Rosetta Roti

September 19, 1945June 9, 2018
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Passed away at Christ Medical Centre on Saturday, June 9th, 2018, in her 72nd year. Beloved wife of the late Vincenzo. Loved mother of MaryRose (Jim Rygula), Dominic (Romina), Frances (Frank Braccia) and Anthony. Cherished grandmother to Vincent, Joseph, Michael, Anthony, Emilie, Francesca, Domenico, Vincenzo, Antonio, Marco and Gabriella. Dear Sister of James, Theresa, Antoinette, Elizabeth, Late Anthony, Sam, Frank, Rita and Cathy. Resting at the Courtice Funeral Chapel, 1587 Highway 2, Courtice, (905-432-8484), with visitation on Monday, June 18th, 2018 from 2–4 pm and 6-9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church (3800 Courtice Rd., Courtice, ON) on Tuesday, June 19th at 11:30 am. Donations may be made to Sick Kids Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be placed at


  • Visitation Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rosetta Roti

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Laura & Leo Pinto

June 18, 2018

We are very sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Condolences to all of you at this very difficult time. May she rest in peace.

Laura and Leo Pinto

Roseann Gurgone

June 16, 2018

Mary rose, Franny, Mico and Anthony, sorry to hear of your moms passing! Many memories of both hear and your dad, may they Rest In Peace with all your loving memories!



To Rosetta Roti, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Rosetta, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Rosetta really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

Rosetta was born on September 19, 1945 at home in Simbario, Italy. Her parents were Frances and Domenico Roti. Rosetta was raised in Italy, France, and the United States. Even as a child, Rosetta had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

Always a good playmate, Rosetta was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Rosetta managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Rosetta was raised with nine siblings: Older brother James, and younger sisters and brothers, Theresa, Antoinette, Elizabeth, Rita, and Cathy, Anthony, Sammy, and Frank.

All of Rosetta's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Rosetta experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. In her spare time she liked cooking and sewing.

Ask anyone who knew her from school and they would tell you that Rosetta was a class sweetheart. It could be said that for Rosetta, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Rosetta's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Rosetta graduated from Saint Mary of Perpetual Help School in 1964. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was home economics and business.

Rosetta never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Rosetta to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Rosetta delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Rosetta was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Rosetta utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of her best friends were Mickey Rose, Carol and Joann. Later in life, she became friends with Martha and Cathy. Rosetta loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Rosetta very easy to approach. On July 3, 1965 Rosetta exchanged wedding vows with Vincenzo, her first boyfriend and true love at St. Mary Incoronata Church of Chicago, Illinois. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

Perhaps the reason Rosetta related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Rosetta was blessed with four children, Mary Rose, Dominic, Frances and Anthony. They were also blessed with eleven grandchildren, Vincent, Joseph, Michael, Anthony, Emilie, Francesca, Domenico, Vincenzo, Antonio, Marco and Gabriella. Rosetta had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Rosetta's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Rosetta had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

At work, as in life, Rosetta was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Rosetta liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Rosetta was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Rosetta's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Rosetta as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was full time mom. She was employed for four years at a bank and also owned her own restaurant.

Rosetta enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Rosetta liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were cooking, sewing, and crocheting. She loved entertaining. Rosetta was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

Rosetta felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if she wasn’t the best, Rosetta loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Rosetta relished the opportunities where she could make an impact, and she would often push herself to play above her abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Rosetta never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict.

Recreational sports included bowling and bocce ball. Rosetta was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity.

Rosetta had an endless appetite for new and different activities. She was always ready to join in the fun and add her flair and energy to an organization. Because of her personality, her humor, and her ability to get along with everyone, Rosetta's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which she belonged. In high school, Rosetta was a member of the cooking club and the sewing club. Throughout her later years, Rosetta was an active member of the Legion of Mary at St. Therese Church. Volunteering at St. George - she belonged to the St. George Woman's club.

Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Rosetta recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of St. George in Chicago for 18 years, and St. Therese for 26 years. During the time she was at the Legion of Mary, she would bring communion to shut-ins, or visit local Catholic Schools to help the children make rosaries for their Communion.

Rosetta enjoyed visiting family and spiritual places. Some of Rosetta’s favorite vacations included Florida to visit her parents and also Chicago to visit her daughter and son-in-law and grandchildren.

Rosetta was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Rosetta's favorites was Rocky her German Shepherd dog. They were best friends for about 17 years. Her family was rounded out by her cats on the farm.

Rosetta believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. With her boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Rosetta remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, she found new pleasure in staying active in the church and helping her family. Even in retirement, Rosetta continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

Rosetta passed away on June 9, 2018 at Christ Advocate Hospital of cardiac arrest. She is survived by her children Mary Rose, Dominic, Frances and Anthony. Her grandchildren Vincent, Joseph, Michael, Anthony, Emilie, Francesca, Domenico, Vincenzo, Antonio, Marco and Gabriella. Services were held at St. Therese Church. Rosetta was laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery in Whitby.

Rosetta brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Rosetta Roti lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.