A funeral mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Grenada for Rose Marie Marascalco, 97, the eldest Marascalco, who died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 19, in Grenada. Burial followed in the Marascalco family plot in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Rose was born Sept. 13, 1923. Also known as “Little Rose” or “Aunt Rosie” and devout Catholic, she was one of the oldest parishioners of St. Peter Catholic Church and daughter to one of the founding families that built the church. She was also a member of the Ladies Sodality of St. Peter and truly lived life to the fullest. She left Grenada and made her life in Memphis, Tenn., where she worked as a bookkeeper for the florist of the Peabody Hotel until her retirement.
Never forgetting her roots, Rose Marie returned home to Grenada to live out the remainder of her life with family. Aunt Rosie always had the sweetest smile on her face and was full of humor and personality. She loved fashion and accessories, and was always dressed in the latest trends. Her willingness to help others, quick wit and laugh will never be forgotten.
Her parents, Vincent and Virginia Fertitta Marascalco; sisters, Mary V. Marascalco and Donie Marie (Anthony) Liberto, and brothers, Joseph “T-Joe” Marascalco, Sam P. Marascalco, Charles J. Marascalco, Lewis P. Marascalco and Carmelo Pete (Marie) Marascalco, preceded Rose Marie in death.
Survivors include, her brother, John (Rosemarie) Marascalco of Los Angeles, Calif. and a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Curlee Boone, Warren Guillory, Paul Liberto, Raymond Liberto, Paul Marascalco, Monroe McCormick, Edward Stahl and Samuel Stewart.
Memorials can be made to St. Peter Catholic Church or the Angelman Syndrome Foundation.
Online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com
McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada was in charge of arrangements.