October 9, 1921-July 11, 2019
Rose Bonarrigo, 97, of Bryan, passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019.
Born in Harlem, New York, the oldest of 5 children, Rose Bonarrigo had the opportunity of going to school for 6 years. She left school to go to work for her family. Rose has spent her entire life helping others.
Working side by side with her husband, Paul, as a Super in a Bronx apartment building, then helping Paul make jewelry enabled them to move to New Jersey and share the good life. When Paul said let’s move to Florida, she packed her bags and supported his every move. She was a good mother to son, Paul Vincent, and daughter, Rose.
She had a great sense of humor. Some of her great quotes: “There is a lid for every pot”, “Bada-Bing”, “Whatever”, and was known for her candid comments. When she found herself alone, she stepped right up and made a great life for herself in Florida and made so many friends as Mama Rosa Rose’ at Messina Hof.
Her life was a triumph of overcoming obstacles. She never met a stranger, made friends wherever she went, and loved casinos, bingo, and her beloved scratches. We celebrate her life as she calls out the numbers in Heaven and the grand bingo game of life.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Russo; mother, Gracie Russo; brother, Dan Russo; and sisters, Lucy and Mary Russo.
Rose is survived by her son, Paul Vincent Bonarrigo and his wife, Merrill; daughter, Rose Holson and her husband, Frank; grandson, Paul Mitchell Bonarrigo and wife Karen; great-granddaughter, Sophia Marie; and great-grandson, Paul Anthony.
A celebration of life will be held at Messina Hof winery in August.
Arrangements are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.
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