Service


Date:

January 11, 2018

Start Time:

10:00 AM

Location:


Tonini Funeral Home

Address:


2135 SW 9th Street, Des Moines

Arrangements By:


Visitation


Date:

January 10, 2018

Start Time:

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location:


Tonini Funeral Home

Address:


2135 SW 9th Street, Des Moines

Mary Rose Cardamone

Mary Rose “Merf” Cardamone, 86, passed away January 7, 2018 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, surrounded by her family. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., with the rosary recited at 7, on Wednesday at Tonini Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with burial at Glendale Cemetery.

Mary Rose, the daughter of Vincenzo and Teresina (Grande) Ruggiero, was born September 22, 1931 in Des Moines, Iowa. Graduating from St. Joseph’s Academy, Mary started her career working for the IRS. Her entrepreneurial spirit drove her to cosmetology school, where she became a beautician and opened her own salon for many years. That same spirit drove her the rest of her life in many ventures.

Mary Rose loved cooking, holidays, and family gatherings. These events represented some of the happiest times of her life. She was a lifelong member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Mary Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene in 2007; and her siblings: Fred (Lois) Ruggiero, Joseph Ruggiero, Joanne Serra, and Catherine (George) Funaro.

Mary Rose is survived by her children: Gino (Lisa), John (Mary Fran), and Theresa (Doug) Walker; grandchildren: Gino, Jr., Natalie (Tony), Sammy, Christina, D.J., and Jenna; great-grandchildren: Charley and Jaxson; sister-in-law, Anna Ruggiero; and many other family members and friends.

Memorial contributions may be given to her church.

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