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Rosa (Casamassima) Boni
February 11, 1941 ~ December 9, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Age 82, of Lehighton, Pennsylvania, passed away on Saturday December, 9th, 2023 surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was born on February 11, 1941 to the late Pasquale and Petronilla (Lomangino) Casamassima in Bari, Italy.
Rosa immigrated from Italy to New York City in 1958 when she was 17 years old and worked as a seamstress. She would leave New York after starting a family and move to a small town in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It is here she began her first venture as an entrepreneur, opening her own clothing manufacturing business. Rosal Sportswear grew to 60+ employees and became a manufacturer for companies such as Alfred Dunner, which was then sold in Macy’s. She closed Rosal Sportswear after 21 years in business but this would not be the last of her achievements. Rosa along with three of her children operated Erin Shores Motel, in Wildwood, New Jersey and eventually Rosetta’s, an Italian restaurant business in Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania.
Rosa was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her family meant everything to her. Her greatest joy was preparing traditional Italian dinners for family and friends on Sundays. Rosa enjoyed going to the casino and supported the Senior Citizens of Pennsylvania throughout her life by purchasing scratch-off lottery tickets. She often said an Italian phrase that translated “crazy who plays and crazy who doesn’t play” and insisted if she continued to play she would win “big”. The good Lord and the State of Pennsylvania Lottery Commission found it fit to give it all back, and then some, in the final years of her life.
Rosa was a long time parishioner of Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church. She was a devout Catholic and steadfast in her faith. She was never without her cross necklace and started and ended her days in prayer. She carried the Sacred Heart of Jesus prayer card with her wherever she traveled including every hospital visit. She lived by the sayings “God will provide” and “dai, e ti sara dato - give and it will be given to you”.
Preceding her in death are her siblings, Frank Casamassima, Maria Casamassima and Dorothy Miele. She is survived by children Aldo (Tyra) Boni, Pasquale “Pat” (Kathy) Boni, Tonia Boni Bastone, and Lorena (Brian) Zebert; She was lovingly called “Nonna” by her grandchildren, Miranda (Ben) Wommer, Gabriella (Dominic) Lorenzo, Calina and Dante Boni, Andrew, Ava, and Michael Zebert, and Adam and Sofia Bastone; great grandchildren, Weston, Declan, Evelyn, and Adelin Wommer; sister Margie (Joseph) Bernardini and many nieces and nephews.
Rosa was a remarkable, loyal, and resilient woman. She had an infectious personality and a unique sense of humor. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Services: Her funeral will be held Thursday, December 14th. Mass of a Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, 2nd and Coal Street, Lehighton, PA. Calling hours will be at Ovsak Funeral Home, 4th and Iron Street in Lehighton on Wednesday December 13th from 2 - 4 pm and 6 - 8 pm.
Interment will be at Holy Saviour Cemetery, 2575 Linden Street Bethlehem, PA 18017.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley 3501 Corporate Parkway, Center Valley, Pa. 18034 in support of her granddaughter, Ava Zebert. or use https://thegivingblock.com/donate/pcflv/