Rose M. (Distefano) Saitta
October 17, 1924 – September 30, 2021
Rose passed away peacefully surrounded by family on September 30, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Antonino and Marianna Distefano; beloved husband, Nunzio; son, Michael; daughter-in-law, Jeanene; and son-in-law, Walter Hason, Jr.; siblings: Mary Anderson, Tina Caniglia, Fina Smith, Carl Distefano, and Litzo Distefano. She is survived by son, Jim; daughters, Rosemary Hason and Nancy (Richard) Lustgraaf; and sister, Jo Olson. Rose is also survived by nine grandchildren: Patricia Swanson, Bethany Graham (Richard), James Saitta (Mande), Traci Saitta, Jonathan Saitta, Joe Saitta, Jennifer Saitta Seals (John), Matthew Vavra (Marissa), and Sarah Hebda (David); fifteen great-grandchildren: Jake, Jennifer (Austin), Maddie (Levi), TJ, Katie, Abbie, Olivia, Natalee, Tate, Faith, Maddon, Mavrik, Haddie, Hudson, and Hayes; and one great-great-grandchild, Jenna.
The family will receive friends on Monday, October 4th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. SERVICES: Tuesday, October 5th, 9:15am West Center Chapel to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2110 S. 32nd Ave., for MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10am. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. Memorials will be directed by the family.
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Rose always brought smiles. A wonderful person and a beautiful soul. ❤️
We would like to express our sorrow and condolences to Rose’s family. It was truly a blessing to have her in our lives as mom’s (Josephine Sambasile Keldgord Salvo) lifelong friend and as my (Tim’s) Godmother. We hope the precious memories will comfort you through this challenging time.
Thank you for your kind words. My Mom loved you all so much!
We would like to express our sorrow and condolences to Rose’s family. She was a beautiful woman inside and out. It was truly a blessing to have her in our lives as mom’s (Josephine Sambasile Keldgord Salvo) lifelong friend and as my (Tim’s) Godmother. We hope the precious memories will comfort you through this challenging time.
Such a Sweet person-got to know your mom when she was working a Vital Stats on 50th Street (the old fire station) WE were both Much younger! Rose was such a great person. Got reacquainted in later years thru my work at Heafeys–she hadn’t changed was still so outgoing–such a dear person. We had so ,many great conversations! Our thoughts and prayers to you. Will always remember how gracious your mom was.
a huge spark of life! I will miss your wonderful humor ! tell Litzo i said hi!
Dear Family, I am so very sorry to learn of Rosie’s passing. I have so many wonderful memories of Rosie. Being her hairdresser for several years, she did teach me a few things about life. And told me lots of good stories. I will always remember how generous, kind, and most of all, loving, she always was to me. My sincerest sympathies to all of the family. Heaven surely is going to be a lot more lively, now that Rosie is there with Jesus and all her Heavenly family. Love and Prayers, Michaelanne Pagan
Thank you Michaelanne. Nonny was a beautiful person and touched so many lives. I know she had a lot of fun with you. Take cate
Rest in peace, Rose.
To the Family of Rosie Saitta – I was so sorry to have learned about the passing of Rosie. She was such a dear and sweet soul. I had the pleasure of getting to know her and her husband Nunzio through the American Italian Heritage Society. They were wonderful people and a lovely couple. We had been AIHS folk dancers for a time and what fun and great memories that we shared! I can remember seeing Rosie and her sisters dance at some of our functions and boy, could they ever dance! God bless you Rosie, you were loved by so many, your most kind and fun loving spirit. May God bless and comfort the family during this most difficult time. In Christian Love and Deepest Sympathy – Judy Buono