Rose F. Scalise, age 100, of Brooklyn, New York, departed this life on August 13, 2018, in Marble Falls, Texas. She was born on December 11, 1917, to Rudolph and Concetta (Gentile) Scalise in Brooklyn, New York.
Rose was strong, independent and hardworking. She worked as a dressmaker for many years in Brooklyn. She very much enjoyed her work and was proud of her accomplishments. Rose lived on her own and supported herself as a young woman in the big city during an era when such a feat was not common. She was a lifetime member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, which promoted better pay and working conditions for dressmakers, like herself, in the large garment factories of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Newark. Being of Italian descent, Rose’s parents instilled in her the value of putting in a good day’s work. Rose held those values close and leaves behind a legacy of strength and tenacity.
Rose was tediously organized. Years in advance, Rose preplanned and paid for her funeral arrangements, ensuring every detail – down to the songs – was arranged. She was moved to Marble Falls to live near her family a few years ago. Even at the age of 97, Rose carried a mental inventory of her favorite items – thus the reason, her family painstakingly packed every plate in her collection for the move. They knew if one plate didn’t make it, Rose would know.
Most treasured to Rose was her faith. She was a devout Catholic and attended Lady of Angels Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn for many years, faithfully and generously supporting the church with her finances. It was her dearest wish to be laid to rest with her parents in the sacred Roman Catholic burial ground, St. John Cemetery, in Middle Village, Queens, New York.
Rose was preceded in death by her parents and brother Ralph Scalise.
She leaves behind her great niece and nephews Terese Jansen, Marin Stefan and Dr. Jeremy Lambert and wife Leah and great-great nephew Liam Lambert.
Viewing will be from 8:00 – 9:00 AM on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at McLaughlin and Sons Funeral Home, 9620 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, New York. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 AM on Saturday at Lady of Angels Church, 7320 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY with Monsignor Kevin Noone as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery, 80-01 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village, NY.
Arrangements to deliver Rose home to New York for burial are entrusted to Cremation Advocates by Putnam, 206 Avenue H, Suite 204, Marble Falls, Texas 78654. (830) 798-8413