Rosemary Ward

Rosemary “Rosie” Ward, 80, of Haworth passed away peacefully with her family by her side on February 7th, 2023.  She was the beloved wife of the late William Charles Ward. Loving mother of William Michael Ward and his wife Heather Nottingham and Christine Ward-Diaz and her husband Oscar Diaz. Cherished grandmother of Erica Diaz and Alexis Diaz. Dearest sister of the late Charles Smyth. 

Rosie was well known for her kind heart, her positive attitude, her sense of humor, and her incredible selflessness and inclination to always put others needs before her own.  She was a dedicated systems analyst at Pascack Valley Hospital for over twenty years where she met the work friends that became like family to her. She cherished her friends and enjoyed meeting and talking to new people wherever she went.  It could be said that she never met a stranger.

She was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Church and had tremendous faith, watching mass online throughout COVID and even up until her last week on earth.  In the years to come, we will all draw inspiration from Rosie’s wonderful example of humor, faith, grit, and eternal positivity.

Visitation is Monday, February 13, 2023 from 4-8 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale.  A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 102 Park Street, Haworth with interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.


  1. Joan & Steve Humphreys

    To Bill and Christine and all the Ward family our hearts go out to you. Loved Rosemary and considered her a friend. We are so very sorry for your loss and send our love and deepest sympathy.
    Rosemary was such a kind person and I will always remember her as a good friend.
    Rest In Peace Rosemary.

  2. Christine, Billy and family, please accept my deepest condolences on the death of your beloved Mom. She was always so jolly and had a great sense of fun and humour. Thinking of you all at this very sad time. Xxx

  3. The Smyth Family, Ireland

    Christine, Billy and family, please accept out heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your beloved Mom, Rosemary. We remember her with great fondness on her visits to Ireland, starting in 1964. And on our return visits to Haworth, sh had a cead mile failte for each of us. She was always fun to have around and great company. Always remembered and never forgotten. Your cousins Charles, John, Marette and Patrick.

  4. Noreen McKenna Murphy ‘60

    My sincere sympathy to Rosemary’s family!
    We were friends at Blessed Sacrament High
    School and I am sure you heard stories about
    BS. It was a small school so we were all
    Friends. I remember your Mom fondly
    And the fun times we all had. May she RIP!

  5. To Chrissie and all the Ward family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you every day. Rosie was the sweetest of people and will be remembered always. My heart breaks for you and I am with you in my heart.
    With much love,

  6. Pat & JoAnne McGroarty

    Dear Christine, Billy and Family.

    Please accept our deepest condolences on your Mom’ s passing.

    Your Mom was a strong, positive individual and a joy to be around.

    Her contagious laugh and warm personality always brought a smile to our faces. We had always looked forward to seeing your Mom at family gatherings and will deeply miss her presence.

  7. I can hardly get the right words to express the pain and shock I experienced following the passing on of Rosemary. To me she was a dear mother and friend. At times I believe it is still a dream and I will have to wake up from the dream and share the smiles, jokes and singing. Some people leave a lasting story for generations to come on what it means to bring joy, peace and happiness to all the people that they meet and interact with and Rosemary must be counted among them. Rest in peace my dear Rose, you were a real rose in my life and the life of your children, family and friends. Deepest condolences to Billy, Christine and family. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

  8. Sincere Sympathy to Bill, Christine snd family. Rosemary was a lovely humorous lady. It was always a pleasure to meet her, I was delighted to meet her in 2018 in her home. Her visits to Ireland are filled with good memories. Rest in peace Rosemary.

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