ForeverMissed

Alethia "Lisa" Oliva Rosario

My beloved daughter whom is also a great mother, sister, neice, aunt, cousin, and friend has peacefully passed away at the UNC REX Hospital on  February 20, 2019. Now she is with her brother and other loved ones gone before us....we are content and at peace with that because we know her soul is free in heaven as her spirit was on earth.

Alethia “Lisa” was born on April 4, 1975 in Chula Vista, CA., to Antonita and Allen Oliva. As a military dependent, she has lived in many places to include Virginia, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, and Rhode Island before settling in Raleigh, NC.  Lisa was brought up in a loving family consisting of  2 older sisters, Nanci and Edie, a loving step-sister, Jeanna, and her younger brother, Christopher, who she was very close to. She was ever blessed with a wonderful son, Victor Angel Rosario on  December 11, 1996, who was the driving force behind all her contributions in life and her purpose for living. She is the glue that holds us all together.......Lisa was Life!

Lisa had suffered with a 22yr history of diabetes starting at the age of 8. On  June 15, 2004, Lisa had a heart attack at age 29 and had undergone quadruple bypass surgery. She had a difficult time recovering, but Lisa was a fighter and survivor, not just for herself, but for all those around her. She was very courageous in bearing her pains and suffering yet careful not to show it. Lisa became an active spokeswoman for WomenHeart, The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease to bring awareness to others and have given hope to many women suffering the same conditions. 

One of her favorite quotes is:

       Lesser people have done more DIFFICULT THINGS than THIS!

Lisa is survived by her only son, Victor Angel Rosario, her sisters Edie Oliva Wood & Nanci Oliva, her nephew Zach Johnson, step-dad Randy West & family, and of course her devoted mother, Toni Perez West. 

Her body was cremated. At her request, no services will be held, however the family will conduct a memorial gathering on her birthday sometime in April 2019. Location will be provided at a later date.

We thank all her family and friends for sharing their memories of joy, sadness, laughter, and love with us. Thank you also to Cremation Society of the Carolinas for making this a peaceful, caring, and loving time of sadness. May the Almighty God bless you all.

Posted by DeArra Foster on April 5, 2019
Alethia was a beautiful heart sister! Facebook allowed us to share our lives.I loved seeing her all dressed up and having fun. I could feel the love she had for her son. May her joyful heart and the memories she leaves behind comfort you. 
Posted by Ann DeVelasco on April 5, 2019
As a fellow Heartsister, I remember Lisa so vividly as a young, but very inspiring survivor, who was committed to advocate for women with heart disease and share her story to give hope and inspiration.Despite her many health struggles, I loved seeing her posts on Facebook-always able to smile in the face of insurmountable odds. Her love for her family, especially for her son, was always apparent. I hope your beautiful memories of your brave and devoted Lisa, as well of those of the many she touched, will comfort you. Rest In Peace, no more suffering❤️
Posted by Sarah Paddock on April 5, 2019
My dear heart sister Lisa. We met in 2003 at the Mayo Clinic WomenHeart training and remained friends. She was a peaceful fighter! She remained faithful and loving through her struggles, always encouraging and optimistic that something was better beyond. I will miss you dear friend. I wished that you could have come to visit me in Alaska. Maybe you are here in Spirit. God Bless you and I know you are in peace. Fly high angel.
Posted by LISA'S FAMILY on March 21, 2019
She makes sense to all our troubles and gives them ease and comfort. She's very courageous in bearing her pains and suffering, and careful not to show it.  She is the glue that holds us all together. She is very missed.
Posted by Treena Dolence on March 20, 2019
A beautiful homage for a beautiful woman; Lisa will always be remembered with a loving smile. Rest peacefully, sweet girl; now you can shine and help from above, at Father God's side...
Posted by Nanci Oliva on March 20, 2019
I will never forget our great times. As sisters we've had ups and downs but by far more ups.. I know u are free now and no longer in pain but i miss you every minute of everyday. When i hear songs you loved i smile and cry. I love you forever sissy..
Posted by LISA'S FAMILY on March 20, 2019
Lisa loves to go dancing with her sisters and dressing up for the holidays....she knew how to have FUN and live LIFE to its fullest gusto! We will always miss the fun and laughter we all shared with her.
Posted by LISA'S FAMILY on March 20, 2019
Lisa was always a winner in everything she does. She never hesitated to give her loving and helping guide to all those who are hurting by making sense to all their troubles giving them ease and comfort.

