Rosalie Marie Alberico

1914 - 2017

  • 102 years old
  • Date of birth:  September 26th, 1914
  • Place of birth:  New York, United States
  • Date of passing:  May 28th, 2017
  • Place of passing:  San Jose, California, United States

Rosalie “Rose” Marie Guinta was born in Brooklyn, NY to loving parents who immigrated to the US from Italy and raised Rose and her 4 siblings.   Rose married Raymond Alberico and raised 4 children:  Dolores Fales, Salvatore Alberico (deceased), Linda Spears and John Alberico. She trained as a seamstress and milliner, sewing many of their clothing items and home furnishings; she was very creative and also painted and wallpapered their home beautifully.  Rose was PTA president while raising her children and later worked in the high school teacher’s cafeteria.

Rose was a devout Catholic and was faithful to her prayer and Sunday worship. She made certain to eat right and "exercised with Jack La Lanne."  She walked rigorously and took public transportation most everywhere - she never drove or obtained a driver’s license. Rose could be seen regularly walking, at times with bags from her shopping outings. 

Rose and Raymond were a wonderful couple as parents, grandparents and kind people - until Raymond passed unexpectedly at 64 years of age, followed by Linda’s Baby Rose at 4 years of age.   About 12 years later, Rose’s son Sal would pass away.  

Over the years, Rose enjoyed her friends and the fun times she spent with her daughter-in-law Josephine and granddaughters Lisa and Theresa, and their respective families.

In 1997, after 82 years of living among relatives and friends in Brooklyn, Rose decided to move to California.  This was a huge change as she moved into an apartment in Wesley Manor in Campbell, CA, near her daughter Dolores and family and continued to live autonomously for about 15 years.  Again, she could be seen walking miles to the grocery store, thrift stores, visiting family, to and from church, etc.  As on the East Coast, she continued to love the beach, the sun and swimming, being outdoors.  She was creative and talented, amazing family and friends with gifts of beaded jewelry, crocheted scarves, and graciously altering/repairing clothing for others.  

At the age of 98, Rose broke her ankle in a “skiing accident” as she liked to tell people.  The doctors explained someone her age would have a tough time gaining their independence after surgery and wanted her to prepare for some major life changes. They did not know Rose!  Within a few days of surgery, and after about a week of rehab she was sent home to recover, and that she did.

Rose later moved in with Dolores.  She spent countless hours with family and friends.  Grandma Rose had a special relationship with each family member, especially her grandchildren – they all adored her, sending her cards, photos and drawings to light up her days.  

In Rose’s later years, daughter Dolores was her loving roommate and primary caregiver.  Dolores said this time with Rose was a blessing – getting to know Rose well beyond what their relationship had been in their earlier years as young child/daughter.  They became a pair and were known as “The White Hairs” by some.  Rose had so much love and respect for Dolores – she knew what a gift their time together was as well.  Granddaughter Nancy Stenstrom and her family provided an incredible extension of care and loving companionship that included one of Rose's “best friends”, great-granddaughter Tory.  Tory seemed to have a telepathic relationship with Rose, it was so indulgent and special.  Grandma enjoyed the time with Tory and her nieces - doing different crafts, having her nails painted, swimming, laughing and giggling, talking about everything/anything, etc.  Family enjoyed spending quality time with Rose and Dolores, taking them out on excursions, vacations, enjoying holidays or celebrations, ball games, meals, playing games, or simply visiting and talking while enjoying a chocolate/sweet treat with Rose.   Rose loved parties and celebrations, chocolate and sweets.  She loved to laugh.  SHE LOVED HER FAMILY!

Rose enjoyed keeping up with family and friends.  A card, photo, note or phone call from distant loved ones would make her so happy.  She would re-read notes and look at the photos many times over with a grin or smile on her face.  She loved hearing about everyone’s activities and knowing people she loved and cared for were in good health and thriving.  Rose's smiling eyes especially lit up around children - she loved them.  In a way, they kept her young, and laughing!  She could laugh and giggle better than anyone!  

Rose enjoyed her friends at Wesley Manor and St. Lucy’s for many happy years, and then regularly saw friends at Live Oak Adult Day Services Center in Los Gatos and at the Los Gatos Senior Center.  She enjoyed the activities, crafts and friends she made over the years.

The love of her family and friends was immense.  Even in her last few days of life, there were dozens of family and friends at the hospital with her in body; many, many more in spirit sharing their love for her through phone calls and messages – she was loved so much!  Granddaughters (Nancy, Carole, Marlene) stayed with her several nights before she passed.  In addition, several great granddaughters had a sleepover in Rose’s hospital room the night before she passed so she was not alone – time with her was precious!  

We will all miss her touch, her smile, her laugh, her sense of humor – our own special bonds and relationships with this one of a kind woman – but she certainly will never be forgotten.  She is in each of us in some way – she touched at least 7 generations of her family including her parents, grandparents, siblings, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren!  

So long for now our Sweet Rose, Mom/Ma, Grandma Rose/Rae, Great Grandma Rose, Great-Great Grandma Rose – We have been so blessed to have you in our lives!

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