the McNamara parties! Rosemary took pride in her career as a unit secretary at New Britain General Hospital. Many knew her as “Rose” but her close friends knew her as Foxy (a childhood nickname that carried throughout her life). Over the years she made many friendships that she cherished. Rosemary’s family was her world, nothing made her happier. A loving and devoted mother, she would always talk to her girls at least once a day just to chat. Summers were spent in Old Lyme at her beloved beach house. One of her favorite things to do at the beach was walking hand-in-hand with her grandchildren in search of sea glass, a patient skill and tradition she taught them. No weekend at the beach would be complete without “Grandma’s” pancakes; Something her grandchildren always looked forward to. Her daughters were grateful for the “dollar” game Rosemary invented, awarding the grandchild that slept the latest one dollar. It didn’t matter the amount of money, they all wanted to win, allowing their parents to sleep in just a little longer. The car rides just won’t be the same without the “mystery ride”. Born with a Gaelic heritage, Rosemary quickly learned the art of Garlic, keeping up with a passionate Sicilian family and learned to bake Italian desserts. Her anise drop cookies and pizzelles were not only delicious but 100% traditional. The family would like to thank her caregivers especially her evening angel - Nicky for her loving and gentle care. She was a loyal friend, caregiver, protector, and 4th daughter. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8th at Annunciation Parish (Church of the Holy Spirit), 183 Church St, Newington. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, January 7th from 4-7 at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield. Memorial donations can be made in her memory to Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Rd, West Hartford, CT 06107. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit


  • Calling Hours Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Rosemary McNamara Boccaccio

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Shirley Breuer

March 5, 2019

John, Alicia, Jean and Colleen,
My condolences on the loss of your beloved wife/mother. I remember her kind ways as a unit secretary when I worked at NBGH and of course know what a close knit family you are... sharing many smiles together in your Old Lyme beach house! May your hearts continue to find peace in these memories.


Patricia Taylor

January 6, 2019

Dear John and family
My sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of Rosemary.
I shall have a mass said in her honor at my parish, St. Monica here in Santa Monica.
Thinking of you with prayers and blessings ,
Pattie Taylor

Janet Gordon

January 6, 2019

John please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your beloved Rosemary. I am sure that the memory of your good times together will help to ease your sorrow. With deep sympathy, Sincerely Jan Gordon

Gail Fuller

January 6, 2019

Dear John and family, I was saddened to hear of the passing of Rosemary. My thoughts and prayers are with her and all of her family. Love, Gail

Kathleen Meyers

January 6, 2019

I am sorry about the passing of Rosemary. She was a kind and helpful co-worker, and I am glad I knew her. My condolences to her family.

Mary Fontana

January 6, 2019

John, I’m so sorry to read the loss of your wife Rosemary. Please accept my condolences. May she rest in lease.

Eugene Ciccone

January 6, 2019

Rosemary, I do not have a single memory of you, but rather I remember that every time I saw you, you greeted me with a smile. One of the nicest presents you could have given. Thank you.
Rest in peace. Peace to your family.

Ron & Connie Kehoe

January 5, 2019

Rosemary was the wind in the Boccaccio sails. Her entire family is so grounded by the strength and principles she shared with all she came in contact with. Rosemary will be missed but she will be watching and still caring from above.

bonnie emery

January 5, 2019

You are all in my prayers. I enjoyed working many years with Rose. She was a very special person who will be missed. Heaven does have a new angel.

Maureen Anglin Cenci

January 5, 2019

John and family -Mark and I are deeply sorry for your loss. Rosemary left a very special legacy . You and your extended family have many cherished memeories to hold in your hearts. May God keep you in his loving care now and always. Maureen Anglin & Mark Cenci. HPHS 1957