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Rose Marie Cistulli

Rose Marie Cistulli (Tarvaian)

Friday, May 17th, 1929 - Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
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Rose Marie (Tarvaian) Cistulli 90, of Newington, CT lost her battle with cancer and COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Rose Marie was born May 17, 1929 in Marseille, France. As a world-class trained vocalist, her passions were singing on stage, her true love husband and family. Rose Marie was educated as a vocalist in NYC, and in media at the CT School of Broadcasting. She worked at WTIC as an assistant to the radio legend Bob Steele. She sang in plays, on radio & TV, in dinner clubs, choirs and more, also with Cubby Clark, Sonny Costanzo, and many Big Band National greats. In her own words “I had fun.” Her stage life was also spent as the Joe & Rose Marie Cistulli Quartet. Joe and Rose began making music together when she was 17 and continued until Joe passed. She joins her husband Joseph D. Cistulli Jr., who preceded her in death in 2002. A beloved and adored singer, cook, character, wife, and mother, she leaves behind her children, Donna Marie Cistulli of New Britain, CT, Joseph G. Cistulli of Howell, MI, a poet & artist son C.C. Arshagra, and Michael D. Cistulli of New Britain CT. along with her 2 grandchildren, Nancy and Joseph G. Cistulli, Isabella Mary-Rose and Dante Vincenzo of Howell, MI.

Due to the current situation, a graveside service will be held St. Mary’s Cemetery on May 5 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a gofundme has been set up to help pay for Rose Marie’s funeral expenses. The Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT has charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit SHAKERFUNERALHOME.COM
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    Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 1:00pm
    St. Mary Cemetery
    1141 Stanley St
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    Rev. Dariusz Gosciniak
  • Interment

    St. Mary Cemetery
    1141 Stanley Street
    NEW BRITAIN, CT 06051
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George Kowalski

Posted at 11:00am
To Donna, Joe, C.C. Arshagra and Michael, I wishing you strength and serenity at this time of loss and reflection. I have 51 years of memories that revolved around Rose's home and her family. Living next door I was able to run up to Rose's home and grab a plate of the BEST RICE PILAF I have still ever tasted. I've spent many afternoons and evenings with her son's and daughter and Rose always treated me like her 4th son. I was so impressed with Rose and Joe's musical careers yet Rose and Joe's home was like my second home and they were always willing to listen and give me so much advise and support as teenagers need during those fast and changing times. So I say to Rose and her family, thank you for being there for me in all those years. May she rest and peace.

Sebastian R Papa

Posted at 10:12am
So sorry to read of Rose Marie's passing. Rose Marie was a joy to be with always upbeat. I was good friends with her husband, Joe. We played many engagements together with the Al Root Band. May she rest in peace. God bless !


Posted at 01:13pm
To my cousins, Donna, Joey, C.C. and Michael, i am so very sorry for your loss . Auntie Rosemarie was THE BEST! My aunt showed me how to make Lasagna, a recipe that i still use TODAY :) ...I will miss her GREATLY .......Rest in peace my Auntie, Love you,
your niece Lorna Marie Lazzaro

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