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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16 thoughts on “Rose M. Mazzeo – November 10, 2020”
The road to Heaven has met their newest Angel, Aunt Rosie. It is with a heavy broken heart 💔that I say goodbye to our dear Auntie Rosie, 105. While she is not my biological aunt, she is my best friend Joanie DeAngelo-Josso’s aunt, and through growing up next door to each other she became mine. We spent a lot time at her house down the Jersey shore, we took some trips and most of all we drove her crazy and she never complained, well she said a few things, but it all rolled off her back. She was witty and funny. At one of her 100th birthday celebrations I told her she was getting a letter from the President. She “ what am I going to do with that, I don’t want that, they’ll him to keep”. Iwe laughed, you gotta love her and her wit. She lived a good life and a lot of credit goes to her daughter Sr. Roseann Mazzeo, who took great care of her. I thank God she went peacefully in her sleep. I will always remember how absolutely unique you are and we loved you. Condolences to the entire DeAngelo and Mazzeo families . ❤️💔❤️🙏💔🙏💔. Rest In Peace.
I know that she was well loved. May she be in peace now.
I only saw Mrs mazzeo a few times ! Sr Roseann would send pictures of her to us & I would send them to our family! I remember her smiles so radiant & she looked so young at 100 years !
She had a wonderful life full of family
Memories ! She is now with her family in heaven.
To Heaven’s Feistiest Angel: Our dear Auntie Rosie — you were loved by so many people and were a role model for us all. You were always a fighter and pulled yourself up when it looked at though life had you down. You were my mom’s best friend and I will always treasure your visits to our house when we were growing up. We all looked forward to your next visit — even Gigi — she absolutely loved you! I will always remember your wit, but most of all your love of family. We will all miss you, but rest assured we will always have a smile on our face when we mention your name. Rest in peace, Auntie Rosie, we will miss you. I love you so much — Joanie.
Rest In Peace Aunt Rose. I will always remember your laugh and fun we had while I was growing up. You and Grandma certainly told your stories and my fondest memories were when we would sleep over and I would get up in the mornings to you and grandma laughing it up over coffee with tears running down your faces. Rest easy and give mom and Grandma a great big hug for me. We Love you Auntie. ❤️
Rest in peace Aunt Rose. I will always smile with the memories I have and I can still hear you and my Mom laughing and talking about the old TV shows you both watched. Love you.
Rest in peace auntie. I will always remember all the stories and all of the holidays we spent with you and grandma and my mom. You were an angel here on earth and now you are an angel up in heaven please say hi to my mom and grandma. For and always loved and missed. Love always Steven
105 ! Wow – Rest in Pease –
Sympathy to Roseann,
Auntie, you have been a bright light in our lives for so many years. No one can compare to your love for family, happiness for life and a consistent positive attitude every single time anyone of us have been in your presence. We wish you eternal peace and you will be greatly missed. What a blessing to have had you on earth for 105 years. Now you show those angels your festive earrings that we always looked forward in seeing each holiday. All our love, Peter, Donna, Thomas, Danielle, Matthew XXXXX00000
We lost an Icon to our family today with the passing of our Auntie Rosie she was a part of a generation that my family and I will never forget, watching her and our close knit family through the years showed us what life was suppose to be like, that included Love, Hard Work and Resilience Auntie Rosie always had a smile for people, she will always be remembered in our hearts. Auntie we will miss your beautiful birthday parties because God knows you had a lot. I can just see you Uncle Frankie, your sisters and brothers, your niece Linda and nephew Terry sitting at a big table celebrating your arriving to Heaven because our family celebrated everything. you always held a special place in my heart as my Godmother Love you for Forever Theresa Ann
Dear Aunt Rose, funny, feisty, witty. Such great memories I have of you at all of our family gatherings through the years. You were the last of my Dad’s generation & now that link is gone forever. Sadness from that loss, but joy at having known you, loved you, & been loved by you. Condolences to my cousin Sister Roseann & also to the DeAngelo family.
Auntie Rosie had such a great passion for her loved ones, and she was beloved by every one of us as well. I remember the pizza with mussels dinners, the turkey neck on Thanksgiving, “gambling” with Pokeno and cards, the can-can with grandma, and the great joy that was embodied in her laughter and her warm eyes. To mind come all the ways she and grandma were best friends who thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company, even when joking with each other about alleged cheating in games.
It was a blessing to have Auntie Rosie in my life. She was the last survivor of a generation, able to pass down entertaining stories of her siblings, her parents, and her extended family. Mom truly loved Auntie Rosie, and she found much joy being with Auntie Rosie while at St. Anne’s. I know that, wherever they are, Mom, Auntie Rosie, and Grandma are at peace together.
Auntie Rosie, who saw so much of history, taught us all about the meaning of and warmth that comes from joy, love, and a life well lived. We carry these lessons forward and pass them on always.
Our condolences, Roseann. Your Mom was an inspiration to us all. May happy memories sustain you at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Roseann once described her Mom as the Mayor of Milton Avenue an observation that so captured how engaged Rose was in her community. I will remember her delightful smile and how much she loved Roseann and the entire DeAngelo/Mazzeo family. May Rose now rest in peace. With sympathy.
Roseann, What a great tribute to your mother, Rose; she lived a wonderful life! Prayers for you and your family.
Our deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of such a special and kind person. She always greeted everyone with a smile and a kind word, what a plentiful life! Thank you for sharing her with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, may all the memories you have of her keep you comfort during these difficult days.