- 88 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 6, 1925
- Date of passing: Dec 2, 2013
|God Bless Rose Laferrera. Let her memory be in our hearts forever.|
Yesterday afternoon we lost a tremendous part of our lives with the passing of our dear mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, confident, and true angel, Rose Laferrera. She touched countless lives and had an unimaginable impact on so many of us. Her strength throughout her life was exemplary and her love was truly unconditional. She was the beautiful and passionate matriarch of our family and our lives will not be the same without her to share them with. She is undoubtedly watching over us as we all gained a guardian angel yesterday.
Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.
Donza Funeral Home
333 Atlantic Ave
East Rockaway, NY 11518
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 7-9pm
Thursday, December 5th, 2013 2-5pm, 7-9pm
St. Raymond's Church
263 Atlantic Ave
East Rockaway, NY 11518
Friday, December 6th, 2013
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made in Rose’s name to St.Judes Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of your choice.
"Thinking about you, today and always. There's been so much that I want to talk to you about lately, so many times I've picked up the phone to call you. I just have to keep reminding myself that you are with me every step of the way, no matter what. Love ya! Later, Grams."
"Sorry ma didn't finish..."Mom,
Everyday without you feels a little empty without hearing your voice, seeing your smile or feeling your touch."
Everyday without you our love grows,
Everyday without you your influences grow, and
Everyday without you brings us closer.
I know you love your new home and that pleases me.
Love you and Happy Birthday."
"Mom, everyday without you feels a little empty without hearing your voice, seeing your smile or feeling your touch."
"My Dear Rosie, I miss you so much. Your children do keep in touch with me - they are such beautiful tributes to you. I try to remember their birthdays, because I know you would be doing so. Happy Birthday!
Love you, Theresa"
You live on in your beautiful grandchildren. Sarah is a wonderful friend to me...as you were a wonderful mother to her.....and we will all be reunited some day in heaven. Love, Angela
p.s. Please welcome my brother who just passed six weeks ago."
"My dear Cousin Rosie,
I can't believe it's been 2 years!! I think of you often and miss you so much. May you rest in peace, my dear, dear cousin. Love you, Theresa"
Well guess there is not much I can tell you since you already know what ever I would say, lol!
BTW, I always thought that lol meant "lots of love"but you already know that. I hope I hadn't used it inappropriately at times!
Well for you, I like my version of "lots of love" better anyway.
I know you always liked when I made you laugh so I hope (actually I know) you are smiling.
Since we speak daily there is not much new but as I always tell you I miss you more with every passing day and I just wanted to wish you a happy second anniversary in heaven. Are you Daddy and Edward going out to celebrate? Try the manna, never had it but since God sent it from heaven ( yours is probably better) it has to be good. Let me know.
Oh, btw what do you think of Teddy? Crazy little guy, right? but cute as anything.
We'll speak later. Bye."
I can't believe it's been two years. I still remember talking to you that morning like it was yesterday. I also still attempt to call you once in a while, whether it's for good news, advice, or just to talk...it breaks my heart every time I realize that you won't pick up. So many wonderful things have happened this year that I wish you could have been here for, but I also understand that you have been behind a lot of them and that you are always there in spirit.
Just a few things I would have called you about this week...I found a vintage vanity last weekend for my "cloffice", that I know you would have loved. My new project will be to refinish it, I know how excited you would have been! (Just so you know the "cloffice" is lavender). Also - I created my own version of stuffed peppers this week - zucchini, quinoa, spinach, and of course rotel tomatoes, cooked in a little white wine. On another note, I watched a show about Frank Sinatra the other day, and learned some interesting things that I wanted to discuss with you - but maybe you're talking to him directly ;). Love and miss you more than words <3.
All my love,
"PS. Tell Edward Happy Birthday too. Mason as well."
"Ma, Sorry this is a belated birthday wish but as you know my emails were a bit restricted! Nevertheless Kathy and I were thinking and talking about you while we were in China. Now as you know, it is time for us to move on to getting ready for the wedding.
We miss you and think of you everyday.
