D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT


Rosalia Santana-Rodriguez

December 12, 1986October 26, 2019

Rosalia Santana-Rodriguez, 32, of East Hartford, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle against breast cancer on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Hartford Hospital. Rosalia was the wife, best friend, and forever love of Javier Rodriguez. Rosalia (Rosi) was born on December 12, 1986 in Hartford, daughter of Carlos and Erminia (Lacirignola) Santana. Rosalia was a forever student, her passion for education and always learning something new was insatiable. Rosi earned her bachelor’s degree from UConn and was working on her MBA at Northeastern University. Rosi loved all that was good in this world. She loved to travel, cruising, the warmth of the sun on a beach and seeing the world. Rosalia was the ultimate party planner, her attention to detail was something that made everything she did perfect. There were no flaws ever to be found in anything Rosi did as perfection was always the ultimate goal. Rosi’s dedication to attention and perfection also presented itself in her professional life. Rosi was practice manager for Conroy Orthodontics. She was respected and loved by all her co-workers. She made it her priority to make sure that her office ran smoothly, and everyone was treated fairly and just. She was loved by all. She became their friend, their confidant, their sister, their butterfly angel. Rosi also worked for the past 16 years at Stop & Shop in Wethersfield. Her bright light touched and showered everyone she encountered in its own unique and special way, co-workers, customers and all that passed her by. Rosi’s number one passion was family. She was so happy and so proud to be a daughter, sister, wife and especially Mommy to her sweet baby angel, Lia Rose. Her dreams and visions were nothing but perfection for Lia Rose. She did everything in her power to make sure this was accomplished and will continue to make sure this happens as she watches over and protects her from heaven. Rosi’s passion for life and all it brought her way was greater than life itself. Rosi touched each person she met in a very special way. She will be part of our lives until she meets us all in Heaven for that huge perfect party. Besides her husband and love of her life, Javier, Rosi is survived by her sweet baby angel, Lia Rose Rodriguez, her parents Carlos and Erminia Santana of Hartford, her sister and best friend, Coral Santana of Hartford, her Brother (stay gold pony boy) Giovanni Santana of Hartford, Aunt Mirella (aunt Dee) and her husband Thomas Esposito of East Hartford, Uncle (big brother) Angelo Lacirignola and his wife Elizabeth of Owasso, OK., maternal grandfather, Angelo Lacirignola of Wethersfield, paternal grandmother, Rafaela Pedraza of Gurabo, PR., Aunt Silvana Lacirignola of Fasano, BR Italy, cousins Thomas Esposito Jr and Sabrina Esposito of East Hartford, Aunt Margarita (Santana) Alahverdian and her husband Michael of Vernon, as well as many additional aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends here in CT, PR, Italy and all over this world. Rosi was pre-deceased by her maternal grandmother, Rosalia (Lapone) Lacirignola. Rosi’s family would like to send a special thank you to all the nurses, doctors and staff at Hartford Hospital CB2. The family will receive relative and friends from 12 – 3 p.m. on Sunday (November 3rd) at D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the funeral chapel at the conclusions of calling hours. Burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford will be private. To leave a message of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com


  • Visitation Sunday, November 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 3, 2019


Rosalia Santana-Rodriguez

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Natalie Sutera

November 4, 2019

Words cannot express how deeply saddened we are for the loss of your wife/mom, daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece.
Our deepest condolences to the Rodriguez and Santana families.
Rosi was my daughter Maria Sutera Russo's best friend growing up. They were inseparable. They shared so many happy and wonderful childhood memories together. They were members of the Brownies, Girl Scouts and Naylor Band and as students they excelled in their studies. Rosi was a courageous and strong young woman who battled to the end. Today was a sad day, as we said goodbye to Rosi. Her life was taken way too soon by this terrible illness. We pray that she rest in peace and watch over her family from heaven. May you cherish your fond memories forever in your hearts. We know you will tell Baby Lia how special and amazing her mom was and that she he will always be with her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time of sorrow. With our deepest sympathy, Natalie and Salvatore Sutera

Angela Buonannata

November 3, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to the Rodriguez & Santana families. We will never forget Rosalia, a warrior until the end. We have known her as a little girl through adulthood. Such an inspiring, special lady taken much too soon. We pray that she rest in eternal peace and pray for her entire family. May baby Lia always be told how wonderful and loving her mommy was. We will keep you all on our prayer list forever. RIP beautiful angel and watch over your loving family always.

Laurel Lower

November 2, 2019

Javier, I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your beautiful wife, Rosi. When you talked about her, your face just lit up. I know she’ll watch over you and Lia until you’re together again. Please accept my deepest condolences. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Johnny Vazquez

November 2, 2019

Rosi was an amazing friend and person
Always smiling and always caring with a heart of gold always had the best advice..sip..😥💔

Coral Santana

November 2, 2019

It’s been 1 week since you’ve been gone. My heart aches. I cry every time I think of you. I miss you so much. We have so many memories together that I will cherish forever and find a way to tell baby Lia about all the crazy things we did. I don't know how I will manage without you. Words cannot describe how much I love you, at least my words cant. Im sure if you were here you would be able to describe them for me ❤️ . We had oh so many many plans .Never for a second did I think I would ever be without you. I will be your forever Flor, and you will be my forever Mule.. I hope I make you proud sissy.. Id choose you over and over. I LOVE YOU.

janet cormier-ortiz

November 2, 2019

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, at this horrifically sad time, we are thinking of you all..Janet, Manuel, & Kyle Ortiz

Annmarie Mangene

November 1, 2019

Javier i am so sorry to hear about the loss of your wife.my heart goes out to you and your daughter may she rest in peace.

Erminia Santana

November 1, 2019

Rosi momma misses you so much. Dad and I will never break any of the promises we made. We will do everything you wanted for Lia and we will take care of Javi. I love you Rosi ....I love you the most send me a blue bird please

Stephanie Parrott

October 31, 2019

I am sad to hear of Rosie’s passing. I remember her as a sweet little girl and a lovely woman. Erminia and Carlos I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time.

Sabrina Esposito

October 30, 2019

I’m still at a loss of words, how could this happen.. not to you 😔 my beautiful beloved cousin was taken from us .. i know your not in pain anymore god has you & he will protect you. You were everything perfect you lived everyday to the fullest and kept fighting.. but your fight is over my love may you rest easy 🙏🏽 i promise with everything in me to help take care of your baby and make sure she knows how amazing her mother was.. ❤️ i love you Rosi, forever your beans ❤️ 12/12/86- 10/26/19 🕊