Rose M. Mazzeo (nee DeAngelo), 105, of Jersey City, passed away on November 10, 2020.
Born to Angela and Antonio DeAngelo on January 16, 1915 in Staten Island, Rose’s childhood found her family settled in Jersey City, NJ in St. Lucy’s parish. Rose lived in Jersey City, Hamilton Park and the Heights, most of her life, close to her two sisters and her brother and sister-in-law and their families. The importance of Family in the Italian tradition was instilled at an early age among siblings and cousins. Birthday parties, holiday meals together, card games, trips to Arcola Pool with a Sunday dinner of pasta, meatballs and gravy, were enjoyed by all.
As an adult she worked locally including time at June Dairy. Rose and her sisters had many good friends with whom they worked and socialized from the neighborhood. She married Frank Mazzeo and they started their life together. Their daughter, Roseann, completed the family as they resided in the Hamilton Park section of Jersey City, St. Michael’s parish. Rose always loved to walk, and could be seen walking to and from Central Avenue while in her 90’s. She never drove a car and this no doubt added to her longevity.
Rose and her beloved Frank moved to Pt. Pleasant in 1970 to their pre-retirement home and were soon followed by sister Phyllis and Mike. Frank’s sudden death in 1972 at age 57 shocked Rose and the entire family. She remained in Pt. Pleasant until her sister also died, at which time she decided to return to north Jersey to be near her daughter and family.
Although Rose never traveled outside the U.S., she often recounted she only had to go to the corner store or for one of her walks to experience the wonderful diversity in our midst. Her resilience and her openness as she aged was remarkable to her family and neighbors. She was a fixture on Milton Avenue, a smile and a wave from the window for the kids coming to and from school and a regular visitor to the corner store. “It takes a village” often relates to children, it can also apply to senior adults for whom the essential socialization and care is effected through the daily contacts with neighbors, storekeepers, mail carriers, etc. Rose continued to enrich her life and others by what she gave and received through these contacts.
In 2012 Rose became a resident of St. Ann’s Home (now Peace Care St. Ann). For Rose’s family it was reassuring to know that she was safe and well-cared for as she adapted to her new home and retained her friendly personality in relating to her caregivers and other residents. What began as small birthday celebrations for “Auntie Rosie” took on greater import with her 100th, 101st, 02nd, 03rd, 04th and 105th birthday in 2020. These celebrations served to enliven the spirit of family among the oldest and youngest members and friends. How blessed we are by Rose’s presence in our lives and in our hearts.
Rose joins her beloved family in God’s peaceful embrace, including her beloved husband Frank, her dear parents, her siblings Louis (and Susan) James, Phyllis (and Michael) Lena (and Frank), Elizabeth, Anthony (and Eleanor), her nephew, Terance Navarra, her niece, Linda DeAngelo-Kelley, and numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Rose’s memory will be honored by her beloved daughter, Roseann, and three generations of cherished nieces, nephews, grands, and great-grands.
In lieu of flowers, the Family suggests donations to Peace Care St. Ann, 198 Old Bergen Road, Jersey City, NJ 07305.
Visitation for Rose will be on Friday, November 13, 2020 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Lawton-Turso Funeral Home in Hoboken (633 Washington Street, corner of Washington and Seventh, parking on Seventh). A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Hoboken (corner of Third and Jefferson Streets).
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