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Rosary maker claims a divine gift is her driving force

April 17, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At age 92, Agnes (Fedorisin) Siragusa has not missed a beat in constructing beautiful Rosaries that she gives out to anyone who does not have one. She claims it is "a gift from God" that enables her to keep going as her creations are sent around the globe.

Siragusa's story goes back to an earlier time when she served as school secretary at Chaney High School. She developed carpal tunnel syndrome and had to take retirement. In order to keep her mind and hands active, she took up needle work, then started making Rosaries after she joined a Rosary group at a chapel on Bella Vista Avenue on the West Side.

In the beginning, the Rosary group provided all the supplies for the Rosaries, then later Siragusa began purchasing the supplies on her own.

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Agnes (Fedorisin) Siragusa has been making Rosaries that have been sent all over the world. She resides at the Windsor House in Canfield, but has never stopped making them. At age 92, she estimates over 70,000 have been made and given away.

In 1990, Siragusa joined the St. Charles Parish where she made "Angel" baby dolls that were given to every child baptized at the parish.

In 2013 she fell and broke her hip and since that time, her son Jerry Fedorisin pitched in to supply Siragusa with everything she needs. He does it via mail since he resides in Michigan.

"He also buys spools of cord, cuts them to length and dips the ends in polyurethane before sending them to me," Siragusa said. "The stiff ends make it easier for me to string the beads."

Today, at age 92, Siragusa continues her tradition and she has help in getting them sent to those who don't have one. Eucharistic Minister Joyce Sutton visits Windsor House every week and meets with a group that takes part in saying the Rosary. Of course, everyone in the group is sure to have a Rosary.

"I have been helping Agnes by sending them to the Bronx in New York City," Sutton said. "They go to the Missionaries of Charity, a group founded by Mother Theresa."

She the sisters send the Rosaries wherever they are need. One of Siragusa's latest batch will be headed to India this month. There was also a request for Rosaries made with black beads for inmates at a New York prison.

"It is a gift given to me by God," Siragusa said.

As for the future, Siragusa plans to continue her mission of making Rosaries. She also keeps active by doing puzzles when she is not making Rosaries.

"It is very important for her to be active and busy," said Windsor House activities director Sue Molnar. "It is good physically and mentally and Agnes does keeps busy. She gave every person here a Rosary. She has been such a blessing."



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