Rosemary DeFilippo was born on March 30, 1950, daughter of the late Justine M. Horrigan Hampp and the late William H. Hampp in Meriden, CT. She passed away on February 5, 2017.
Rosemary’s beloved family and friends had hoped more time would come to Rose on the wings of prayer: Her last months were spent participating in happy occasions, such as her children’s weddings and taking care of everybody and everything to make life easier for those she left behind; her family, friends and clients. Had she more time, she would have written her memoir, Silver Linings; for she was able to navigate her way through life’s challenges in her uniquely “rose” colored glasses to silver linings with grace and tenacity.
Many referred to Rosemary as a tough cookie; Someone with just the right mix of sweetness and strength; one who doesn’t crumble under pressure; a fighter who’s too busy kicking butt to sit down and cry, but knows it’s okay to do both; a person who doesn’t always ask for support, but has a lot of friends who would do anything to help
She always felt her greatest accomplishment and pleasure was her marriage to Tom, and together, raising their family. She enjoyed excursions to NYC, especially its’ theater, museums, restaurants and sleeping in her car under the Tri-boro bridge for the Avon breast cancer walk and exploring the cobblestone streets and beaches of Nantucket, MA.
She leaves behind her devoted husband of 36 years, Thomas P. DeFilippo, and three children: Diana M. O’Rourke, wife of Timothy G. O’Rourke, Jr. and their four children, Bronagh, Kateri, Josephine and Brogan of New Haven, CT; Dana A. Miller, wife of Joshua T. Miller of Pennsylvania; and Thomas P. DeFilippo, Jr., husband to Caitlin Grunseich DeFilippo of New York, New York.
She also leaves behind sisters Meredith R. Shatas (John), Justine M. Frazier (Clyde) and Madelyn E. Anderson (Robert) and brother Thomas R. Hampp (Margaret) and sister-in-law Rita Hampp. She was predeceased by a brother, William T. Hampp.
She also leaves her nieces and nephews: W. Tobias Hampp (Alissa), John M. Shatas (Rosetta), Richard T. Shatas, Douglas W. Shatas (Sharon), Lance E. Shatas (Jennifer), Jennifer M. Baehr (Peter), Adam T. Hampp (Kelly); and grand nieces and nephews Samantha, Rachel, Lilly, Tessa and Zoe Shatas and Mason and Olivia Baehr.
Rosemary grew up in Meriden, CT and attended St. Rose of Lima School (Meriden, CT), Mercy High School (Middletown, CT); Bay Path College (Longmeadow, MA); George Washington University (Washington, D.C.); Southern CT State University (New Haven, CT) and earned her Juris Doctorate from Franklin Pierce Law Center (Concord, NH).
She was employed by Cummings and Lockwood Law Firm (Stamford, CT) before opening The DeFilippo Law Firm where she practiced for 30 years with offices in Woodbridge, CT and then Bethany, CT.
She taught courses in law, business and history at Southern CT State University; South Central Community College; American Institute of Paralegal Studies and Quinnipiac University’s undergraduate business school.
Rosemary was admitted to practice in the Connecticut Superior Courts; Commonwealth of Massachusetts; State of New York supreme courts; United States District Court of Connecticut and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
She was also a member of the New Haven Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, American Bar Association and the CT Trial Lawyers Association, Elder Law Attorneys of America; American Trial Lawyers Association; American Association of University Professors; College and Business Instructors of Connecticut, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and DICTA (law school newsletter) where she served as Editor.
Rosemary was a parishioner of Our Lady of Assumption Church in Woodbridge where she served as trustee of the parish and was an active member of the Finance Committee and Ladies Guild.
She was also a valued and very active member of the Amity League of Women Voters, CT League of Women Voters (Board of Directors), Town of Bethany Assessment Appeals; Mary care, Inc. (Board of Directors); Amity Teen Center (Advisory Board); Woodbridge Board of Selectmen (Town Ordinance Committee); Community Health Care Plan (Board of Directors); Exceptional Cancer Patients, Inc. (ECaP) Board of Directors, Bylaw Revision Committee (chair); Policy Committee (chair); Town of Woodbridge Board of Selectmen and the Connecticut Trails Girl Scouts of America Board of Directors and troop leader.
Friends and relatives may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 4 to 7 pm.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Saturday February 11th at 10 a.m. Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, 35 Center Street, Meriden, CT with Reverend Emanuel Ihemedu officiating. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Entombment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, 250 Gypsy Lane, Meriden, CT.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to MARYCARE, Inc., 230 Blue Hills Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112 (marycare.org).