Obituary: Emma Irene Rosso

August 3, 1924 – January 17, 2009

(Chronicle file photo from 1999)
Emma Irene Rosso died Jan. 17, 2009. She was born Aug. 3, 1924, in Colfax, New Mexico, the daughter of Narciso and Divina Federici, both whom preceded her in death. A sister, Benezia and brother Fred J. Federici also preceded her in death.She is survived by her husband Lento; son Mike and wife Margie of Cimarron; daughter Netta and husband Ron Walker of Eagle Nest; granddaughters Divina Rosso, Mistica Walker and DeJa Walker; two great-grandchildren; brother William Federici and wife Elsie of Santa Fe; sister Ann Martin of Santa Fe; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family.

Emma attended school in Dawson, New Mexico, for nine years, then moved to Cimarron, New Mexico, where she graduated from High School. She attended secretarial school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before returning to Cimarron where she was employed as a telephone operator during WWII.

She and Lento were married February 5, 1946 in Springer, New Mexico. They worked side by side for many years in their grocery store and dry goods store in Cimarron. Emma was a member of the Sorosis Club and Immaculate Conception Church. She volunteered her time to the Cimarron Fire Department, Kiwanis Club and the Maverick Club.

She, along with her husband, family and friends, enjoyed traveling, singing, dancing, playing piano, cooking, playing cards, picnicking, fishing, and entertaining.

A Mass was celebrated Jan. 24, 2009, at the Sister Hildegarde Smith Parish Hall, HWY 21, Cimarron foolowed at a later date by private interment..

In lieu of flowers, Emma would appreciate donations to the Cimarron Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 567, Cimarron, NM 87714.