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Rosemarie  DeLuca

Rosemarie DeLuca

Tuesday, May 20th, 1930 Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

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Obituary for Rosemarie Anne DeLuca (LaSala)

DeLuca, Rosemarie (nee LaSala) – 89, of Franklin Lakes, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2020. Born in New York, NY she grew up in Westchester County, NY, in the Fleetwood, Mt. Vernon, and Bronxville areas, before moving to Franklin Lakes with her beloved husband, John, in December of 1968. She graduated high school in 1948 from The Ursuline School in New Rochelle, NY and graduated Berkley Business School (Berkley College) in White Plains, NY in 1949. Rosemarie was a longtime and faithful parishioner of Most Blessed Sacrament RC Church in Franklin Lakes.

Devoted wife of 59 years to the late John Robert DeLuca (2013). Rosemarie lovingly and faithfully raised 2 daughters and 3 sons. Loving mother to Elaine Knorr and her husband, Tim, of Lanoka Harbor, NJ, Nora DeBellis and her husband, Joseph, of Easton, CT, Mark DeLuca and his wife, Joan, of Morris Twp, NJ, Brian DeLuca of Franklin Lakes, NJ, and John DeLuca of Portland, OR. Rosemarie has a loving sister, Mae Aiello, of Tarrytown, NY, and is predeceased by her brother Francis LaSala in 1986. She was also a loving and devoted grandmother to seven grandchildren, Christopher, Kathleen, Julianne, Andrew, Emily, Steven, and Zachary.

Rosemarie (Rosemary) was an Antiques dealer and avid collector for 41 years. She could be found every day in her antiques shop, Aviary Antiques, until her retirement in 2003. On occasion she gave lectures on Antiques and for a brief period wrote an Antiques column.

She also enjoyed attending antique shows and auctions. The study of antiques and collections were her passions. Her husband, John, enjoyed woodworking and restorations, and after his retirement in 1990, he helped her tremendously in her Antiques business.

The family will receive family and friends on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 at Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home, 530 High Mountain Road, Franklin Lakes.
Funeral mass Saturday 10:00AM at St Paul’s RC Church, 220 Wyckoff Ave, Ramsey, NJ. Entombment at Mary Rest Cemetery, 770 Darlington Avenue, Mahwah, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Rosemarie’s memory to Eva’s Village, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07501 (evasvillage.org). Eva’s Village helps the hungry, homeless, and addicted in Paterson, NJ. Donations can also be made to the Ursuline School, 1354 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10804.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Rosemarie Anne DeLuca (LaSala), please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 13th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home
    530 High Mountain Road
    FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ
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    Friday, March 13th, 2020
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, March 13th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Memorial Home
    530 High Mountain Road
    FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ
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    Friday, March 13th, 2020
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Service

    Saturday, March 14th, 2020 | 10:00am
    St. Paul's RC Church
    200 Wyckoff Ave.
    RAMSEY, NJ
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    Saturday, March 14th, 2020
    10:00am
    Officiant
    Father John Job
  • Interment

    Mary Rest Cemetery
    770 Darlington Avenue
    MAHWAH, NJ
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ELIZABETH & LOUIS DELUCA, With our Deepest Sympathy, Joanne & Adam Daversa, and others have sent flowers to the family of Rosemarie Anne DeLuca (LaSala).
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ELIZABETH & LOUIS DELUCA, With our Deepest Sympathy, Joanne & Adam Daversa, and others have sent flowers to the family of Rosemarie Anne DeLuca (LaSala).
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Here's a video which highlights my mother's life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUta3CBaWLo
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Eulogy crafted by Rosemary's children and read by Elaine DeLuca Knorr at her service:

Good morning everyone.

I thank you for joining us today to celebrate the life of Rosemarie Ann LaSala DeLuca, or as she preferred.... Rosemary. For anyone who doesn’t know me, my name is Elaine Knorr and my siblings are Nora, Mark, Brian and John, and Rosemary was our mom. This is a collection of thoughts from all of us and I’m here this morning as the messenger.

I want to begin by saying our mother was an incredible woman. She had two core passions in life. Her love of family, and her love of antiques. She was adored by her husband John DeLuca until his death 6 1/2 years ago.

Our mom had so many wonderful traits. The most prominent was her sweet, loving nature along with her independence. She started her antiques business back in the late 60’s while raising a family much before it was commonplace for a woman raising a family to have a career. But at the center of it all was her love of family.

Our Mother was born on May 20, 1930. Her childhood was filled with love and devotion to her large Sicilian family. Some of her favorite times growing up were going to Sunday mass, along with Sunday gatherings consisting of a big family meal, prepared by her Mother, Angelina & Nonny.(her grandmother.) The family would play cards all afternoon while listening to Italian music. She would tell us how her numerous cousins were also her source of friendship and how her father Jack LaSala was so dear to her. She spoke of him lovingly very often throughout her entire life emulating him in the way she lived her life and in her relationships with others.