It still amazes me how even today people always speak of the tremendous person you were. You are incredible.
Did you see over 2100 people have visited this site!!
I am so proud to be your son.
"Happy Birthday Grams! I think of you every day, especially today, wishing that I could call you and wish you a happy birthday and hear about all of the great things you did on your birthday. I love you so much."
"Dear Cousin Rosie, Happy Birthday! I miss you so very much and think of you and our phone calls often. Love you, Cousin Theresa"
"Happy birthday Godmother Rose!"
"It was one year yesterday that I lost a big part of my heart.Kathy and I began the day attending a mass offered especially for Mom.
We later visited her grave and spent the rest of the day quietly reflecting on the joy she had brought to us and the kids.
I comforted myself with the fact that she has been reunited with my brother.
For over thirty years she had been pained by his loss now she has him back. Its only fair that I had been blessed with her for my 59 years and now it is his turn.
I know she is at peace and no longer in physical and emotional pain.
I initially wanted to keep my thoughts and feelings to myself but felt a sense of personal comfort expressing it.
I love you mom."
I miss you so much! I miss your smile and your giggles and I miss our long conversations when I picked you up to take you to NJ for a few days. You have a special place in my heart and have taught me to find the good in all people.....i wish I could hug you right now! Love you till the end of time!"
I miss you so much, especially our almost weekly telephone calls. May you rest in sweet peace. Love you."
"Thinking of all of you on the first anniversary of her passing. May she continue to rest in peace."
"My Dearest Grams,
You taught me how to cook you taught me how to sew, and more than anything, you taught me how to love. You loved me with the strongest, most unconditional love there could be. I live every day to make you proud. I loved sharing my joys and accomplishments with you so very much. I loved telling you about a great sale I found or a meal that I made. I loved telling you about my job...even though you never quite understood what it is that I do, you were always so proud. I loved knowing how proud of me you always, always were. I loved hearing your laugh and seeing your smile and knowing how much we lit up your life. I hope you know how much you light up ours. You've left me with the greatest gift I could ever ask for. My heart and soul are so full of love because of you, and I want nothing more than to love as much as you did and to have others feel my love, the way that you made us feel yours. I hope you know how much I love you and always will.
All my love,
This has been a tough couple of days but like I said rightfully so, everyone thinks their mother is the best in the world , but in my heart no one equals you.
Even up to today you still look over me and God knows I need every bit of your love and guidance.
I miss you terribly. Your cute smile, your compassion, your love,your wisdom and visits, and especially our daily conversations.
I always joked that you would give me a hard time when I missed one day of calling you, but I now realize even our calls were for my benefit.
Thank you for all the years. I long for the day when we will be together again. Meanwhile I know you pained every MOTHER'S DAY since you lost Edward, but now is your opportunity to enjoy him all to yourself.
Happy MOTHER'S DAY.I love you."
Just thinking of you......I'm not kidding when I say I think of you all of the time. I miss starting my day with your voice. I miss calling you when I get home from work when the weather was bad like today - because you wouldn't go to sleep until you heard I was safe. (Confession - sometimes I would have mom tell you I was home before I actually was just so you could bed!). Remember last summer when we were at the Backstreet Boy concert and you were so worried about Alyssa that you called all of our phones about 5 times each, just to make sure she was ok?! I miss everything about you. </3. Love you, later Grams."
"As I finish up sending the last of my wedding "thank you's" there is one more I have to send and that is to you. Your love and support has been immense and so overwhelming. I couldn't have gotten this far without you. There are so many things that I have to thank you for.....Thank you for helping me countdown to the wedding. Every time on my way home from work you would say "4 more months...3 more months..." Sometimes I thought you were more excited than I was. Thank you for the beautiful frames you got us. Don't worry I will do exactly what you said, one frame is for a picture of myself and one for Dan and I. I hope you like the pictures I have in mind. Thank you for your handkerchief for my "something old". I keep it with my right next to my bed. It reminds me that you were with me that whole day, even though you couldn't be there physically. And thank you for loving both Dan and I with your whole heart. I am so proud that you are my grandmother. You are a part of me everyday. From the saints that you bought for both Dan and my car, from the little red pan that I use almost everday to cook in. I know you are looking down on us and you are our angel up in heaven guiding us. I love you Grams. Talk to you soon."
