In memory of
Rosemarie Cafiero Devoted decades to pet rescue and co-founded placement organization, cared for everything 'from guinea pigs to Seeing Eye dogs,' 80 Rosemarie Augusta Emilie Cafiero (nee Schnurr), 80, of Fairfield, N.J., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at her daughter's home in Butler, N.J. She was the beloved mother of Stephen and his wife, Annette Cafiero, Grace Anne and her husband, Frank Rivera, and Michael Cafiero and Carole; cherished grandmother of Stephen Walsh, Coriann Cafiero, and Michael and Elizabeth Rivera; adored great-grandmother of Emily; dear sister of Herbert and the late Annegret Schnurr and daughter of the late Josef Rudolf and Lina Frida Schnurr (nee Kmmel). Rosemarie emigrated from Bremen, Germany, in 1957 and was proud to become a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1964. She had a passion for caring for animals and volunteered to help raise anything from guinea pigs to Seeing Eye Dogs. She devoted her life to rescuing animals for over 40 years, placing over 7000 animals with new families. She founded and operated Orphaned Pets for more than 25 years before co-founding Rosemarie's Rescue Ranch. Donations may be made to either Rosemarie's Rescue Ranch, PO Box 3191, West Caldwell, N.J. 07007 or AutismNJ.org . Per Rosemarie's wishes, a "Celebration of Life" will take place in Summer 2018. Please email Grace Rivera at email@example.com with your name and how Rosemarie has touched your life if you would like to receive an invitation. Arrangements are under the direction of Ippolito-Stellato Funeral Home, 7 Two Bridges Rd., Fairfield, N.J. Send condolences to stellatofuneralhomes.com .
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