Rosaria Manasseri

OSWEGO, NY – Rosaria Manasseri, 97, a resident of West Eighth Street passed away on Wednesday Oct. 19, 2011, at Oswego Hospital.

Born in New York City, she was a daughter of the late Antonio and Caterina (Arena) Zappala and had attended Oswego schools.

She was a member of the St. Joseph’s Legion of Mary, RSVP and was the queen of Tops.

She was an avid traveler who enjoyed gardening and crocheting.

Rosaria Manasseri
Rosaria Manasseri

Rosaria was well known as a volunteer at Oswego Hospital.

She was a homemaker who is survived by five children, Rosalia Secor of Oswego, Benedetta (Michael) Harrington of Oswego, Catherine Pullen of Oswego, Anthony (Mary Ann Lynch) Manasseri of Texas and Josephine (Michael) Adams of Dexter NY.; two sisters, Angeline Santore of Oswego and Rose Manasseri of Oswego; two brothers, John (Alice) Zappala of Oswego and Sam (Genevieve) Zappala of Oswego; 18 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Benedetto (Benny) Manasseri, in 1980.

God looked around his garden and found an empty place. He then looked down upon his earth and saw your tired face. He puts his arms around you and lifted you to rest. God’s Garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He saw the road was getting rough and the hills too hard to climb so he closed your weary eyes and whispered “Peace be Thine”. It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn’t go alone for part of us went with you the day God called you home.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. from St. Joseph’s Church.

There are no calling hours.

Entombment will be in All Saints’ Mausoleum.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are in care of the Dowdle Funeral Home.


  1. Rosalee and Kay, What a beautiful poem you have written. It says it all. You will miss your Mom,you were lucky to have her for so long.Which makes it all the more of a loss. I remember your Mom she was a lovely lady.

    Sincerely,Anne (Sheridan)Dodds

  2. Kay, Rosalee & Family
    Our sympathies are with you. You surely have wonderful memories – those will never go away – take comfort in them.
    Roger & Marion Looker

  3. She was the Greatest grandmother i could ever ask for. I’m Glad she is with God now. I love you Gram.

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