Rosita Abenoja Roldan

March 1, 1942November 21, 2018

Rosita "Mama Rosie" Abenoja Roldan was called home to our Lord on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 at 5:53pm.

Born on March 1st, 1942 to Bernardo and Brigida Cortez in Baybay, Leyte, Philippines, Mama Rosie will be fondly remembered as a loving and very giving person.

As the eldest of 7 kids, Rosita quit school after 4th grade to help make money for her family. When she was 20, she was assigned to be a nanny for an American family, with 4 kids, who were in the Philippines working for the Peace Core. Four years later, Rosie was sponsored to continue being a nanny for the Smith family in Palo Alto. On August 4th, 1966 Rosie set foot on the soil of the United States.

A couple of years later, Rosie met Larry Roldan and within 3 months of dating, they married on September 22nd, 1968 in Reno, Nevada. Together they had 4 children, Lorie, Lorraine, LeAnn and Larry Boy. Together, they raised their kids to be very active from baseball to modeling to piano/voice lessons to outrigger canoe to dancing hula/Tahitian. Larry video taped family activities and Rosie sewed costumes.

Rosie will infamously be remembered as a Bingo fanatic, spending time with her family and always dressed to the nines when leaving the house with a matching flower in her hair.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Roldan; her daughter, Lorie Brigida; her grandson, Hunter Roldan; her granddaughter, Alyssa Almogela; her parents, Bernardo and Brigida Cortez and her brother, Gill Cortez.

She is survived by her children, Lorraine and her husband, Chris; LeAnn and her husband, Derek; and Larry B and his wife, Carrie. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kwanzaa, Justin Blake, Tatiana, Hallie, Sunny Boy, Kingston and Taeyah. She is also survived by sisters, Arcelita Bande, Teresita Alao, Delia Piza and Pricilla "Precy" Krzeminkski and brothers, Rogelio Cortez and Paul Cortez.


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Burial Thursday, December 6, 2018

Rosita Abenoja Roldan

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Nena Castillo

December 6, 2018

Manang Rosie, how can i ever forget you? We’ve spent so much time together while our kids were growing up. I cannot forget you playing the slot machines at our us “busted”. Were the most common word at that machine. Memories will never go away. You were a kind and loving mother and friend and you and your family will ALWAYS be in our hearts. Love you for ever. The Castillo family

Holly Liberatore

December 5, 2018

Rosie is forever in my memories in every stage of my life from childhood until today. She never forgot to call on my birthday. She took care of us. It was never about her. I will never forget how she comforted her loved ones who would begin to express grief by her sickbed. “It’s okay; don’t be sad.” She was a caretaker and a comforter. I’m so grateful we found her in the Philippines and that my parents saw something so wonderful in her that they just couldn’t come back to the US without her. Now I am blown away when I look at all the beautiful children and grandchildren who have come to be as a result of that decision. What a legacy! Bye Rosie. I know when I see you again you will offer me “same as always-cheese, juice, cheese, juice!” like you did way, way back after every day of Kindergarten. ❤️