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Rosa Calabrese

March 22, 1927 — July 31, 2020

Rosa Calabrese

Rosa Calabrese passed away July 31, 2020 in her home in Akron, Ohio with family by her side.
Born and raised in Gioiosa Marea, Sicily, Rosa came to America in 1966. She first worked at Antonino’s restaurant before working for over 40 years at Mama Rosas’s Pizza Shop. Rosa was a member of Saint Anthony’s Church and also a member of the Santa Monica club, Sicilian American Women’s club, and the Patterson Park club. One of the great joys of her life was cooking for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Salvatore & Maria (Bisci) Fana; husband, Carmelo; son-in-law, Joseph Gaglio; nephew, Vittorio Fana; and brothers, Domenic & Joe Fana.
She is survived by her loving family, children, Angela, Frank, Sam, and Tina Calabrese, and Maria Gaglio; grandchildren, Carmelo (Lindsay), Mariarosa, Giovanni, and Christina Gaglio, and Angela (Jeremy) Waid; great grandchildren, Roman and Giovanna Waid, and Milania and Antonia Gaglio; sister, Sara Bonfiglio, who still lives in Sicily; several sisters-in law, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, 11:00 am at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 83 Mosser Place, Akron, Ohio 44310 with Rev. Father Edward Burba, Celebrant. Rosa's final resting place will be Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tina’s Alzheimer’s Walk through the Alzheimer’s Association at

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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St. Anthony Catholic Church

83 Mosser Place, Akron, OH 44310

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