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Rosina DiStefano

May 3, 1926 May 26, 2020
Rosina DiStefano
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Obituary for Rosina DiStefano

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Rosina DiStefano (nee Canzano) was born in the beautiful seaside town of Fossacesia, Italy, on May 3,1926 to Giovanni and Giuseppina Canzano. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on her mother’s birthday, May 26 at the age of 94. She was the oldest of 12 children and developed into a natural born leader at a young age. She was involved in her church and community growing up in Italy. There she met Luigi “Gino” DiStefano and they married in August 1947 after surviving the horrors of World War II.

After their marriage, both Rose and Gino started their own businesses, with Rose opening a dress shop where she designed and produced custom clothing. Her specialty was bridal gowns.

In 1956 the family moved to the United States where they would live for the rest of their lives, primarily in Livonia. Rose continued working as a dress maker and seamstress for several establishments; however, the most important position ever held by Rose was that of the matriarch of her family. Her love for family was overwhelming. Meals were a feast and family visits were festive.

She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by all.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Gino and daughter-in-law, Debbie. She was also preceded in death by two infant children, Lorenzo and Maria Laura, and brothers: Antonio, Nicola, Mario, and Victorio. She is survived by her 3 children, Lamberto “Bert” DiStefano, Laura Cerretani (John), and Pina Newman (Thomas), and her 6 grandchildren, Michael (Isabel), Danielle Kemp (Robert), Lisa, Andrea Cerretani, Alexandra Ross (Christian), and Julia Newman. She is also the great-grandmother of 5 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Dora, Giulia, Mariolina, Silvana, Adriana, Bruno, and Franco, and many loving in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A private family Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Collette Catholic Church, Livonia, on Saturday, May 30th. A public celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Entombment will take place privately in St. Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights.

Memorials appreciated to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mount Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207 or a charity of the donor’s choice.


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