"Happy Birthday Grandma! We missed you so much yesterday, even though I'm sure you were there! Love you!"
Happy Birthday!! I love and miss you..not a day goes by that you don't cross my mind..I saw Ann your mail lady today..she sends her love!!"
"Hi Grandma - Happy Birthday! Love and miss you so much. You will always have a special place in my heart."
"Happy Birthday Grandma!! I love you and miss you so much. We drank your Sambucca yesterday, you would have loved it!"
"Happy birthday Grams. I love and miss you so much. Thinking of you every single day. </3"
"Happy Birthday, my dear Rosie. I miss you so very much and think of you often. Love you."
"Happy Birthday ma, love you."
"That should have said...."Love ya""
I think we will use this site for special occasions.
Our everyday conversations should be more private.
You know to find it.
Cousin Giuseppe from Italy sent a very nice tribute. You touched people world wide.
Lawyer was cancelled again due to weather, but will take care of it this week.
AJ and Jamie stayed here last night. AJ had his annual physical this morning with Cioce, my doctor. Everything went well.
Then took him to breakfast.
We had a nice chat about his plans. I can't give you the details here, but you already know. Haha!
I guess now we really can't hide anything from you!
You always knew what was going on regardless....there was no fooling you. :).
Love you too,
"we are so sorry for the lost of "mum ROSE". Remember tthat's the way we also used to call her when we were there on vacation. We will never forget how lovely and beautiful she was. we are sure she rests in peace and among God's arms. a big hug from all of your italians cousins in this suffering time"
"Dear Anthony and family,
we are so sorry for the lost of "Mum Rose". Even if we spent only few moments with her we will never forget how lovely, kind and beautiful she was!! Most of all we can't forget her smile and the good times we had with her when we were there on vacation. We are sure she rests in peace and among God's arms. A big hug from all of your italians cousins in this suffering time."
My appointment with the Lawyer was postponed until next week. Do worry it will be all taken care of.
Also spoke to Ann and she told me what needed to be done about the mail.
Justin is here.Took him to see a show last night and stopped for a steak. It was a nice night spending time with him alone. I know how proud of him you are as well as all your grand kids. You did a great job as you did with everything you touched.
By the way I tried to make Motzah Ball soup for Alyssa and they fell apart when I dropped them in the soup! So I just fried them like potato pancakes, they came out good!
Will let you know how everything goes after I meet with the Lawyer.
Love you too."
This is going to work out good! I don't have to call and get your answering machine only to worry where you may be.
Anyway spoke to Ann your mail lady (you know how much she loved you) last night and today and I am having all your mail forwarded to me so I can handle all the notifications. I know how much you worry about those things.
Alyssa is still working from NJ, and Justin and AJ will be home this weekend also.
Talk to you all day and tomorrow...
I waited some time before I wrote anything in hopes I would be able to find the words to describe you and how much you meant to me. What I found was that you are indescribable and the love I have for you is incomparable. I can confidently say that you positively impacted every person you encountered throughout your life.
It saddens me that you had to leave us, but your stories and legacy will live on. I find myself sharing stories and pictures of you everyday in order to celebrate your life rather than being overwhelmed with sadness due to your departure.
I wish I had some more time with you, but I know you were in pain and you were tired. I now know you are no longer in pain and can finally be with Grandpa and Uncle Ed.
There is an indefinite list of all the things I loved about you some of which include, your giggle, the voicemails you left me every time I missed your phone call, the way you addressed greeting cards, how every store we went into everyone would know you, the stories you told countless times that never got old, the list is truly endless.
Grandma, the last words you said to me in person were, “I love you more.” You couldn’t have left me with a better memory."
"Mom gave this message from St. Augustine to my family a while ago.....