We spent the last several years helping Mom research her Italian heritage and all the previous LaSala and Guidera generations, here in the New York area and in Corleone, Sicily. It was not uncommon to sit for 6 or 7 hours at a time researching through Ancestry.com, looking through old newspapers, photos, and articles from a variety of web sites to find names, places and interesting notations from relatives of previous generations. Mom would recount endless stories of cousins, Aunts, Uncles, numerous Family weddings, anectodes like her dads tomato garden on Pondfield Road, a new boyfriend from Brooklyn paying a visit and her mother’s reaction, when Nonny took her on the bus to shop on Arthur Avenue, certain Italian sayings, the growth and projects of LaSala Construction business etc...all these stories along with her Sicilian generations going back to the 1600-1700’s are all documented in her Ancestry.com account which will continue to be a work in progress for years to come.

In talking about our mother’s past she has always loved the beach. LBI was her favorite as evidenced by the numerous LBI tee shirts she wore. And it's no surprise that she met the love of her life in Spring Lake New Jersey, at the Jersey Shore Labor Day weekend in 1952. Our mother and father both attended Sunday mass at St Katherine's church where they met. Our mother's smile could light up a room and no doubt captured my father's attention, and then captured his heart. So much so that while in may be hard for us to imagine knowing each of them, they engaged at Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, after only three months of courtship with marriage the following May. I say this because my father was never inclined to act impulsively. On the other hand, mom was more of a free-spirit and no doubt instilled and inspired that in my father.

Our mother generously expressed love for our father and all of us. And just as she inherited that trait from her father, we inherit that from her. She always kissed and hugged us, and somehow managed to balance giving us an abundance of love while ensuring we had discipline. As anyone can imagine, raising five children gave her ample opportunity to find the right balance.

As children occasionally do, we would get into trouble. John remembers stealing some candy at a store one time and although she was furious with him, she sensed his genuine fear and embarrassment when caught, and that led to love over punishment. That's not to say he didn't get punished....., but she first tended to his emotions, and later to his behavior. We had a bench in the front hall of our home in Mt Vernon, where we all sat for punishments to think about our wrongdoings- some of us spent more time on the bench than others.....

Her love and generosity drove her professional and personal life. She created and cultivated a successful antiques business for most of her life. She had storefronts in Ridgewood, Murray Hill, Millburn and her last store in Ho-Ho-Kus, which she closed 14 years ago. We all remember filling in at the store, helping during our high school years so she could shop for inventory. Our Mom had a black belt in shopping, whether she was buying a beautiful piece of furniture for her store, a piece of Halcyon Days for one of her kids collections, or a new hat for Dad. I was always in awe of her wonderful knack for choosing just the right gift, for the right person or occasion. I remember shopping with her and she chose a seashore boating picture to give to my husband Tim, an avid boater, which he framed and loves to this day. But there’s no doubt, antiques were more than just a business.

She originally called her store Rosemary's Baby, because it was a love of hers. Even when the name was changed to Aviary Antiques to reflect her love of birdcages, in all their architectural beauty, the love of the business remained. Her affinity for the antique business didn’t end with her love for the antiques and the story behind them, it was the medium that provided connections with the people who shared her passion. She truly enjoyed the relationships she built with her regular customers, and other dealers as much as, if not more than her passion for antiques.

She also had a passion for the written word. Especially as she got older, as she spent hours reading every day mostly the NY Times, or the Bergen Record. She enjoyed watching the news and keeping up on what was going on in the world and she especially loved listening to music. She would share articles, newspaper ads or certain notations that she felt resonated with someone. She'd often send a newspaper article about something related to work, family history, an obit of a family member, a beautifully designed space,or a city to travel to. Of course, being an avid reader, she also wrote. She would pen a beautiful story or poem and mail it. She wasn't much into email.....but rather preferred the more personal and tangible hand written letter. She loved sharing joy and love in that way as much as she loved receiving it.

We love our Mom very much and we’ll miss her dearly. Her life touched so many people and we will continue to live our lives the way that she taught us. To work hard, and to lead with love. Her kindness and warm-heartedness will continue to inspire those who were lucky enough to know her and be loved by her. Rest in peace, Mom.....From your loving 5.
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ELIZABETH & LOUIS DELUCA

Our deepest sympathy and prayers for Aunt Rosemarie. With Love , Elizabeth & Louis Deluca
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With our Deepest Sympathy, Joanne & Adam Daversa

Dear DeLuca Family, With heartfelt condolences at this difficult time, we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.
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With our Deepest Sympathy, Joanne & Adam Daversa purchased the The FTD Pastel Peace Basket for the family of Rosemarie DeLuca.
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