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Obituary of Rosalie D. Birdseye


Rosalie Dawn Birdseye, 81, of Cortland passed away Wednesday July 3, 2019 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, N.Y. Born February 11, 1938 in Cortland, Rosalie was the daughter of Vincenzo and Assunta Tremacco Leopardi.

Rosalie was a Graduate of Cortland High School Class of 1956 and was a resident of Ohio for many years before returning to Cortland in 2015. She was employed for many years as an Office Manager and Administrative Assistant with Messer Construction in Dayton, Ohio.

Survivors include; her sister, Geraldine J. Fitzgerald of Cortland, two step children; Zoe Defoe and Kim Birdseye both of Ohio and step grandchildren and step great grandchildren, Rosalie is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband; Gerald Birdseye and her siblings; Rachel Earley, Helen Pilgrim, Margaret LoParco, James Leopardi and F. Ron Leopardi.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Nathan Brooks officiating. Prayers of committal will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. The family will be present to receive friends on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. in the Chapel of Riccardi Funeral Home 69 N. Main St. Cortland, N.Y.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, please consider a contributions to the S.P.C.A 879 McLean Rd. Cortland, N.Y. 13045 or the American Cancer Society.

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