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Ciampi, Rohini May 18, 1969 - March 8, 2023

Rohini Ciampi passed away at the age of 53 on March 8, 2023 after a brave battle with breast cancer.  She was born in India to Vice-Admiral K.R. Menon and Nalina Menon and moved to the U.S. at the age of 18 to study at Concordia College, where she excelled.  She later married Richard J. Ciampi, Jr. and they embarked on a wonderful journey together raising three children – Renata, Julia, and Richie.  Ro was a terrific daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend.  She was active in every aspect of her children’s lives. Her inner and outer beauty shone like a beacon as she listened and provided insight and advice to family and friends who sought it. She was warm, fun, lively, and intelligent with intense determination.  She loved running and traveling around the world.  Later, her passion for travel would drive her to create her own travel agency.  She had a beautiful smile, a zest for life, and embodied love.  Her family and friends were blessed to be enveloped by her love. Ro is survived by her mother, Nalina Menon (India), brothers Ramesh (Saugerties, NY) and Madan (Singapore), sister-in-law Ruma, nieces Nishka and Ayesha, and nephew Oliver.  Her brother-in-law, Robert, and niece, Robin, predeceased her.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Julie Ciampi, and in-laws, Julia and Richard Ciampi. To celebrate her life, family and friends will gather on Friday, March 10, 2023 from 4PM-8PM at Fred H McGrath & Son Funeral Home in Bronxville, NY.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 10:30AM at Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe, NY. Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in the name of Rohini Ciampi to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Calling Hours:  4 to 8 pm, Friday, March 10, 2023

Mass:  10:30 am, Saturday, March 11, 2023, Immaculate Conception Church, Tuckahoe, NY

Interment: A private Family interment will take place at Ferncliff Cemetery at a later date


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    Nelly says

    Ms. Ro I loved you as a big sister. My heart is broken because you planned to have fun with me. I miss you dear but God loves ❤️ you more. Rest in perfect peace beautiful Ms. Ro.

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      Richie Ciampi (Son) says

      Nelly, my mom always said you were a blessing and was so thankful to have you assist her while going through treatment. She appreciated your presence, help, love, and prayer so much. Thanks for being so good to my mama. It meant so much.

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    Regina Guadagnolo says

    So heartbroken to hear of the passing of Ro. A beautiful and kind woman who we knew from Our Lady Of Fatima school days. Sincere condolences to her whole family.
    The Kandilou-Guadagnolo Family

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    Namrita Nair says

    As heartbreaking as this is to write and words fail me, I need to articulate what Ro or Chakki (as known to us) meant to my family and me. She was my first cousin, my dad and her mom are siblings. Chakki was about 9 when I was born and her first comment when she saw me as a baby was”whats wrong with her eyes-I apparently had the largest scariest eyes she had ever seen! I feel her warmth and this sense of humour even as she has moved on to another dimension.
    My childhood memories of her were at our grandparents home in India,many summer holidays were spent there, me admiring a bigger older version of me( we do have similarities in physical attributes). She was ever so kind, gentle and tolerant of a pesky younger cousin…
    When she first moved to the US, we looked forward to her yearly visits but as time went by and life came in the way of things, the physical distance disconnected us. Inspite of this, through this phase of adulthood and when my own family grew, I always knew she reached out to my parents as much as she could and only had good wishes and love in her heart.
    While many will remember her as the most amazing wife and mom, I will also remember her as a wonderful daughter. She is smiling with her Dad in heaven now, she was everything and more to him.
    Her children are her legacy and we can be rest assured they are infused with her joyous spirit and compassionate soul.
    Love always, Namrita

