Rose R. ‘Miss Rose’ Cocci, bishop’s aunt, dies

Rose R. “Miss Rose” Cocci, 90, the aunt of Bishop Joseph A. Galante, died Monday, Nov. 15, at Chandler Hall in Newtown, Pa.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Rocco and Emma (Re) Cocci; devoted sister of the late Edith M. (Leonard) Galante and Charles C. Cocci; sister-in-law of Annabelle Cocci; beloved aunt of Bishop Galante, Francis R., William L., Paul C. Galante, Emma Marie, Charles D. Cocci, Donna L. Sgrillo and Francine Rementer. She is also survived by many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Miss Rose was a teacher of second grade at Queen of the Universe in Levittown, Pa., for 37 years where she was famous for high heels, “beehive” hairdo, capes, and the expressions in “bold articles” (boys) and “Lady Jane” (girls) for students who misbehaved.

Miss Rose grew up in Holmesburg, and graduated from St. Hubert’s School. After teaching as a substitute and full-time teacher in St. Dominic’s School in Holmesburg, she taught briefly at St. Martin of Tours School in Northeast Philadelphia before joining the faculty at Queen of the Universe in 1959. On weekends, she was a cook and housekeeper at Catholic rectories.

A funeral Mass was celebrated last Saturday at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, followed by Rite of Committal at St. Dominic Cemetery.

Memorials in Miss Rose’s name may be made to Chandler Hall, 99 Barclay St., Newtown, Pa. 18940.

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