Rose Gillio Enrione, who immigrated from Italy with her mother in 1928 and ran the Holiday Acres Motel on Montauk Highway in East Hampton for many years, died of pneumonia on May 18 at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. She was 90.
She was born on Dec. 29, 1920, in the Northern Italian province of Turin, the daughter of Battista Gillio and the former Maria Chiala. She came to the United States with her mother in July of 1928 to join her father, who had settled in Worcester, Mass. There she went to school to learn secretarial skills.
During World War II she worked as a stenographer in the surgeon general’s office in Washington, D.C. On April 22, 1946, she married Peter Enrione, whom she’d met in Washington. The next year, the couple moved to New York City, where Mr. Enrione worked as a waiter in a number of the city’s prestigious eateries, including the 21 Club. He died in 1993.
Mrs. Enrione is survived by two daughters, Barbara Straniero of Pompton Plains, N.J., and Norine Enrione of Brooklyn.
In 1965, Mr. and Mrs. Enrione moved to East Hampton, where they built and operated the Holiday Acres. Mrs. Enrione retired in 1976, after which she volunteered at Guild Hall and at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening, gourmet cooking, Italian culture, and travel.
She leaves a brother, John Gillio of Worcester, and four grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at Most Holy Trinity on May 23. The Rev. David C. Parsons officiated. Burial followed at Mount St. Mary Cemetery in Flushing, Queens. Memorial contributions were suggested to the Heart Disease Research Foundation, 50 Court Street, Brooklyn 11201, or the Arthritis Foundation, 122 East 42nd Street, First Floor, New York City 10168-1899.