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    Robert Ceballos says

    Rohini, there’s family, and you know what family is because you adored yours. And I had the privilege of meeting them all. My heart is broken for them. And then, there’s “family” of friends and immigrants. Immigrants gravitate to one another. Concordia College, 1988. Two newly arrived still teenagers met. And that was the beginning of a 35 year old friendship. There were gaps in our lives, as we moved, changed numbers, lost touch before the Internet. But our paths always met again. And I am blessed to say that our last decade, along with college, was the BEST. You knew my entire life. In time, I will celebrate you. And you’ll live in my heart forever. But for today, I’ve lost a limb. I feel robbed and cheated. But you are in a better place!!! The only thing that brings me a faint smile is imagining your dog, the first one because she’s the fastest one, galloping to you as you reunite!!! You’re in a better place!!! And that’s what matters. But the rest of us… feel robbed. Prayers to your beautiful family. The world mourns today. Love you always, my Ro. ❤️

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    Samyuktha Nair says

    Chakki Aunty was, by all accounts, incredibly brave and strong and beautiful, and always put her family first. I haven’t had the privilege of meeting her often, as we lived on 2 different continents, but she was always sweet in our interactions. Sending love and support to her family.

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    Arti Verma says

    Chakki was one of my first friends when we moved to vizag. She was always so sweet and kind with that lovely chakki smile. It was great to reconnect after all those years, and see what a wonderful mother and wife she was to a loving family. Sending my love and prayers to all of you.❤️

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    Jim Capo says

    Rich, sorry to hear of Robin’s passing. My condolences to you and your family.

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    Kripa says

    This is how I remember you my friend .. jeans and Red anc smiling always .add Grace and dignity . My sincere condolences to the family that added to her beauty .God be with you all in this hour of need and May your soul rest in peace my dear Rohini

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    John Williams says

    Rich, please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of your beautiful wife. God bless you and your family and stay strong.

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    Nitza Betancourt says

    Rich, My deepest condolences to you and family. Words cannot express the sorrow & sadness I feel for you all. Sending to you all healing prayers.

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    char sample says

    We are heartbroken to hear of Ro’s passing. Ro was truly a wonderful person. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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    Hope O'Connell says

    Dear Rich, Renata, Julia, Richie, Mrs. Menon, Ramesh,

    We are all thinking and praying for your family. We all have so many great memories of Chakki’s warmth and kindness. I remember when she had to slip out of a gathering one night to go meet Rich when they first began dating. Then how beautiful their wedding was in July 1998 in Saratoga.

    We will continue to pray for Chakki’s spirit that will live within us forever.

    Lots of love,


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    Michelle Heizler Moran says

    Such a beautiful human being and lovely family. I may not have had the pleasure of her company often, but whenever I did, she was pure joy and grace. No doubt she has passed that along to her children and she will be reflected in their lives for sure. What a tragic loss. Prayers for peace for the entire family.

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    Mariann Mascolo says

    Rohini I will miss you coming into the chiropractors office. You were soft spoken and sweet and always cared about what was going on in my life. Sleep well with the angels.

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      Lorraine Cohen says

      Hi I always thought Ro was special ! She had a kind way about her ! I felt bad when I heard about her treatments and was hoping to visit or taker her for lunch ! My sympathy to you Rich & beautiful family ! Love Cousin Lorraine

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    Freda from Dr. Chumsky office says

    The thought of never hearing your beautiful, soft sweet voice again breaks my heart I will keep you close to my heart always and forever. You are amazing and we all loved you soo much at Dr. Chumsky office.. SIP beautiful Queen.. love you always and forever

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    Dianne & John Flora says

    For both of Ro’s families, but especially for our “Little Sis” Julie Ciampi, my husband and I send our Deepest Sympathies and Love in the loss of your Dearest Ro. We were never Blessed to meet her, but her smiling picture has been on my Spiritual Table for years now as we prayed daily for her because she was So Special and meant the world to the Ciampis. What a Beautiful Soul! She will always be with you in so many ways, especially through her extraordinary children. May God Bless You All with His Love, Peace and Comfort at this most difficult time.

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    Kristen Sample says

    Devastating news. Ro was every wonderful thing you can imagine and then some. I always enjoyed my time spent with her and ALWAYS looked forward to our next time we could meet. An incredible person inside and out, and such an inspiring individual. My heart goes out to all of the Ciampi’s during this time.

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    Neil Pratesi says

    Rich, so sorry to hear the news of your wife’s passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

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