Jan. 3, 1918 - Sept. 17, 2011
Rosie Marie "Rose" Pesciallo of Stayton, Ore., formerly of Milton-Freewater, passed away Sept. 17, 2011, at her home at the age of 93 years. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be Friday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 722 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, with Father Patrick Kerst officiating. Concluding services and interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the M-F Library, St. Francis Churches in Milton-Freewater or Walla Walla, or the charity of the donor's choice through the funeral home.
Rosie was born Jan. 3, 1918, in Walla Walla, to Italian immigrants, Giulio "Julius" and Maria Moro Ponti of the Lombardia region. On April 23, 1938, she married Fritz I. Amato, and the couple moved to Portland. She was widowed at a very early age and was left with two young children, Rosmarie Amato Lieuallen and Dennis Amato.
On April 17, 1948, she married Bert Pesciallo and had two more children, Linda Pesciallo Williams and Gary Pesciallo. Rosie took two families and made one home. For years, Rosie was an active member of the St. Francis of Assisi Altar Society and Pleasant View Community Club where she and her friends prepared spaghetti and meatball dinners for fundraisers.
Her capacity for finding joy in life never ceased, not even in her final morning. When challenged by life's struggles, we can become embittered, embattled and entrenched. Rosie always chose to rise, regain and rejoin. She possessed talents from cooking, gardening, upholstering, sewing to hard farm work, delicate handcrafts, and singing. She was a magnet to hearts that were heavy, and they found in her solace, acceptance, and if needed, tough love. Each day she appeared immaculately turned out with her pearl white hair and smile. Her never-ceasing positive spirit would radiate around her. Her love of reading, word games and social interaction nourished a heart and mind of someone appearing so very much younger in years. We all forgot just how old this good heart was.
Do not be sorry for our loss. Be envious that she was ours for so long.
Bert, her husband of 56 years, preceded her in passing in 2006. She is survived by her children, Rosemarie Amato Lieuallen, Dennis Amato, Linda Pesciallo Williams and Gary Pesciallo; grandchildren, Rocco Lieuallen, Michele Amato and Michael, Christopher and Matthew Williams; great-grandchildren, Maggie Jane and Elsie Rose Williams and Indira Jane Lieuallen; two older sisters, Louise and Linda Aliverti and a younger brother, Ambrose Ponti; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Her parents, sister Madeline Talarico and brother John Ponti all preceded her in death.