5 October , 1937 – 21 November , 2018
It is with a heavy heart that we say good-bye to our mom, nonna, sister, aunt and friend, Rosalia (Nee Curalli) DeCicco. She was born in Sannicandro di Bari Italy on October 5, 1937. Mom travelled to Canada on October 4, 1958 by boat and train to follow her dreams and marry her first love Michelle DeCicco, who pre-deceased her in 1992. Family was everything to Rosalia. She was a wonderful mother to five children, Giovanni, Nicola (Linda), Domenico, Vito (Margaret) and Marianna (Rick) Dietrich. She also leaves six grandchildren whom she adored; Nicole (Malakai), Gabrielle (Ryan), Sasha (Matt), Bradan, Benjamin, and Kirstynn. Her grandchildren were the loves of her life. Before she left us she was blessed with her first great grandson Rome Gabriel, and will watch over the new great grand-baby, due to arrive in May 2019. Mom leaves behind several brothers and sisters in Italy, her oldest brother in Vancouver, BC, and many nieces and nephews. Mom worked as a house and commercial cleaner for many years before she finally accepted a job at Royal Inland Hospital. She worked at RIH for 21 years until she retired. Retirement allowed for Rose to travel to Italy several times; although some of her favourite trips were on the Greyhound to Vancouver in her special seat with her 100- pound baggage of homemade treats. Rose loved to gallivant on the city bus around Kamloops visiting her children, relatives, and friends. She had a passion for gardening, knitting and cooking, and would feed anyone who crossed her doorstep. Her baking was eagerly devoured by her grandchildren, children and anyone lucky enough to have it offered to them. Rose will be dearly missed by all those who knew her. Rose also enjoyed her volunteer work with the Little Flower Society. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Ponderosa Lodge, and to the staff at Gemstone for taking such loving care of our mom in her final years. Also special thanks to Dr. M. du Preez for her attention to mom. Those wishing to pay their respects by viewing may do so on Wednesday, November 28 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. in the Schoening Funeral Chapel, 513 Seymour Street. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday November 29, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Reverend Father Paul Simms Celebrant. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Donations to Parkinson's society of British Columbia would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.
- Visitation Wednesday, 28 November , 2018
- Funeral Mass Thursday, 29 November , 2018
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15 January 2019
My sincere condolences to the DeCicco family. Rosalia and my Mom became very good friends while working at RIH. Rose brought us into her home showing us her beautiful garden, all the amazing baking and cooking she would do and of course the beautiful sweaters she would make; I was lucky enough to receive a few of these. I've always considered Rosalia as my Italian Mom. Her family meant everything to her and she was one amazing Lady. Its been a year since I saw her last and she was happy in her new home. I will miss you Rosalia!!
10 December 2018
I worked with Rosa for many years at RIH. I always considered her another mother. She was down to earth, genuine, and caring. I have thought of her so often over the years, always with a smile, and will continue to do so. To her family, bless you and keep you strong through this difficult time. She will be missed. Love you Rosa...
26 November 2018
Rose was a special lady! I worked with her many years ago at Royal Inland Hospital. She was always hardworking, conscientious and down to earth. Rose didn’t hesitate to tell you how a job should be done. If you wanted to learn she was more than willing to teach. I feel fortunate to have known Rose and to have had a short visit with her & Gabby not so long ago. Rose had not changed a bit. She remembered me and I was grateful to see her again. Thinking of you all - Nick, Gabby and all of Rose’s family.
25 November 2018
Aunty Rose always called me Georgina!!!!!And she would yell my name on Sunday , at least 10 times. Come and set the table, go get some peas from the garden! I learned to make bread, and pasta sauce, and she made me feel like one of her own!!!!!!!She gave the best birthday party’s for Marianne and I was always made special guest!!!! She was like a mom to me, when I was 9!!!!! I will always keep her in my heart!!!!!!