OBITUARY

Rosina Maria Newhouse

April 15, 1927June 7, 2019
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Rosina Maria Marinelli Newhouse, 92, passed peacefully on Friday, June 7, 2019 at her home in Amarillo, Texas with her children and loved ones surrounding her as she transitioned to spend eternity with her Heavenly Father.

Rosina’s life will be celebrated and remembered with visitation on Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm with Rosary being said from 3pm to 4pm; and an informal visitation taking place from 4pm to 5pm in the Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Director’s Pioneer Chapel, 5400 Bell Avenue in Amarillo. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 10am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 4122 S. Bonham in Amarillo. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Rosina was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. She devoted herself to loving and serving her family. Rosina was known for her delicious home cooking, frugal household management and unwavering love and care for her loved ones. She enjoyed trips to Italy to spend time with family and friends over the years and was always up to ‘one more trip’. She also worked as a caregiver for many children over the years and worked as an agent of the ENP (Expanded Nutrition Program). Amazingly, Rosina taught herself how to read and write the English language. She possessed a strong entrepreneurial spirit and was quite successful at buying and selling real estate properties and managing rental properties. Rosina had a glorious and outspoken faith in her Heavenly Father and The Lord Jesus Christ. Rosina was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was an active member of the church for nearly 60 years.

Mrs. Newhouse was born on April 15, 1927 in Volturare, Italy the daughter of Stefano Marinelli and Maria Rosaria De Vita Marinelli. As a young girl, she struggled through the challenges of the worldwide depression, the ravages of a Nazi occupied Italy and dreamed of one day, with her young son, of living in America. That dream became a reality when she met and married an Army Air Corps Sergeant. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Karl Newhouse on December 19, 1953 in Foggia, Italy. He preceded her in death March 4, 1994. They were married for 40 years.

She is survived by her children and their spouses; David Newhouse and spouse Patricia Newhouse, Melissa, Texas; Veronica Meloni of the home; Barbara Crawford and spouse Michael Crawford , Katy, Texas; John Newhouse and spouse Emily Newhouse, North Richland Hills, Texas, Anna Newhouse of the home, Michael Newhouse and spouse Beverly Newhouse, Houston, Texas and Anthony Newhouse of the home, 16 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, 13 greatgrandchildren, 3 step greatgrandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and 1 step great-great grandchild, her sister Maria Meloni of Foggia, Italy, her niece Rosetta Sampieri of Foggia, Italy, and nephew Carlo Meloni of Denver, Colorado.In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her son Americo Newhouse, 1996, her sister Alfonsa Marinelli, 1959, and nephew Alessandro Meloni, 1997.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church Building Debt, 4122 S. Bonham St, Amarillo, TX 79110.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • David Newhouse
  • John Newhouse
  • Michael Newhouse
  • Jeremy Newhouse
  • Josh Newhouse
  • Anthony Newhouse
  • Nate Newhouse
  • Mike Crawford
  • John Pollard, Honorary Bearer
  • Jonathan Newhouse, Honorary Bearer
  • Eric Dobbins, Honorary Bearer
  • Kenneth Newhouse, Honorary Bearer
  • Michael L. Newhouse, Honorary Bearer
  • Chase Spridgeon, Honorary Bearer

Services

  • Public Visitation Sunday, June 9, 2019
  • Rosary Sunday, June 9, 2019
  • Informal Visitation Sunday, June 9, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, June 10, 2019

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Carla Gibson

June 8, 2019

Dear Annie and family,

We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, and wanted to express our deepest sympathy.

My favorite memories of Rosina are of her cooking wonderful home-made Italian food for friends and family. She was like a second mother to me sometimes. I also remember her beautiful, warm smile and sense of humor, which always made us feel right at home. She taught us to be proud of our Italian heritage, and to embrace a deep faith in God. She will be dearly missed.

