Rose M. Gampetro Matasic – Obituary – Mahoning Valley

Nov. 1, 1923 — Oct. 14, 2021 (age 97)

CANFIELD — Rose M. Gampetro Matasic, 97, passed away peacefully Thursday (Oct. 14) after a brief illness.

Rose was born Nov. 1, 1923 in Youngstown, the daughter of Joseph and Josephine Spagna Giampietro.

Rose was a 1944 graduate of East High School.

Rose worked as a clerk at Strouss-Hirschburg. She then worked in the upholstery department of Ohio Chair Company, as a sales clerk at Alta Moda Boutique in the late ’70s and early ’80s, then retiring as a sales clerk from Sym’s Drugs in 1988.

She was of strong Catholic faith. Rose was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica and was devoted to the blessed St. Anthony.

Her sense of style and zest for life was not one of someone of her age. She still enjoyed fashion and celebrity magazines, soap operas, sports, cooking shows and casinos.

She enjoyed playing bingo with her friends and at family parties.

She was proud of her Italian heritage and enjoyed preparing old Italian favorites, especially her tarallis (Italian pretzels), pizzelles and wedding cookies.

Her husband, John S. Matasic whom she married June 1, 1963, passed away in 2008.

Rose will always be remembered lovingly by her daughter, who was her best friend, Carla (James) Catheline of Canfield with whom she made her home; a grandson, James Catheline, Jr.; and great-grandchildren Bella Catheline, Gavin Catheline and Aiden Catheline.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters Donna Provenzale and Ann Frankino; and brothers Charles Gampetro, John Gampetro, Dominic (Byrd) Gampetro, Joseph Gampetro, Vincent Gampetro and Thomas Gampetro.

The Giampietro and Matasic families embrace each other with never-ending love, compassion and support. Rose truly represented her family proudly. She leaves many nieces and nephews and their descendants.

Private services will be held for the family at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica in Youngstown. The Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home handled arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Rose’s honor can be sent to your favorite charity, Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown Ohio 44512 or to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, 343 Via Mt. Carmel Ave., Youngstown Ohio 44505.

Jim and Carla would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the angels who surrounded their Mom with love, care and compassion.

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