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Rosemarie Sperduti, drummer for local rock bands

Feb. 13, 1959 – Nov. 24, 2014

Rosemarie Sperduti, of Orchard Park, a former state corrections counselor best known as the drummer for several local rock bands, died Monday in St. John Baptist Hospice House after a battle with lung cancer. She was 55.

Born in Lackawanna, she was a 1977 graduate of Orchard Park High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from SUNY Buffalo State.

Miss Sperduti worked for the state Department of Corrections as an alcohol and substance abuse counselor at the Gowanda Correctional Facility and for two years as a parole officer.

More recently, she worked in private security.

A drummer since she was in fifth grade, she played with Foxy, Ladyfire, Aegis, Kanayamz, the Black Pearl Band and, most recently, the Clark Rabbitt Band, which has dedicated a song to her on its upcoming CD.

She also ran the sound board for the band Anatara. Well-liked in the local music community, a benefit for her earlier this month was attended by more than 750 people.

She inspired her sons to follow her path into music. Devon Allen Carrow-Sperduti plays drums and Dillon Anthony Carrow-Sperduti plays violin and guitar.

In addition to her sons, survivors include her co-parent, Rene Carrow; her mother, Mary; a brother, Louis II “Jeep”; and two sisters, Jeanmarie Hamm and Ann Marie Scott.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

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