Rosalia Victorina Van Assche

September 23, 1936April 14, 2018
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Rosalia Victorina (Rosa) Van Assche passed away peacefully following a long and courageous battle on April 14, 2018.

Born on September 23, 1936 and raised in Antwerp, Belgium, Rosa traveled the globe during her lifetime, experiencing vast and exciting cultures. She enjoyed living in Oberageri, Switzerland; São Paolo, Brasil; and along the serene east coast in Westport, Connecticut. Twenty two years ago, she discovered the beauty of Las Vegas, Nevada, where she and her family have enjoyed their residency since. She is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Pierre Van Assche, and her son and daughter, Sven Van Assche and Kristel Van Assche. Her passion for life was expressed through her love for her pets, animals, nature, cooking and gardening. Her one passion that took precedence, however, was her enduring love for her husband and two children, who were all by her bedside at the time of her passing. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial gift be made to the Animal Foundation of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Please join Rosa's family for the Reception, scheduled following the Memorial Service.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 28, 2018

Rosalia Victorina Van Assche

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Marleen Dedecker

April 27, 2018

Dearest family,

Although we can not be at the farewell celebration of Aunt Rosa, we are still very close to you in your mind. It will be a difficult day. But we are sure that all the beautiful moments and memories of her can alleviate your grief.
The beautiful pictures that we have viewed through the forum are a real tribute to Aunt Rosa. What a beautiful woman she was! Yes Pierre, good choice.
And what a blissful smile when she and her kids are in the pictures. Sven, Krisje, you had a super nice top mama. And that she occasionally sat on your 'hood', that belongs together to be a good mom.
As everyone knew and knows: she lived for her family!
We, too, were happy that she could attend a number of family celebrations. Marc and I are so happy that we also visited Aunt Rosa and Uncle Pierre a few times in Las Vegas. This is how we saw her in her own environment. Her garden, dogs, dinners, and the hours-long chats were great. Her hospitality was huge !!
The Skype moments also made us feel how Aunt Rosa appreciated that the family in Belgium was still there. Fortunately she was still able to talk fast. Communication is so important!

The very best for all of you. A very big hug from,
Marc and Marleen

Teri Bostaji

April 23, 2018

I lost a good friend and one of my 2nd Moms I am very sad and also very happy to say that Rosa Dedecker Vanasshe aka Mameke to so many of us, lived a great, happy and well-loved life. She loved with her whole heart. She welcomed all of us into her home. She cooked for us and drank with us, partied with us until the wee hours of the morning. She loved the parties pool, football, birthdays. I will always celebrate New Year's Eve on Belgium time 1st! Her family was her life and her family included many animals who I am sure were there to greet her. Oh, how happy she must be to see them all again.
She passed this past Saturday at about 3:15 est. I opened the fridge and took out a Stella Cider and drank it. I toasted to her, not knowing what had happened but she was on my mind all day and I was talking about her the day before at the studio. I haven't had a Stella in a year I just don't drink beer that much.
But Saturday at around the time she passed I had the urge to do so? Thanks, Mameke for stopping in to say bye. I feel so much better that you did. Thank you for all of the hours of advice and Love. Most of all what I want people to get out of this is be happy in your life. Do what you love. She did! It may be simple it may be hard, but do what makes you happy and if you have a beer be it a Duvel or a Stella or just a good meal as she was an amazing cook, lift your glass and say a toast to good times and a life well loved and lived. To you Mameke you live on in my heart forever.

Bob and Rowena Thiess

April 22, 2018

We are saddened by Rosa’s passing, and her dear family is in our thoughts and prayers. I especially recall the wedding of my daughter and Sven. (And she gained a grandson in the mix, too.) My favorite memories are of our telephone conversations! Rosa fought the good fight, and we know that she is now at peace and without pain and will be with her beloved husband and children again.

Carrie Vitale

April 19, 2018

Rosa was the sweetest, kindest lady in the world. I started coming to her house to cut her hair about 3 years ago. We quickly became friends. She loved her family so much. She talked about them every time we saw each other. I enjoyed every moment I spent with her and I will miss her dearly. I really loved Rosa. Rest in peace sweet friend. Your friendship is such a loss.
Blessings and comfort to her beautiful, loving husband and children.
With sadness and love, Carrie

Diana Lellieu

April 17, 2018

A beautiful classy lady inside and out. She was generous of heart and opened her home to great meals even when she was ill. We will miss you, your cooking, and your great travel stories. Love and condolences to the family. Rest In Peace dear Rosa.😘