Roseanne A. Di Fate was wife to one of LibertyCon's very first guests, Mr. Vincent Di Fate. Like many of the guest spouses through the years, she became an integral member of the LibertyCon family in her own right. She was an incredibly caring and sweet lady, and will be missed tremendously.
Daughter of Nancy Arrichiello Panaro and the late Joseph Panaro, she was born August 19, 1945 in Mount Vernon. She married the love of her life, Vincent Di Fate on March 10, 1968 at St. Mary's Church in Mount Vernon; Mr. Di Fate survives at home in Wappingers Falls. Mrs. Di Fate received her Undergraduate degree from Hunter College and her Graduate Degree in Childhood Education from Lehman College. She taught in the Mount Vernon School District until her first child was born. After taking time to raise her two sons, she took a position as head teacher for Community Nursery School of Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church. Roseanne finished her career as a teacher for Wimpfheimer Nursery School at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, until she reluctantly retired in 2010 due to illness. In her spare time, she enjoyed movies, music and the arts. She had a passion for talking politics. When her illness kept her home, she had recently developed a love of crossword puzzles. Roseanne had a group of lovely people she met through her cardiac rehabilitation that she enjoyed spending time with. Mostly, she dedicated her life to children, her own and those she worked with. She was simply a natural with little ones and loved the time she got to spend with them. In addition to her husband, Vincent and her mother, Nancy, she is survived by her sons, Christopher Di Fate of New York City, and Victor Di Fate and his wife, Erin of Mobile, AL; brothers, Nicholas Panaro and his wife, Lisa of Ossining, and Peter Panaro and his wife, Susan of Yonkers; twin grandchildren, Zola and Xavier; and several nieces and nephews.
On a personal note, Uncle Timmy had this to say about Ms. Di Fate:
I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE KNOWN MS. RO ON AND OFF FOR OVER 25 YEARS AND I CAN TELL YOU SHE WAS A WONDERFUL LADY. MS. RO’S PASSING WILL LEAVE A BIG HOLE IN VIN’S LIFE THAT HE WILL PROBABLY FILL HIS LIFE WITH HIS LARGE FAMILY. AS WITH EVERYONE THAT KNEW HER, WE WILL ALL MISS MS. RO AND THE LIGHT AND GRACE THAT FOLLOWED HER WHERE EVERY SHE WENT. MAY THE PERPETUAL LIGHTS SHINE ON YOU RO AND MAY YOU REST IN THE ARMS OR YOUR LORD. YOUR OTHER FAMILY WILL MISS YOU MORE THAN YOU KNOW. -TIM BOLGEO
Gary Kim (G.K.) Hayes of Fayetteville, GA, who was scheduled to be a guest at LC26, passed away April 17, 2013 from a heart attack. He was 61. Over the years G.K. Hayes had been a Navy flyer, a keyboard player for several not-so-famous local rock bands, a classically trained concert pianist, a stand-up comedian, magician, photographer, and an Olympic Coach. He was a Grand Master in Taekwondo and other highly secret and mysterious martial arts. He worked with the Georgia National Guard to develop and implement a hand-to-hand combat training program at various Army bases throughout Georgia, and for many years he studied with blade expert and ancient weapons historian Hank Reinhardt. He was Managing Editor of Critical Mass SF Magazine and his award winning stories have been published in many sf/fantasy/horror magazines and anthologies worldwide. His new novella, The Emperor's Clockwork Suit can be found in the Steampunk anthology Clockwork Fairytales, from Penguin. Sleag's Quest, a six book Epic Fantasy series is available through Amazon.com. His first fully illustrated Mid-Grade series Tony and the Magic Knife is still looking for an artist who will work for free. G.K. learned conflict, tension, motivation, storytelling, and other important aspects of the writing craft from raising his two adult children. He is survived by his wife, Linda Hayes of Fayetteville; children Zachariah Hayes of Atlanta and Heather Hayes of Newnan; nephew, Jeremy Tallant and niece Jenna Colman.