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2011 Year in Review. June 27. Rose Lee Ciesco. At home, at peace and with her family. Doesn't get any better than that.

POSTED December 26, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON- The medicines have all been exhausted. It’s time to celebrate the person known to all as Rose-Lee Ciesco.

Ciesco, but 53-years young, has been battling Bile Duct Cancer of the Liver for the past three years and came home on Monday to live out her days in the care of Hospice, but surrounded by those who love her.

Every treatment available has been tried and after a roller coaster ride that makes the “Superman” ride look mellow, it’s time to circle the wagons in the very giving community known as Torrington.

The friends of Rose Ciesco have a dinner planned on Wednesday night at P. Sam’s Banquet Facility in Torrington, from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. in an effort to try and defer some of the monumental costs that have arisen during this 36-month plus struggle.

Tickets for the Pasta Supper are dollars with dollars going directly to the family.

The outpouring of support has been nothing short of unbelievable, according to Rose’s husband Gary, a rock of a family man.

“It has been both humbling and overwhelming,” Ciseco said, the emotion coming through the phone on Monday night, “She is home now and we are going to ride off into the sunset with her.”

Ever the football family, their positions are set and the responsibilities given.

“Bruce has got the protection on the line,” Gary Ciesco said, “Michael’s got the ball at quarterback and it’s time to punch it in from the one-yard line.”

Friends, family, neighbors from 25 years ago and farther, are all coming forward to help out a woman who did nothing but help out her entire life.

“Rose is all about her family,” brother-in-law and former Torrington boys basketball coach Tony Turina said, “She has always been a very caring person who would rather do for others than herself.”

Ever a presence at any sport at THS involving someone in her family, Rose Ciesco was there the first game Turina coached on the Raiders bench.

Cancer is a beast. That’s the best way I can describe it. It is relentless.

Most of us have been touched in one way or another through our own experiences or that of someone we knew.

But what cancer can never take away from us is our spirit and the strength we get when surrounded by those who care.

Torrington and beyond has responded in a big way; Gary Ciesco is hearing from people he went to school with along with those who played with either Michael or Bruce.

I saw the boys outside a local restaurant last Wednesday night as they grabbed food to bring to the hospital while they visited with a woman who has traveled the state and farther, following her boys and their endeavors.

Strong willed, strong hearted and just plain and simply, good boys.

A mother could ask for nothing more.

So as her extended family gets ready to raise a glass and salute a life lived to the fullest, Rose Lee Ciesco will feel all the love she has given come right back to her.

Down and set boys; time to block for mom.

TICKET INFO: Tickets are available at the following locations. Alfredo’s Deli, Carvel Ice Cream, LaMonica’s Restaurant, Nautilus Plus Fitness Center, Nicky G’s Wine and Spirits and the Torrington Municipal and Teachers Credit Union.


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