Rose Cecilia Demus Argiro, 97, of Severna Park, MD, died peacefully April 4, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. A first generation American, she was born on February 16, 1921 in Uniontown, PA., the daughter of Nick and Teresa Demus from Reggio Calabria, Italy.
Rose and her eight siblings grew up in Worthington, WV. As a young girl she always dreamed of becoming a nurse and in 1943 she graduated from Saint Mary’s Nursing School in Clarksburg, WV. Rose’s nursing career began as a staff nurse at St Mary’s Hospital and then continued on to include employment at John’s Hopkins University Hospital working as a Supervisory RN in a coveted section of the hospital reserved for famous personalities i.e. movie stars, athletes, politicians and an assortment of dignitaries. Additionally, Rose worked as an elementary school nurse (Severna Park, MD), worked as a nurse for the Maryland Health Department Head-Start program, and ended her nursing career after working 13 years providing nursing care at the Maryland State Legislature where she was recognized for her excellent service and received numerous awards.
Throughout her career Rose represented only the highest standards and values as she attended to the well-being of her patients with compassionate and selfless care.
In 1946 Rose met the love of her life in Worthington, WV—a handsome intelligent and dashing Lieutenant, Larry Argiro. Within a year they were married and for 69 years remained in a loving marriage until his death approximately one year ago.
Family was always Rose’s priority and she and Larry welcomed their son Larry Jr in 1952. He has always been the light of their life. Rose was a consummate homemaker and decorator, enjoying her passions of cooking, gardening, quilting, and bringing friends and family together to enjoy wonderfully home-made Italian dishes and hosting the perfect party. Though a Maryland resident for many years, Rose remained proud of her West Virginia roots and returned often to spend time with her beloved family.
She is preceded in death by her husband Larry Argiro Sr. and survived by her son and daughter-in-law Larry Jr and Barbara Argiro., of Annapolis, MD and one sister Nellie Demus of Worthington, WV. Rose is also survived by brothers/sister-in-laws Jim and Erma Demus (Shinnston, WV), Michael Demus (New York, NY) and Merelyn Demus (Worthington, WV). She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends and Family may call on Monday 1-8:00 p.m. at Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Avenue Fairmont. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday April 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church with Fr. Joseph Konikattil as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
A vigil service will be held Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of Flowers, please share a donation in Rose’s memory to West Virginia University (WVU) Foundation-Rosenbaum Family Center. The Center provides a home away from home for adult patients and their families while receiving medical care.
Condolences may be sent to www.rossfh.com