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Frances Rose Roberto

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Frances Rose Roberto, our loving and devoted mother, on January 31, 2024, at the age of 109, entered heaven. 

Born on October 3, 1914, in Calabria, Italy, she was the wife of Gildo Roberto, Sr. (deceased), and the daughter of Salvatore and Vittoria Marte, (deceased).

She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Enola, PA, and a former member of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Harrisburg. She said her rosaries and prayers every day.

Rosie leaves behind 6 of her 7 children: Mary Magaro (widow of Samuel), Salvatore (Immacolata), Dominic (Monet), Frank (widower of June), Frances Ann Leiter (Terry) and Gildo, Jr. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Natalia in 1937. She leaves behind 60 descendants, including her 6 living children, 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great grandchildren; also 2 step-grandchildren and 1 step-great-grandchild. Also preceded in death were 2 grandsons, baby Magaro, and Salvatore Roberto, Jr., and a former son-in-law, Patrick Carracoli. She also leaves behind a sister, Angelina and 2 brothers, Salvatore Jr. and Gildo; as well as 5 deceased siblings; one brother and 4 sisters.                                                 

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 10AM-12PM at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12PM following the viewing. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Derry St. Harrisburg.

In lieu of flowers, Contributions may be made to:  Grane Hospice Care,1200 Camp Hill Bypass Suite 205, Camp Hill, PA 17011, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Enola, or to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Harrisburg.

The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Roberto family.

16 comments on “Frances Rose Roberto”

  1. To Mr & Mrs Dominic Roberto + Mr Mike Roberto:
    Saluting a life well lived and the honorable Roberto – Marte and related families legacies. I wonder about Mike (and all my former students) from time to time. All grown up for a LONG time now, Im confident he is successful in every area of life.
    With sympathy and salute for a life well lived,
    CDHS Resource Specialist Emeritus –
    2nd cousin to Ronnie & Florina Stambaugh.
    (Small world isnt it?)

  2. May our Lord and Savior bring peace to Frances family. I did not have the pleasure of knowing Frances, however after seeing her birth date and date of her passing ~ 109 years ~ I had to read her story. Her legacy here must have been exceptional, as God chose not to call her home until she passed well over a century on this earth. May she rest in peace now, having served our Lord. Servant, Job well done!!!!

  3. God Bless you Francis. You are finally home after an amazing 109 years of life, love and laughter on this earth. I so enjoyed seeing you at church every Saturday. While I did not know you very well you touched my heart in a special way with your beautiful smile and zest for life. I know you are now with your Lord and Savior….You will be missed,…However, Know that your “life well lived” will be celebrated by all you have touched in your life. You certainly have left a beautiful legacy for all your family and friends to cherish. Rest in Peace Frances.

    God Bless, Stephen and Laurie Chadwick

  4. To the Roberto and Magaro Family.

    I want to share my sympathy and prayers for your families, on the departing of your Mother. I remember Comare Rosie from my childhood. My family used to visit her house on 6th Street in Harrisburg. We all went to Our Lady’s, and I used to enjoy my time spent with the twins, both at school and the pizza shop.
    She and my Grandmother, Rose were both from the same town, Calabria. She
    certainly had a long life. I can’t quite fathom all the changes she has lived through in her lifetime. It certainly is amazing when you think about it.
    I am sure she is in heaven with Jesus her savior and lord.
    I know you all have loving memories of her. May they sustain you till you are reunited with her again.
    I know the angels have led her into paradise, and she is rejoicing.
    May you all find comfort and peace in knowing she is finally at rest. And I know how much she will be missed by her loving family.
    I offer my condolences and prayers at this difficult time. May you all find peace
    and love for the Godly life she led.
    With my sympathy and prayers.

    Glenn Diritto
    (Josephine’s son)

  5. Condolences to Frannie Roberto Leiter from the class of 64 and to the remainder of the Roberto family. Mom was a sweet and caring lady👍😃. Please accept my sympathies. May she rest in heavenly peace👍😃❤️. God bless🙏🙏.

  6. Fran,

    I remember that your mom was as old as my mom and that she came from Cosenza as my grammy did. We were going to have her show us how to make Scalidi. Sadly we never did. Please know that I am thinking of you and George and I send our condolences..

  7. Dear Dominic and Monet,

    I fondly recall the stories you would share about your lovely mother.
    May she rest in peace.

    Susan Detweiler

  8. Frank: I just read that you’ve lost your mother. You often spoke of how strong and faithful she was to her family and her Savior, even at 100+ years. You know she is now with her Savior. I did not know you also lost your dear June; such a lovely lady. With the loss of the two most prominent ladies in your life, you are due deep condolences, so I extend my true sympathy to you. May God keep you in His care.

  9. Dear Terry and Franny

    It was an honor to be a part of Rose’s life.
    May God comfort you in this time off your loss.

    (Home Helpers Caregiver)

  10. Dear Maggie, Sam & The Roberto family..we were saddened to hear of your dear Mother’s passing…. I always loved meeting her at functions, she was a dear lady & will always be remembered & missed..R.I.P. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Thoughts & prayers, Mary & Albert

  11. Dear Frank and the entire Roberto Family

    I am so saddened to learn of your mother’s passing. There are no words that can truly describe what a wonderful woman she was. Just fantastic and loved by all. I loved seeing her at the William Penn reunions and just being able to talk with her. What a wonderful and long life she led. She is truly with God now and looking over all of us and smiling.
    May your Mom’s memory always be for a blessing and may she Rest in Peace. My prayers are with the entire family.

    Bobby Snyder

  12. Frank and family. So very sorry for your loss. Many memories for you all. A blessed long life for sure.

  13. To the Roberto Family:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all..your mom was an amazing woman and I’m sure will be missed by many..
    Prayers for your family🙏🏻

  14. Our family was truly blessed to have Nanny with us for 109 years. She taught us so much growing up. Her famous sauce and meatballs, which no one to this day can ever make them taste as good as she did, making Easter bread, Christmas cookies, cookies for weddings and many other fond memories that we will never forget. The most important and best thing she gave us was our wonderful mother (Mary). Thank you for being such a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and as my granddaughters would call her, great great old nanny. We love you and we know you’re healthy and happy. We are blessed to have another angel looking down on us. Hughs & Kisses

  15. Oh Dear I wish I had seen this earlier so I could come to her service. She was the energizer bunny and a tiny spitfire. Hugs for her family esp Frank and Fran.

    Audrey Snyder Novinger

  16. On behalf of the William Penn Class of ’61, I extend prayers and condolences to Frankie and the entire Roberto family on the death of a wonderful person. We hoped she would live forever and attend many more of our class reunions.

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