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Posted by DeArra Foster on April 5, 2019
Alethia was a beautiful heart sister! Facebook allowed us to share our lives.I loved seeing her all dressed up and having fun. I could feel the love she had for her son. May her joyful heart and the memories she leaves behind comfort you. 
Posted by Ann DeVelasco on April 5, 2019
As a fellow Heartsister, I remember Lisa so vividly as a young, but very inspiring survivor, who was committed to advocate for women with heart disease and share her story to give hope and inspiration.Despite her many health struggles, I loved seeing her posts on Facebook-always able to smile in the face of insurmountable odds. Her love for her family, especially for her son, was always apparent. I hope your beautiful memories of your brave and devoted Lisa, as well of those of the many she touched, will comfort you. Rest In Peace, no more suffering❤️
Posted by Sarah Paddock on April 5, 2019
My dear heart sister Lisa. We met in 2003 at the Mayo Clinic WomenHeart training and remained friends. She was a peaceful fighter! She remained faithful and loving through her struggles, always encouraging and optimistic that something was better beyond. I will miss you dear friend. I wished that you could have come to visit me in Alaska. Maybe you are here in Spirit. God Bless you and I know you are in peace. Fly high angel.
her Life

My heart aches for the loss of this beautiful being I love so much...no matter what Lisa had to endure, she never stopped having fun in her life and making the best of any situation. Her life journey was inspirational to me as I watched her grow on facebook and all the silly pics she would post..Angel, Edie, Nan, Zac & my dearest sister Nick...God speed peace to your heart & soul knowing that she is finally free of pain and is with her loving brother Chris....I love you all and will always be here for you.

Dorez Seals

Rest In Peace my Friend. A beautiful soul is never forgotten. May the comfort of God help her family through this difficult time. — with Alethia Oliva Rosario.

Kim Pope Sasser

Witty Tibbar....1000% FACT.... No matter what. You are and will always be.

Margo Lewis...Absolutely. You will always be her shining star, always be the best thing she ever did in her life. You are her workd, and she will continue to watch over you from above. Love you Angel.

Auntie Rosita....Angel, your moms spirit with always be with you and in you!

Auntie Dorez.....Angel, you are no doubt her most precious gem and is so very proud of you.....always know she will always be where you are and where you go guiding you along your way....we love you!


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Heart Sisters Forever

Shared by Jody Knack on April 6, 2019

My heart breaks each time I lose a special Heart Sister. We met during our Mayo training in 2003. Rest well sweet Alethia ❤️

Shared by LISA'S FAMILY on March 20, 2019

My beautiful and dear, dear friend and ❤️sister Lisa is ill. She fought so hard! Please pray for Lisa, her mom, her sisters, and her loving and wonderful son. We met in 2003 at the Mayo Clinic during the WomenHeart training and event. We became fast friends; later because of the wonderful program, WomenHeart, we met again in Indiana and Washington, DC. Lisa and I kept in touch all these years, she touched my heart. Today, I was sad for no reason. I have been thinking of her as I hadn't heard from her. I read the post where she is very ill. God bless my sister Alethia. She is an inspiring true friend and an angel.

Sarah Paddock

Rice between the toes...

Shared by Ray Perez on March 21, 2019

When she was just a little "Punkie", uncle Phil and I would put rice between her toes and watch her try to get it out by wiggling her toes. Not knowing she could simply use her hands to remove the rice, she quickly became frustrated. That look of sheer concentration and frustration was timeless tip today.