Rose Marie Lonero passed away peacefully on February 1, 2022, at the age of 89, surrounded by her family.
Rose is honored and cherished by her beloved children Suzanne (Daniel) Thomas, Kathleen (Peter †) Hagedorn, Greg (Melba) Lonero, Valerie (John) Deck, and her grandchildren, Megan (Josh), Lauren, Conner, Wyatt , and great-grandson, Carter. She will be missed by her two loving brothers, Frank Gerace (Marie) and Harry Zilli Jr. (Sharon) as well as her caring cousins, nephews and nieces.
Rose is predeceased by her beloved husband, George (married for nearly 68 years), her parents Millie Gerace and Harry Zilli, and her stepfather Sam Gerace.
Born May 8, 1932, Rose grew up in Cleveland, Ohio on a neighborhood street near St. Rocco’s Church, which our family loves. She was a sweet and hard-working girl who learned early on the bonds that unite a family. The adoration Rose had for her parents and brothers was evident and it was just the beginning of a deep love our kind-hearted matriarch created for our entire family. A love that has crossed the generations and that resonates in each of us today.
Almost 70 years ago, Rose and George’s love story began when Cupid’s arrow struck them and bound them forever. In his words “he was the love of my life” and together they built a family and a lifetime of memories filled with affection, laughter, music, celebrations, Italian food, Italian baking, family reunions, dancing, snowmobiling, swimming, boating, silly home videos and so much more.
Rose (often referred to as “Rosie” or “Rosebud”) was an avid reader and also a talented woman. She loved to sew and was a wonderful knitter. We benefited from his talents with gifts of homemade blankets, sweaters and slippers. She always has a plan! Rose also loved to travel and worked as a travel agent for many years.
But Rose’s most passionate hobby was her family. This is where his heart lived and inspiration flourished. She loved her husband, children and grandchildren with all her heart and soul. They were the central stones of his universe. She called us her blessing but she was truly ours.
It’s hard to put into words the magnitude of a mother’s love. You feel it throughout life and cherish it even more in death. The beautiful legacy Rose left flows through us and reminds us to be kind, humble and generous to one another – traits we promise to follow with Mom’s tender, loving heart in mind.
Rest, mom, our sweet angel. We miss you so much, but you will forever be in our hearts.
All services will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 929 Pearl Road, Brunswick. Visitation for family and friends will be from noon to 1 p.m. and the Christian burial mass will begin at 1 p.m. Private burial for immediate family only.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please keep the Lonero family close in your thoughts and prayers.
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Posted by Jardine Funeral Home, Inc. – Strongsville on February 3, 2022.