Death is Nothing...
I have just moved to the neighboring room. I am who I am ...
You are whom you are, that which we were to one another,
We will always be. Call me by my name.
Speak to me like you always have.
Don't use a different tone...Do not be solemn or sad.
Continue to laugh at that which made us laugh together.
Pray, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be pronounced at home, As it always was,
Without pomposity or gloom. Life is still the same,
It is what it always was. The thread is not broken.
Why should I be away from your thoughts?
Just because I am away from your sight?
I am not far, just on the other side of the road....
Love you Mom"
It's been a week since you left us and went home.
I know you were ready but I can't help thinking of you at every moment that passes.
This site is perpetual and even though I speak to you in my prayers, I will visit you here often. It helps me recall what a beautiful person you are and the love you shared with so many.
I still look to call you and would have loved to have your voice on the message greeting, but all I get is some guys voice....me!
Hope that made you laugh because I so enjoyed when I made you smile.
I love you,
Speak to you later."
"Just thinking of you Mom! I know you are watching over your family and will continue to guide us... I miss you sooo! I know you are pain free now and in the arms of Dad and Edward....and that comforts me!"
"My Dearest Godmother,
It deeply saddens me that I wasn't fortunate enough to see you over the upcoming holidays since moving back from London. I miss your cards that always started out with 'My Dearest Godchild' - it always made me feel so special; then again your warmth and kindness always made people feel special!
I thank my parents for choosing both of you as my Godparents. You were such a special person that I couldn't imagine anyone else but you to also sponsor me as my Godmother for my Confirmation. I will never forget how touched you were when I asked you to sponsor me - you said it all with your beautiful eyes and warm smile.
You are one of the most special individuals to have entered my life. I will remember you fondly and will miss your warmth and kindness and of course that lovely laugh! I can only hope now that my Godmother is now my Guardian Angel! God Bless!"
"Rose, ive know you for over 20 years and when i think of you i think of that beautiful smile and how you always made my family and i, especially my mom (who loved you so dearly) feel like family! you will be greatly missed. Thank you for all the love and warmth that you showed us all thru out our lives..love you!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."
When I had the pleasure of meeting your mom earlier this year she was such a lovely woman, a pleasure to talk to. Take comfort in knowing that she is at peace now with no more suffering. Please know that Rose, you and Kathy and the children will be in my prayers.
With my Deepest Sympathy, Joe Bennett"
You have truly been a beautiful mark on many lives, including mine, in the past 44 years I have known you as a mother, friend and woman. Your memory will live on in all of our hearts. With much love, Rosie
You were such a lovely, warm, and caring person who always had a smile on your face. I'm happy to have shared a friendship with you and will rembember the good times we all had on 85th Street.
Our hearts go out to all of you at this time.
Love, Picerni Family"
"What can I say about an amazing person who always made me feel like family,,u will be truly missed,and I am very proud to always call u AUNT ROSIE,,i love u,,may u rest in peace,,,,,paulie"
There are no words for how much you will be missed, you will always be in my thoughts and my heart. I have no doubt that you will be watching over us always. You were my greatest teacher, and one of the best friends a person could ever ask for. I love you always."
"Mrs. Laferrera - You were like a "mom" to all of us. Your smile, kindness and warmth embraced us all. We will certainly miss you but know that your legacy lives on in your children. Love Maria & Blase"
You are in our thoughts and prayers...I know how much your mother meant to you all and I know you will miss her deeply. Remember the good times with her and find comfort in each other.
Love, McMahon family"
"You are my best friend and my idol and you will always be in my heart and soul. Although my heart is broken and my life will never be the same, I will try as you did, to move forward for the sake of my children and family.
I miss and love you very much,
I am so so sorry for the loss of your mother. Although I have never met her, I feel like I know her through you, Kathy and her beautiful grandchildren. May her memory be eternal and may she rest in peace. God has called her to be a beautiful "Rose" in his garden and to be with her husband and other loved ones. God bless all of you during the difficult time. All our love, Clodette, AJ and Amanda"
"You have always made me feel like one of your daughters. You made it so easy for me to call you "Mom". I will always remember the times we spent together as they are locked within my heart.....and your beautiful smile, your cute little laugh that sometimes had us all laughing too, your special way of making anyone you spoke to feel special. As long as we have memories, we will never be apart! I love you...forever and always!"
