Rose S. Bezanilla, 93, West Carthage

WEST CARTHAGE, NY — Rose S. Bezanilla, 93, of 46 N. Main St., West Carthage, died Monday evening, July 30, 2018, at the Carthage Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing where she was a resident for two years.

Rose was born April 25, 1925, in Ocala, FL, the daughter of the late Abner and Anita (Dionne) Stewart.

She married George E. Bezanilla on Oct. 5, 1941, in Carthage. George, owner of the former Bezanilla Dairy, died on January 15, 1980.

Following her husband’s death, Rose was employed as a cook and domestic for the Augustinian priests that resided at the Rectory of St. James Church in Carthage for over 15 years.

She was a member of the Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered countless hours in the gift shop. She had her daily ritual of coffee at the Superior Restaurant, even at the age of 90.

She is survived by her two daughters, Mrs. Diane (Harry) Ames of West Carthage and Deborah Siler of Raleigh, NC, two sons and their spouses, Bruce and Rhonda Bezanilla of Cape Vincent and David Bezanilla and Larry Campbell of San Francisco, CA; a sister, Anita McManus of Ashville, OH; two brothers, William Stewart of Bowie, MD and Thomas Stewart of West Carthage; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Ruth Bezanilla, a granddaughter Kathryn Bezanilla, two brothers, Walter and Timothy Stewart and two sisters, Barbara Wagoner and Mary Lou Oliger.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at St. James Catholic Church with Rev. Donald A. Robinson officiating. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery. Calling hours will be 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at Bezanilla-McGraw Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary or to the St. James Church.

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