Rose Jean Maggio (Pezzino) passed away with her devoted daughter Angela by her side on September 27, 2017 at the Joe Raso Hospice Center. While there, time spent with her beloved son and daughter, Joe and Frances, brought her comfort and continued to fill her final days with laughter. Her days were also brightened by visits from her son in law Hollis, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and close friend Marian Hoke. She entered hospice determined to see her 96th birthday, a goal which she met and surpassed by 10 days.
Years ago, when her health began to decline, Rose proclaimed that she hoped she would live to see her first granddaughter, Christine married. Twenty-four years ago, she danced at Christine and Bill's wedding, and then went on to dance at Matt and Debbie's, Amy and Roberto's and Nick and Kaci's. One of her biggest regrets was that she would not be there to see her granddaughter Stephanie walk down the aisle. She loved weddings so when the time came for her daughters to marry; she meticulously made their gowns by hand so they would have the dress they always wanted.
When news came that great grandchildren were on the way, she immediately broke out her knitting needles and got to work. Her ten great grandchildren were all wrapped in blankets lovingly crafted by their great grandmother. Her handiwork, now family heirlooms, will be treasured for the babies to come.
Over the past few years, the highlight of her week was her Tuesdays spent bargain shopping with Joe. Their lunches out were filled with jovial conversation and provided an opportunity for her to cheat on her diet by ordering dessert. No one brought her greater joy and laughter.
Rose was predeceased by her loving husband Joseph in 1973. They enjoyed traveling with family and exploring new places. Much to her teenagers chagrin, she always road shotgun on family road trips and it wasn't uncommon for her to have a batch of fried chicken cutlets in
tow, just in case someone got hungry. Her travels brought her to Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and across the United States.
There was no denying that Rose was a foodie. She loved to cook, read cookbooks, and of course eat. Her chicken soup could cure all ailments, and her pasta and pea soup, homemade pizza, and spedini were legendary. She would fight you for the heel of the loaf of Italian bread or last piece of chocolate. She loved whiskey sours made with Mylem and looked forward to Bill sneaking her a bourbon during family gatherings.
Rose lived the last seven years of her life under the loving care of Angela and Hollis. She continued to knit, tackle crossword
puzzles, read, and applaud the achievements of her family. A fierce competitor and a bit of a gambler, she loved playing Bingo, Scrabble, Gin Rummy, and was a fan of scratch off lottery tickets. She loved a good joke, persevered through great loss, never missed a trick, and was a fighter to the end.
Rose leaves behind her children Angela Tomaselli (Hollis), Frances Maggio, Joseph Maggio, Her grandchildren Christine Vitale (Bill), Matthew Tomaselli (Debbie), Amy Finzi (Roberto), Nicholas Bill (Kaci), and Stephanie Rose Bill. Her ten great grandchildren: Katherine, Julia and John Vitale, Elizabeth, Lucas and Leah Tomaselli, Francesca, Charlotte and Beatrice Finzi, and Evelyn Bill.