Sweet, kind, gorgeous and a smile that lit up any room that she walked into. A true angel has just entered heaven."
It deeply saddens me that God has called you home. I am sure that God felt he needed a beautiful Rose for his winter garden. I will miss your phone calls and how we would catch up on the news of each of our families. I always enjoyed those conversations. You were so proud of your family especially your grandchildren and great grandchildren. Although we couldn't see each other on the phone you voice reflected the glow when you talked about your family. I pray you are free from all the aches and pains that age has brought to you and that you were met at the pearly gates by your beloved husband and son. You will be in my heart always. I am truly blessed to have had you as part of my family."
"The memory of Rose will be in our hearts forever. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time."
"My dear Cousin Rosie was such a very special lady and a blessing to all of us. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. We each have special memories that will keep Rose close to our hearts: her love, her gentleness, her wonderful sense of humor, her love of family history and that special sparkle in her beautiful eyes.
Rosie, you have always been such a beautiful lady, both physically and spiritually and have been the rock on which the whole family could rely on for loving care and guidance. Words just cannot express our feelings; our deepest and sincere sympathies go beyond what one can say. We wish her children, grandchildren and extended family peace, comfort and healing. We are so sorry for this sad loss to her family all of whom are in our thoughts and prayers.
All our love and hugs,
Cousins Theresa (Terri) and Don"
"A wonderful Mother and Friend. She will truly be missed."
"Rose, beautiful and always happy go lucky Rose. While I’m very sadden by the passing of my dear cousin, I will celebrate her long and beautiful life! I will always think of her as the good person she was. Rose always had a smile and an upbeat attitude. I’ll never forget how she often said she remembered changing my diapers when I was a baby. As time went on and I grew up, we shared many wonderful times together and lots of laughs. Even though I’m now live in Florida and didn’t get to see her so often, we spoke on the phone several times a year. I know my life has been made a bit richer and happier for having Rose in my life. I will always remember her fondly.
"Cousin Rose, with loving memories of family get togethers in the old days and much happy memories of love and just being with family. I am so sadden to hear of your passing, you were always such a beautiful lady and a caring and wonderful cousin to my Mom. They are together now once again enjoying their fond memories of their families', and those that have gone to heaven before them. Much love and prayers cousin Mary Lou and Family."
"An angel watching from above
Whom I will always cherish and always love
A ray of light, in a day of rain
Life goes on but not the same
We'll live, we'll grow, we'll move along
Your love alone will keep us strong
We'll tell the tales for generations to come
Of how you were The Golden One
Our love, our life and my best friend
You're gone Grandma, but this is not the end
Your laugh I'll hear for years and years
It will keep me strong and dry my tears
Your love I'll share with future kin
With you on my side I will always win
I'll say farewell but not goodbye
I love you Grandma, with angels you shall fly"
You were a fine lady and everyone would agree that you loved your family very much. Knowing you a long time, you were always so kind to me, my husband Richie and my boys. I know you are in a better place right now. REST IN PEACE."
You are truly the light of my life.
We all shared the early loss of both Edward and Daddy but though they are truly missed, you filled the voids in my heart ever since.
Everyone you came in contact with was touched by your love and affection.
Our entire family always had your warmth to comfort us. Your strength was the perfect model for all the women of the family as was your wisdom to all the men.
Your caring extended to all who knew you as was evident by your abundance of friends.
Although we wish we could have had you a bit longer it is now time for Daddy, Edward, all your parents sibling and lo9ved who has gone before us to share your light.
I am truly broken hearted and now long for the day when we will someday be reunited.
In the meantime rest and enjoy all the rewards of heaven while we all celebrate a women who truly graced us for the last 88yrs,331 days.
I Love You,
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