Sending our love & prayers,
Carla (Walker) Gibson & family

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Biography

      When Rosina Maria Newhouse walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Rosina was and how she impacted those around her. Rosina was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Rosina wanted to share all of her experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Rosina was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Rosina was born on April 15, 1927 at the family home in Volturara Appula, Italy in Pulgia, Italy. She was the daughter of Stefano and Rosaria DeVita Marinelli. Rosina was raised in Volturara Appula, Italy. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Rosina might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Rosina was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Rosina was raised with three siblings. She had an older sister, Maria, and a younger sister, Fontina. Rosina was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Rosina was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Rosina well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      As a young girl, Rosina was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew her into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Rosina was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with her peers. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Rosina took part in hopscotch, Italian Style, and working farms. She was a member of the catholic church. In her spare time she liked long walks on the Italian Countryside, picking berries, playing card games, scopa, and LaBarca. Rosina's memorable achievements included raising her baby sister and surviving the depression and nazi occupied, world war 2 Italy. Rosina had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity she and the many childhood friends she shared might discover.

      During her high school years, Rosina responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. Rosina was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Rosina absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Rosina, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Rosina a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Rosina was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Rosina was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were her sisters Maria and Fontina. Later in life, she became friends with Clara and Bill Walker, Jean and John Johnson, Charlene and Ed Benhouse, Jean and Jim Heisler, and Bobbie Handley.

      On December 19, 1953 Rosina married Kenneth Karl Newhouse at Saint Ann Church of Foggia, Italy. Rosina's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Kenneth's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Rosina was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Rosina was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Rosina, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Newhouse home. Rosina's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Rosina was blessed with eight children: five sons, Rico, David, John, Michael, and Anthony; and three daughters, Veronica, Barbara, and Anna. They were also blessed with sixteen grandchildren, Amanda, Jeremy, Melanie, Kenneth, Michael, Angela, Rachel, Chase, Eric, Sarah, Josh, Jonathan, Lexi, Michela, Nate, and Jessica.

      Rosina was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was a homemaker. She was employed for herself, buying and managing rental properties, and worked for expanded nutrition programs for a number of years. Rosina was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Rosina had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Rosina's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

       Rosina saw action for World War II, not as a military person, but a caregiver. Her fellow soldiers could count on her for being able to make adjustments to any situation as needed.

      Because Rosina loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were Canasta, Knittin, Cooking, Sewing, Canning, and Playin Dice. Rosina had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Rosina's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Rosina derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. Her charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. Recreational sports included swimming, mini golf, and badmitton. Rosina was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were all sports her children played, she literally never missed a game.

      Because Rosina was constantly in the center of things and where the action was, she always seemed willing to join in and help, regularly getting involved in community activities. Rosina's gift of planning and improvisation, along with a talent for rallying support, made her a great asset. Rosina found new ways of getting things done in order to help make just about every activity more efficient and enjoyable. Rosina was an active member of several community groups, serving on committees for the Altar Society. Politically, Rosina was Conservative and Profile Advocate.

      Rosina was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church since 1958. During that time, she was a member of the Altar and Fundraiser Society. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

      Though she never did anything solely for individual recognition, Rosina's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and selflessness, earned her accolades for her many lifelong efforts. Some of her most prestigious awards included recognition from ENP for outstanding service, and Best Mom Award every year as voted by her children.

      Rosina's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Rosina took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included trips to her home country of Italy, and the nature retreat to Pecos, NM.

      Rosina was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Peppy, a Chiuahua, and and Rosie, the mutt dog, was a best friend for 10 years. Her family was rounded out by her cat named Romero.

      Rosina Newhouse passed away on June 7, 2019 at her home in Amarillo, TX. Rosina was called home at the ripe old age of 92, after living a very full life. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and many loving friends and family. Services were held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Rosina was laid to rest in Memory Gardens Cemetery Mausoleum.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Rosina. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Rosina Newhouse for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Rosina was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.