Vita Ann Rose
November 3, 1944 – May 26, 2018
Vita Ann (Ragusa) Rose, age 73 passed away peacefully, surrounded by many of her loving family, on Saturday, May 26, 2018 after living with frontotemporal dementia. Vita’s greatest joy in life was her family. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Sam Rose Jr., her daughter Karen Rose Racey, son-in-law Allan and grandchildren Nathan & Rachel; her son Sam Rose III, daughter-in-law Morgen and grandchildren Sam IV & Nicholas. Vita is also survived by her father, Jake Ragusa Sr. (98 yrs young); her sister Christine Montalbano, brother-in-law Paul; her brother Jake Ragusa Jr. and sister-in-law Elysia. She was preceded in death by her mother Rose Ragusa and her sister Rosemary Ragusa. She is also survived by a large family of nieces, nephews and cousins that she adored and loved spending time with.
Vita attended Incarnate Word Academy graduating as Class President and throughout her life she maintained friendships with many of her IWA classmates. She went on to attend the University of Houston where she met and married her college sweetheart, Sam. Vita’s foundation in her Catholic faith from her youth inspired her into a lifelong career serving the church community. She worked many years in the St. Matthew’s Catholic Church office as well as 25+ years as bookkeeper at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church/School. She treasured the friendships, families and students that enriched her life while living her Catholic Faith. Vita was also a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church and graciously volunteered her time and talents by supporting the annual St. Joseph Alter, counting offerings on Sunday and serving as Eucharist Minister.
Vita was a lover of life. She valued connecting with others by really listening and being in the moment with the person at her side. She loved traveling to cities all over the world from small-town bluebonnet festivals in Texas, to Vancouver, California, the Ragusa Ranch, Colorado, Mexico, France and especially to visit her Italian family in Bisacquino, Sicily. The name Vita means “Life” in Italian. She treasured her Texas-style Italian traditions such as making homemade sausage and Italian fig cookies.
Love. The truest expression of unconditional love is what Sam and Vita expressed to each to each other on a daily basis. It started with their wedding anniversary on the day before Valentine’s Day. They shared this idea of unconditional love with their children…a treasured legacy passed on. And then there were the grandkids…and MawMaw was born. Her four grandchildren were the light of her life. They filled her with joy and she gave it right back to them. Pure love. Laughter, playing, eating lots of Mexican food (and ice cream), carousels, “come on cars” and a never ending supply of hugs and kisses.
And if you know Vita, you know… she loved to shop. A lot. Sometimes with a full and indexed bag of coupons. What started with weekly trips with her mother to Foley’s became a lifetime of shopping trips with her best shopping buddies. Shopping was about finding the deals but really spending quality time with the people she loved.
Throughout Vita’s life, she always made true friends and loving relationships. A lifelong list of true friends never ends. From UH Newman Club, IWA, Church Youth Groups, Marriage Encounter ….everyone loved Vita.
Vita’s family would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazingly wonderful people at Silverado Memory Care facility. More than just taking care of Vita for 4+ years, they loved her. They treated her like family and they appreciated the essence of everything that was Vita. As important as Vita’s Italian heritage was to her, this outpouring of love and support was exactly what she needed. Vita’s family will forever consider the staff at Silverado a part of their extended family.
A visitation and rosary service will be held on Friday, June 1 from 5:00 - 8:00pm at Earthman Funeral Home, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas. The rosary service begins at 7:00pm. A funeral mass will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 2 at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, 11720 Joan of Arc Drive, Houston, Texas with interment services to follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.
In honor of Vita, the love she received at her Silverado home and the location of her passing, a Rose Garden will be constructed and dedicated in her honor at Silverado Memory Care Facility - Cypresswood. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to “Vita’s Rose Garden” at https://www.gofundme.com/vita-rose-garden . Please click on link below to make donation.
- Vita's Rose Garden
- Visitation Friday, June 1, 2018
- Rosary Friday, June 1, 2018
- Funeral Mass Saturday, June 2, 2018
- Committal Service Saturday, June 2, 2018
Vita Ann Rose
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June 1, 2018
My condolences to the entire family of Vita Ann Rose. May God shower all of Vita's family and friends with his grace to comfort them at this very difficult time. She will be missed by so many. What an awesome, loving, caring lady she was.
