Rosemary DeCarlo Snow

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Rosemary DeCarlo Snow was born to Josephine Rotolo DeCarlo and Joseph Anthony DeCarlo on May 15, 1946 in Arlington, Virginia. She passed away at lnova Fairfax Hospital on September 26, 2021 after a long and courageous battle against a blood disorder.

Rosemary attended Catholic schools in Arlington, Virginia, through high school. She attended William & Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she received a BA in education in 1968. She obtained her legal assistant certification in Florida in 1983.

Rosemary's career started with teaching elementary school in Fairfax, Virginia, followed by a legislative assistant role at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. After her marriage, she worked as a legal secretary, and then as a legal assistant in Hollywood, Florida.

Rosemary married Randall Woodbury Snow, II on July 26, 1980. Randy and Rosemary lived in Hollywood, Florida before moving to Vienna, Virginia in 2000. Rosemary and Randy possessed a great love for the many Yorkshire Terriers during their life together. They travelled extensively.

Rosemary is survived by her husband Randy, her brother Russell DeCarlo and his wife Liliana Longo, her sister Phyllis DeCarlo Cross and her husband Bill Cross, her brother-in-law Robert Snow and his wife Barbara Teng, her sister-in-law Debbie Marshall and her husband Dave Marshall, and Rosemary's one niece, three nephews, five grandnieces, and one grandnephew. Rosemary also leaves behind many beloved friends whom she also considered her family.

Rosemary is predeceased by her parents as well as by her sister-in-law Jan.

The family would like to express our gratitude to beloved caregiver Arcilia Motsoasele. Thank you to dear friend Marianne Jacka who spent months helping Ro during this challenging period. We also recognize the dedicated and caring Heartland Hospice nurses and staff, especially Joan and LaDonne. We thank Rosemary's compassionate doctors, including Dr. John Feigert, Dr. Sukanya Subramanian, Dr. Ellie Min, and Dr. Mark Vives.

Finally, the family wants to thank Rosemary's dear friends for their support, cards, encouragement, laughter, smiles, Zoom Calls, and more laughter.

Relatives and friends are invited to Rosemary's Life Celebration at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA on Friday, October 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA on Saturday, October 2 at 11 a.m. Interment at Fairfax Memorial Park on Monday, October 4 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter

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  1. Our heartfelt condolences to Randy and the Snow and DeCarlo families. We enjoyed the time spent in person with Rosemary, especially on special birthday and other occasions both in Baltimore and northern Virginia. She was one of the most pleasant, friendliest, warmest, kindest and genuine persons we ever met. Rosemary was an extraordinary gift to all of us and lifted our spirits when we had the good fortune to discuss many of our common experiences even if just by e-mail or telephone. Barbara and Rosemary had a special connection since they shared the same disabling disease and frequently communicated their treatments, progress and setbacks over the past 15 years or more. Rosemary’s memory will be with us forever. May she rest in peace. Barbara and Marvin Hurwitz

  2. I was lucky to be Rosemary’s classmate at Denis J O’Connell High School. She was always kind and a pleasure to be around then, and much later, at our alumni get togethers. Her smile always lit up the room, as it does now in Heaven. She will be very much missed. My deepest condolences to her family, friends and loved ones.

  3. Rosemary is my hero. Throughout the years she never complained, very much like our parents. I think of her often when I’m faced with a bump in the road. She was a brave soul and I will always hold her close to my heart. My regret is that we didn’t live close to each other. However, every time we got together, it was like we hadn’t been apart. The highlight of my summer was waiting for the DeCarlos to make their annual visit to Pueblo. What fun! Sleepovers, trips to buy candy at Fascio’s, good food, running around in Grandpa’s garden [he never yelled at us], presents, stories, the men playing poker in the dining room and the women in the kitchen cooking and washing dishes, and Aunt Jo never having to say, “It’s going to be hot today!” because she was in Colorado and not back east, etc. To me, Rosemary was a dear and much-loved cousin. My favorite times with her were when we were around her dogs. They were so smart and that was a result of her. I also enjoyed talking to her about various subjects and, as the true librarian, she was well-versed on all topics. So, in short, I felt like she and Beetle-bop were my sisters and I cherished our times together. . My favorite times with her were when we were around her dogs. They were so smart and that was a result of her. I also enjoyed talking to her about various subjects and, as the true librarian, she was well-versed on all topics. So, in short, I felt like she and Beetle-bop were my sisters and I cherished our times together. Ginny Danna

  4. Rosemary and I were in grade school and high school together, but our high school was co-institutional, sex-segregated classes, so I remember observing Rosemary in our coed grade school. She always struck me as composed. I know that’s a strange compliment, but I felt she knew who she was, while most of us didn’t. She was smart, and sweet–an odd combination, I fear. We corresponded for awhile when she was very sick. I just re-read all our e-mails, from 8/28/15 through 1/26/16. It felt like a last hug with a wonderful woman. Rosemary is not forgotten.

  5. I met Rosemary when we worked at the Library of Congress. We had so much fun together with our group of friends there. She was always cheerful, funny, had a wonderful sense of humor and we could always find something to laugh about. I am truly saddened by her passing – she was always very brave and positive. I will miss her always – I know that she is resting in the arms of our Lord in peace and joy. Jennie Tag Lee

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