Rose Marie Collie
February 25, 1930 – June 15, 2020
At the age of 90 years old, Rose Marie Collie of San Jose, passed peacefully in her sleep on the morning of Monday, June 15th, 2020, at her residence.
Rose was born on February 25th, 1930 in Jamestown, New York to Anna and Philip Lombardo. She was the youngest, and last remaining of eight siblings. At the age of five years old, her family relocated to Santa Clara County where she remained.
A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, Rose dedicated her life to her family and was often described as the “glue” who kept everyone together. As a young woman she worked in the cannery, eventually owned her own restaurant, and finally settled in a career as a banquet captain for over 20 years.
You could find Rose at any of her favorite places: the bingo hall, playing the poker machine in Las Vegas, or at happy hour having a martini on the rocks. She had a tremendous amount of life in her, even at 90 years old. There was no telling Rose to “slowdown,” but that was all part of her charm. She had a gift for connecting with people, no matter what walk of life they were from. Everyone who was lucky enough to know her, knew what a force she was.
One of Rose’s main passions was her cooking. Her signature spaghetti and meatball sauce was a staple at every family gathering. Her family remembers fondly the multi-course meal she would prepare for each holiday. There was no saying “no” to her food! No one ever left her home with an empty stomach.
Rose is survived by her husband of 46 years, Jack Collie, three children, Anna Lynn White, Richard Priola, Terri Gaydosh, two stepchildren Ronald Collie and David Collie, and many grand and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Rose was truly a light in this world, who touched the heart of everyone who knew her. She will be deeply missed.
Memorial service to be determined at a later date.
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Rose Marie Collie
June 21, 2020
I have very fond memories of Rose & her family. My mother (Lee Romano) & Rose were lifelong friends. I remember many nights playing with Terry while my parents played cards in Rose's living room with other couples she had invited over. Rose was always part of the annual Halloween bus trip to Lake Tahoe. All of the ladies in that close knit group loved life & they loved being in each others company. Rose always treated me like family and I am saddened by her passing. She will be dearly missed by all who experienced the joy of knowing her.