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RosaLee Barcelona

February 29, 1928February 15, 2021
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RosaLee Long Barcelona of Bryan, Texas passed away Monday, February 15, 2021 in College Station, Texas.

Services will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bryan Wednesday, February 24, 2021. The visitation is set for 9:00 – 10:30 am; immediately following is the rosary and funeral Mass with interment to follow in the Memorial Cemetery of College Station Aggie Field of Honor. Due to COVID restrictions, mask must be worn at all times.

She was born in Bryan, Texas, February 29, 1928 to Pete Long, Sr. and Lucy Marino Long. She was raised in Houston, Texas with her two sisters and one brother. In her early years, she only had one job as a night-shift switchboard operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. (SWBT). In 1948 when she attended her first Texas Aggie football game, sitting alongside her soon-to-be husband, Dr. Tony Barcelona, Jr. D.V.M., her “Aggie Spirit” was born and her dream of becoming a “cowboy’s sweetheart” came to life. She immediately quit SWBT Co. stating that she was not going to miss a “Saturday” Aggie Football game. Since then, she never missed a game with Tony even after 61 years of marriage. She and husband Tony Barcelona, Jr. D.V.M. raised their family of four children in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. Her vivacious personality, determination, drive and grit will forever be her legacy. She and Tony loved to entertain in their home on 1913 Aggie Lane in League City, TX. They were known for hosting many holiday gatherings, family functions, block parties, and yes, even Aggie “Midnight Yell Practices.” She spent Fall and Winter season traveling with family to Aggie Football games. She and Tony were permanently endowed 12th Man supporters for Texas A&M University, as well as members of the of the Aggie Diehards. After football season, she enjoyed playing golf, bowling, and playing cards. When February came around, she gave her time and energy volunteering for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR), garnering 50 years of service and Lifetime Membership. Serving many of those years with HLSR, Ladies Go-Texan Committee and Season Box Committee. Her true passion was cooking, serving and feeding others. Every year during HLSR change-over, she would make her infamous spaghetti and meatballs for over 400 plus HLSR volunteers and serve them. After returning to Bryan from 30 plus years living in League City, she enjoyed cooking and baking for community or family gatherings, and for St. Joseph’s Altars. She would even whip up Italian Cream Cakes on demand. She never let the dust settle under her feet for very long. Preceding her death are father and mother, Pete Long, Sr. and Lucy Marino Long, husband, Tony Barcelona, sister, Marie Long Yeropoli, brother, Pete Long Jr., and sister, Shirley Ann Dekowski.

To cherish her memory, she leaves three sons and two daughters-in-law, Tony Barcelona, III (Nannette), Timothy Pete Barcelona (Cathy), Tracy Samuel Barcelona, and one daughter, Tia Lucia Barcelona (Phillip Kownatzki).

In addition, her memory will be cherished by her grandchildren, Susan R. Barcelona (Deidre), Tony Barcelona IV (Leslie), Anna Barcelona Hines (Jonathan), and Krista Cheyenne M. Woods. Six great grandchildren, Gabriela R. Barcelona, Michael L. Barcelona, Tony F. Barcelona, V, AnnMarie R. Barcelona, Jaxon R. Hines, and Jordan R. Hines.

On behalf of the Barcelona Family, thank you to caregivers, staff, and nurses at Peach Creek Assisted Living Facility and to Amedisys Hospice for their unconditional care and support for our mom. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following: Amedisys Hospice Care (0783), 3833 South Texas Ave., Suite 200, Bryan, TX 77802, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, https://www.alz.org/.

Services

  • VISITATION

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • ROSARY & MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Leona Pleasant

February 23, 2021

I will long remember Roselee and our friendship serving together on the Ladies Go Texan Committee for the Houston Livestock Show Rodeo...always with a smile, helping hand and genuine friendship...She was truly a inspiration to all the members of the show...

Rachel Harris

February 22, 2021

All the staff at Peach Creek are heartbroken and will forever miss our sweet fun loving Mrs. Rosa. She was always the life of the party and provided comfort and friendship to the other residents. She will always remain in our heart. We are praying for comfort and peace for the family.

Randy Gripon

February 22, 2021

My parents used to see them at the A&M game all the time. My dad took me to a football game one time and I saw them up there🙏🏻

Sherry Moore Raska

February 22, 2021

This is Warren Moore's daughter Sherry. So many fond memories but my favorite has to be eating at Big Momma's either before or after a ball game. There was a big parking lot caddy cornered from her house (church I think) where we played football...concrete and all. Of course RosaLee and I were the only girls, she must have been in her late 30's. What good food and times! Give Dr. Tony a hug for me.................your humor and laugh were infectious girlfriend, RIP.

Jean Brown-Helm

February 22, 2021

What a cherished friend Rosalee having her as my next door neighbor. She took our family under her wing as we moved in next door. She definitely showed me the ropes. Rosalee
provided me with extended wonderful
activities and led me through wonderful years together. We even changed the name of our
street to "AGGIE LANE" She was fun and she had a heart for her family.
She loved to run across our driveway when we had company and jump in the pool. We never knew when she would bless us with her company.
I know where she is and have so many memories that I cherish. We will meet again.
Blessings to the family during this difficult
time.

