Rose R. Paras

October 2, 1922June 10, 2013

Rose Rita Paras

Rose Rita Paras was born October 23, 1922, to Joseph and Rose M. Doria in Bayonne, New Jersey. At age 18 months she moved to Staten Island, New York where she grew up. Rose graduated from Curtis High School in January, 1940, then Staten Island Hospital School of Nursing in September, 1943 as a registered nurse. She joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in October, 1944, as a second lieutenant. She served in the United States and Europe from 1944 to 1946, and was promoted to first lieutenant while serving on a hospital train in Europe. After the war, Rose did postgraduate work at Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in Jersey City, NJ, New York University and Marymount College. On September 6, 1948, Rose married Bruno Albert Paras, son of John and Aniela Paras of Staten Island, NY. They lived in Oswego, New York while Bruno attended college, then moved to Arlington, Virginia in 1951, where Bruno had a long career as an industrial arts teacher. While in Virginia, Rose worked for the Arlington, Virginia Nurse Association, and Arlington Public Schools as a nurse. She then worked for the Head Start program for ten years, and as an occupational health nurse with the U.S. Postal Service, until her retirement in 1980, when she and Bruno moved to Port Charlotte, Florida. Rose had a very active retirement life in Port Charlotte, belonging to the Women’s Overseas League, the Veterans Council, Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, Catholic Council of Women, Senior Friends, and many other retirement organizations. She was also a founding member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Murdoch, Florida, where she was founder of the Women’s Guild. Rose is survived by her two children, three grandchildren, brother Joseph J. Doria, and sister Beatrice Doria. Her son Charles E. Paras resides in La Plata, Maryland with his wife Peggy Wells Paras, and their children Gustin Paras and Samuel Paras. Her daughter Patricia A. Williams, her husband Charles L. Williams, and their daughter Nicole C. Williams live in Alexandria, Virginia. A visitation is scheduled for June 17, 6-8PM at Murphy’s Funeral Home in Arlington. A funeral mass will be June 18, 9:30AM at St. Ann Catholic Church, 5300 N. 10th Street, Arlington, VA 22205. Interment will follow at Quantico National Cemetery at 12:00PM, and a reception at Belle Haven Country Club at 1:30PM. In lieu of flowers, Rose asked that donations be made in her name to St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 1441 Spear Street, Port Charlotte, FL 33948.


  • Funeral Tuesday, June 18, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, June 17, 2013

Rose R. Paras

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June 15, 2013

I remember Rose with great affection. She was a faithful member of St. Max when I was sent to begin the journey. Rose served on the first Parish Council and was the first President of the CCW. I am grateful for her encouragement and support, and willingness to laugh. God grant her peace, Fr. Mark Heuberger

Tina Levina

June 15, 2013

May the Father of tender mercies be with you as you struggle to cope with your loss.