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“Dear Uncle Marco,as the eldest and in the name of Aunt Rosanne's Italian nephews and nieces, I'm writing these few words in her memory in English, to...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Luca Soresi - Bologna

“Rosanne always had a kind smile on her face. She always had room for "one more" at her table. May she Rest In Peace at the Lord's table. God bless...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Jennifer Boettinger - Johns Creek, GA

“To Roseanne's children and grandchildren, I am one of many Peiffer cousins to Roseanne. As you may know, the boys greatly outnumbered us girls! She...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Carol Miller - FREMONT, OH

“The beautiful Rosanne Peiffer turned heads as she arrived on campus at Mary Manse College. Statuesque,posed, charming, dark hair and eyes, she...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Jane Fauble Whitlatch - OH

“Sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.Bruce & Leann Peiffer ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Bruce Peiffer - Pemberville, OH

“I am very sorry for your loss. Mrs Cristanetti was my 6th grade teacher which was also her first year at Raymer School in Toledo, Ohio. She was not...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Cheri Donahue-Hatfield - Toledo, OH

“I often thought of Ms Cristanetti as she was my 6th grade teacher at Raymer school in Toledo oh. Everyone loved her, so kind and caring as well as a...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Cathie Weiss - Toledo, OH

“Condolences to Raffaella, Simona and Micaela. I know how much your mother meant to you. May your many wonderful memories provide comfort to you. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Franni Hylinski - Middletown, DE

“Our deepest sympathy to Rosanne's family. Rosanne will be missed by many. She was a great neighbor at Lake Erie, enjoyed her delicious pizza's that...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Ron & Diane Heminger - OH


10 of 14 | Posted by: Ron & Diane Heminger - OH

“I remember you as my 5th grade teacher at Harlan. Wonderful teacher & always spoke highly of her children. Mrs Cristanetti may you REST Peacefully...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Danita S - DE

“I'm so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. Please accept my sympathy for your loss.I knew Mary from passing in the hall and when she provided coverage...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Karen Thomas-DiNatale - DE

“Our deepest sympathy and condolences to your family. We will always be grateful for how she helped our daughter. It was a joyful day when my eldest...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: DiLuzio Family - Wilmington, DE

“We are so sorry about Rosanne's death. So glad we were able to visit with her in May. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Gene and Marjorie Kinn - Fostoria, OH


Mary Rosanne (Peiffer) Cristanetti, age 72, of Wilmington, Delaware, formerly of Fostoria and Toledo, Ohio, and Padova, Italy, died suddenly at home on August 30, 2017. She was born, also at home, in New Riegel, Ohio, to Eugene and Rosemary (Christophory) Peiffer.

Rosanne graduated from St. Wendelin High School in Fostoria, OH, Class of 1963. She enrolled at Mary Manse College in Toledo, OH immediately after high school and in her junior year was awarded the opportunity to go to Geneva where she received a Certificate of French Language and Culture in 1966. She returned to Mary Manse College and received her Bachelors of Art, Education/ Social Studies degree in 1967. In 1973, she received her Masters of Education from the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH.

Rosanne was a lifelong educator. Her career was dedicated to encouraging all her students' achievements – whether they be the countless middle schoolers she taught over the years in both Ohio and Delaware, or the US service members continuing their education during their deployment in Italy, where Rosanne achieved the position of Director of Education for the Southern European Command.

Most recently, she was retired from the Brandywine School District in DE after more than 25 years at Harlan Elementary and Springer Middle School, but she continued to mentor children as an academic and reading tutor at Mt Pleasant Elementary.

Survived by her 3 daughters: Raffaella Cristanetti (Jason Walker) of DE; Simona Cristanetti (Matteo Randi) of VA; and Micaela Cristanetti of DE; 6 grandchildren to whom she was very close, and often hosted for "wild" sleepover parties Alessio, Daniela, Valentina, Eva, Camilla, and Luisa; her ex-husband Marco Cristanetti of DE; her 6 brothers: Reverend James Peiffer of OH; John Peiffer (Jenny) of OH; Norman Peiffer (Connie) of OH; Edward Peiffer (Kristine) of AZ; Richard Peiffer (Marilyn; OH); Gregory Peiffer (Linda; OH); 9 nieces & nephews: Kristine, Ryan, Christopher, Meredith, Annie, AJ, Tony, Nick, and Alex and their families.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., on September 16, 2017, at St. Anthony's of Padua Catholic Church, 901 N. DuPont St, Wilmington, DE. Friends may call at 9:00 a.m. at St. Anthony's Church. Burial services will be private, and will take place in Ohio at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing in her memory to the Delaware Nature Society, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, or the Brandywine River Museum.