Judith Pence Jordan

February 21, 2021

Dear Buzzy and Family.
I am so sorry to learn of your precious mother's passing. Please know that my prayers for her repose and your comfort in your bereavement are ascending. Your mother was truly one of a kind and a wonderful friend. I never cook spaghetti and meat balls that I don't think of her and her cooking team at HLSR. She will be sorely missed.
Thinking of you all at this very sad time.
Judy Pence Jordan

Marianne Ruffino

February 21, 2021

Dearest family, we LOVED your mother. She was a fun and great lady. Because I help with my parents and I have a new grandson I won’t be attending any of the services. But my heart will be there and also my prayers. I know she is happy to be with your dad. She adored him. May God bless all of you. Love, Marianne and Larry

Randy Gripon

February 21, 2021

My family knew her a long time in League City she was nice to us and we were nice to her to so we we are going to miss her🙏🏻

Randy Gripon

February 21, 2021

She was a nice person and League City everybody liked her a lot

Joni Lenz

February 20, 2021

Ms RosaLee was such a sweet lady. Knew her from St Anthony’s and then again at Peach Creek Assisted Living while my mom Elizabeth Palermo, was a resident there for a short time.

We loved visiting with RosaLee.
Prayers to all

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Biography

RosaLee Long Barcelona of Bryan, Texas passed away Monday, February 15, 2021 in College Station, Texas.

Services will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bryan Wednesday, February 24, 2021. The visitation is set for 9:00 – 10:30 am; immediately following is the rosary and funeral Mass with interment to follow in the Memorial Cemetery of College Station Aggie Field of Honor. Due to COVID restrictions, mask must be worn at all times.

She was born in Bryan, Texas, February 29, 1928 to Pete Long, Sr. and Lucy Marino Long. She was raised in Houston, Texas with her two sisters and one brother. In her early years, she only had one job as a night-shift switchboard operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. (SWBT). In 1948 when she attended her first Texas Aggie football game, sitting alongside her soon-to-be husband, Dr. Tony Barcelona, Jr. D.V.M., her “Aggie Spirit” was born and her dream of becoming a “cowboy’s sweetheart” came to life. She immediately quit SWBT Co. stating that she was not going to miss a “Saturday” Aggie Football game. Since then, she never missed a game with Tony even after 61 years of marriage.
She and husband Tony Barcelona, Jr. D.V.M. raised their family of four children in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. Her vivacious personality, determination, drive and grit will forever be her legacy. She and Tony loved to entertain in their home on 1913 Aggie Lane in League City, TX. They were known for hosting many holiday gatherings, family functions, block parties, and yes, even Aggie “Midnight Yell Practices.” She spent Fall and Winter season traveling with family to Aggie Football games. She and Tony were permanently endowed 12th Man supporters for Texas A&M University, as well as members of the of the Aggie Diehards. After football season, she enjoyed playing golf, bowling, and playing cards.

When February came around, she gave her time and energy volunteering for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR), garnering 50 years of service and Lifetime Membership. Serving many of those years with HLSR, Ladies Go-Texan Committee and Season Box Committee. Her true passion was cooking, serving and feeding others. Every year during HLSR change-over, she would make her infamous spaghetti and meatballs for over 400 plus HLSR volunteers and serve them. After returning to Bryan from 30 plus years living in League City, she enjoyed cooking and baking for community or family gatherings, and for St. Joseph’s Altars. She would even whip up Italian Cream Cakes on demand. She never let the dust settle under her feet for very long.

Preceding her death are father and mother, Pete Long, Sr. and Lucy Marino Long, husband, Tony Barcelona, sister, Marie Long Yeropoli, brother, Pete Long Jr., and sister, Shirley Ann Dekowski.

To cherish her memory, she leaves three sons and two daughters-in-law, Tony Barcelona, III (Nannette), Timothy Pete Barcelona (Cathy), Tracy Samuel Barcelona, and one daughter, Tia Lucia Barcelona (Phillip Kownatzki).

In addition, her memory will be cherished by her grandchildren, Susan R. Barcelona (Deidre), Tony Barcelona IV (Leslie), Anna Barcelona Hines (Jonathan), and Krista Cheyenne M. Woods. Six great grandchildren, Gabriela R. Barcelona, Michael L. Barcelona, Tony F. Barcelona, V, AnnMarie R. Barcelona, Jaxon R. Hines, and Jordan R. Hines.

On behalf of the Barcelona Family, thank you to caregivers, staff, and nurses at Peach Creek Assisted Living Facility and to Amedisys Hospice for their unconditional care and support for our mom. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following: Amedisys Hospice Care (0783), 3833 South Texas Ave., Suite 200, Bryan, TX 77802, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, https://www.alz.org/.