OBITUARY

Rose Helen Newman

June 20, 1922January 8, 2021

Rose Helen Newman was born May 20, 1922 in Union City, New Jersey to Filippo and Margerita Spagnolo. She joined big brother, Joe. Following Rose, brothers Frank and Tony joined the family.

She began working as a bookkeeper for her father’s dress shop, French Frocks, in Union City, earning $5 as her first paycheck. Rose was always very good with numbers, and she enjoyed her career.

Rose met her husband, Frank Newman, and was married June 24, 1956 at St. Rocco’s Catholic Church. She and Frank moved to Florida to start their new life together. They celebrated their 50 year anniversary in 2006. Over the years, they traveled with family and friends to several countries. Rose and Frank had a wonderful life together, until Frank’s death in December, 2006.

Rose was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Viera. Her faith was very important to her. She never missed a service for as long as she was able to attend. Following her move to a care facility, she still joined in service each week.

She spent the last years of her life at Autumn House in Melbourne, FL where the staff became like family. We wish to thank them for their wonderful care of Rose during this time. We know she was loved by all. We also wish to thank Health First Hospice for their expert care during Rose’s last few weeks.

Rose is predeceased by her parents and brothers. She is survived by her sister in law, Dorothy Spagnolo (McKinney, Texas); her nephews, Phillip Spagnolo (Judy) of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey; Mark Spagnolo (Debby) of Prosper, Texas; Jeffrey Spagnolo (Kathy) of McKinney, Texas and Lori Alfano of McKinney, Texas. She is also survived by several great nephews and great nieces.

Donations can be made in Rose’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Association, Health First Hospice of Melbourne, or St. John the Evangelist Church in Viera.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021

Memories

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Karen Smith

January 15, 2021

Rose was our neighbor and a delightful lady. My husband Clifton and I, will miss her dearly. Rest in peace dear Rosie.

Claire Cona

January 12, 2021

My fondest memories of dear Rose are our walks from the household to the beauty shop in Autumn House. She always complained about how far it was and who was going to pay for the services. Once in the chair, it was don’t cut my hair too short and I don’t think I need a color! But in the end she smiled from cheek to cheek at how beautiful she looked. All of us who knew her loved her and we will all miss her dearly. R.I.P Our Ms. Rose and fly with the angels.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY