Friends of the Interfaith Center

Rose and Joseph Denaro (Circa 1958)
"They instilled in their children an intense compassion for people."

A lifelong resident of Rochester, New York, Joseph is a retired Rochester City Firefighter who was a charter organizer of the Rochester Firefighters Union. As an inventor, business owner and linguist, Joseph was affectionately referred to as The Renaissance Man of the Rochester Community. In his youth, Joseph was a star basketball player at East High School, receiving numerous awards for athletics, sportsmanship, and academic study. He and Rose, his wife of 70 years, met at the University of Rochester. A stellar husband, father, role model, religious man and community leader, Joseph devoted his life to his family. With hard work and a strong scholarly ethic, Joseph and Rose prepared their three sons and daughter for leadership positions in business, law, and the education profession.

Born in Berlin, New Hampshire, Rose became a life-long resident of Rochester, New York. A community volunteer, Rose held numerous board and leadership positions: The Council of Social Agencies Board, Co-Founder and officer of the St. Andrews Seminary Parents Association and Director of the Merimac Club for Singles.

In the 1960's Rose served as Chairperson of two, consecutive, Catholic Youth Organization drives; breaking all records for the then, twenty-eight year history of the Rochester CYO. The late Monsignor Arthur Ratigan, former Director of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, praised her dedication for "increasing financial support through the CYO campaigns; enabling the expansion of the CYO facilities and programs; making moral and recreational benefits more available for girls and boys in the Rochester area".

Interviewed frequently on Rochester television, Rose was also featured in the late Bill Beeney's D&C column for balancing her role as wife, mother and professional while Associate Director and Registrar of the Hochstein Memorial Music School on Holtzer Street. In addition, until the early 1990's Rose was a dedicated equestrian, earning numerous ribbons for her equitation.


Rose & Joseph Denaro

Dr. Esther Denaro Maltese
Founder and President
The Interfaith Center

Gregory C. Denaro, Esq.
Private Practice
Miami, Florida

Joseph G. Denaro
Retired Vice President
Fortune 500 Companies

Simon Braitman
Holocaust Survivor
Simcona Electronics, Inc.

Jean Carroll
President & CEO
YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County

Jane Chase
Coordinator, Independent Living Services
Regional Center for Independent Living

Dr. Allan O'Grady Cuseo
Religious Brother, Mercy of God Community

Dr. Sharon Dobkin
Professor of Psychology
Monroe Community College
Founder and Former Director
Holocaust Genocide Studies Project

Honorable Christopher Enos, Esq.
Private Practice
Rochester, New York

Honorable Joseph Errigo
Former New York State Assembly

Dr. Dea Gasbarre
Education Consultant

Nancy M. Huppert
Past President, Sister Cities International
Global Envoy

Honorable William A. Johnson Jr.
Former Mayor, City of Rochester
Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology


Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff
Director, Holocaust Memorial
Miami Beach, Florida

Honorable David Koon
Former New York State Assembly

Honorable Joseph Morelle
New York State Assembly

Dr. Frank Oliveri
Founder, Courage Italia Project

Honorable Joseph Robach
New York State Senate

Honorable David W. Schantz
Former Supervisor, Town of Irondequoit

John Schmitt
Retired VP Finance
Genesee Survey Services, Inc.

Jody Siegle
Executive Director, Monroe County
School Board Association

Honorable Louise Slaughter
United States House of Representatives

Claire Subar
Holocaust Survivor
Cultural Diversity Specialist
Private Practice

Robert Ulliman
Rochester City School District

Gaynelle Wethers
Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Nazareth College

Reverend J. Paul Womack
Former President, Interfaith Alliance

Sylvia Wygoda
Ex-Officio, Executive Director
Commission on the Holocaust
Atlanta, Georgia

In Memoriam

Departed friends who believed in the Interfaith Center Mission.

Dr. Katherine Keough
St. John Fisher College

Sister Marie Bernard Kinsella, SSJ
Teacher, Administrator, Mentor
Diocese of Rochester


Anna Suss Paull 
Holocaust Survivor, Educator,
Lecturer and Author