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FORD, Rose M.

FORD - Rose M. Was born April 8, 1918 in Buffalo, NY, and died on April 9, 2018, at the age of 100 years and one day. Rose is survived by her beloved sons, Gary Ford and wife Lisa Taverna of Bethesda, MD, Ronald and wife Harriet of Tannersville, PA and Kenneth of Daytona Beach, FL; daughter, Deborah Osherow, husband, David of Shokan, NY; seven grandchildren, Suzanne Salvatore and husband Joseph of Dripping Springs, TX, Adam Ford and wife Glynis of New York City, Matthew Ford of Austin, TX, Autumn Greenberg of Ithaca, NY, Carolyn Ford of Washington, DC, Nathan Ford and wife Mara Penne of Washington, DC and Skyler Osherow of Shokan, NY; three great-grandchildren, Madison Salvatore, and Anker and Tessa Ford. Rose was predeceased by Willis H. Ford, her husband of 70 years, who died in 2012. Rose and Willis moved from Snyder to Daytona Beach, FL in 2008, to be near their son, Kenneth, and get away from the Buffalo winters. Rose will be remembered by her family and friends for the personalized poems she wrote commemorating birthdays, graduations and other important milestones. She was devoted to her immediate family and her six siblings and their families and her many lifelong friends. Rose's boundless compassion, ability to find the positive in every situation and wise counsel will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her. On her 100th birthday on April 8, 2018, Rose was surrounded by all of her children and grandchildren, who brought her balloons and a birthday cake and who reminisced and sang "Happy Birthday" to her. Donations can be made in Rose's name to the San Fele Association of WNY and sent to the Federation of Italian-American Societies of WNY, P.O. Box 147, Buffalo, NY 14225 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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