Vita and I were classmates at Incarnate Word Academy for four years and graduated together in 1962. Those four years were so fun and that infectious smile of Vita's made us all so proud to be associated with her. We loved Vita!
God Bless her soul and keep her forever in your care.
June 1, 2018
I graduated from IWA with Vita in 1962. Vita was such a kind and caring person, always with a kind smile on her face. My husband and I were members of St. Matthew Parish while Vita and Sam were there so I got to talk to her over the years. I am sorry that I won't be able to attend the funeral or the rosary as we have previous obligations. However, your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Heaven now has another beautiful angel!
Loretta Prazak Kasowski
June 1, 2018
I met Vita when I came to work at St. Cecilia Catholic Community, in my eyes she was a classy lady; always well dressed and I cannot forget her smile... I send my prayer and condolences go to her family... Blessings, Mirta
June 1, 2018
The face of an angel, the heart of a saint,
God blessed my life by letting me share in yours.
My heart and soul will remember you forever,
your kindness, your love of family and friends,
I am priviledged honored and humbled to be able to say
"Vita Rose, You are my precious friend",
Thank you for all you did for me, and for my family,
for all at St. Matthew's, and for all who crossed your path.
Heaven is rejoicing at the sight of you coming!
Welcome Home, and now you can rest!
May 31, 2018
I met Sam and Vita while Vita was at Silverado Memory Care.
Sam's love and devotion for his wife, even though many times it could not be acknowledge or reciprocated, was an inspiration to me, as I cared for my wife at the same facility.
The gentleness and love in which Sam carefully fed her, held her hand and whispered his love to her, was an inspiration to me. Care Givers at Silverado also noted Sam's love for Vita.
Sam set the standard for spousal care that was noticed and admired by the staff. Several times I heard someone say: "If I ever have to enter a memory care facility, I hope my husband cares for me like Sam cares for Vita."
I hope that our friendship; forged through years of tragedy does not end with the death of both our spouses. It is too precious to lose.
May 31, 2018
Always remember the beautiful speeches by both Mrs and Mr Rose at out wedding. I’ll miss you.
May 31, 2018
I have the very best memories of the fun days we had in the Newman Club at the University of Houston. I had never taken business classes in high school, and you came to my rescue typing my term papers. You were an angel always ready to help. I was from out of town, and lived in the dorm and many times I was invited to your home to have dinner with your wonderful family. You had the most gracious and welcoming mother and father. Vita, you were blessed at birth with a loving family, and you truly lived their values though out your life.
You were in my wedding in Orange and my dad would tease you speaking in French and making you laugh. He often commented that you had the most beautiful smile. We later spent time together when Sam and Tom were in basic training in the US Army.
Our friendship meant so much to me. You had a loving influence on everyone you touched. All the good times and memories of you are truly cherished in my heart. You walked with grace and we were all blessed to have had you in our lives.
Christine LaRocca Farell
May 29, 2018
My sweet friend,
There is no one who could ever be so caring, accepting and loving as you, Vita - you were truly special to all who knew you! Everyone was drawn to your beautiful, genuine smile! There are so many memories I have - camping trips to the Guadalupe River and to Colorado, marriage encounter sharing, the "Shop 'til You Drop" days at the mall, and just catching up on Friday nights at Ninfa's. - things I will always cherish! I miss having you to call when I need advice or just a good ear. You always knew just the right thing to say and were always so supportive and positive. You were the best at giving encouragement. We hit it off the first time we met at St. Matthew's and I knew I had found a "forever" friend and by extension your whole family - the Ragusa clan- opened their arms and welcomed us. Heaven has a new Angel and I feel so blessed to have known you and to call you my friend. Thank you for being you!
Love and miss you, Christine
May 29, 2018
Vita, you will always be in my heart and I will cherish our monthly visits to the Galleria after work. We would have dinner and walk the mall shopping, confiding our life's joys and hardships with each other and just loving being together. My visits to the Ragusa's for sausage making, Christmas and Easter were always so wonderful.
Your dear friend, Lolly