Lillian Rose, 105 years old, of West Scranton, passed away peacefully on Oct. 10 at Marywodd Heights. She was the widow of the late Angelo Rose, who died Sept. 22, 1999.
Born and raised in her beloved Dunmore, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Anna Valentino Mastro. A member of St. Lucy’s Parish, she was educated in the Dunmore public schools. A homemaker for most of her life, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Nana Lilly, as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren referred to her, was a generous woman. When her children were growing up, she was known to prepare lunches for any of their friends who showed up on her front porch on their way to a little league game at the Oxie. Her favorite pastime was feeding family and friends with her amazing Italian cooking skills. Her family cherished her Sunday dinners that went on through the years well into her nineties. While a resident at Holy Family, she would often ask her visitors if she could fix them something to eat! She will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her, but her beautiful spirit will live in our hearts forever.
Surviving are a daughter, Marlene Sammon and husband, Jack, of Dunmore; a son, Louis Rose and wife, Theresa, Roaring Brook Twp.; two grandsons, John Sammon and wife, Rupal, Waverly; Jeff Sammon and wife, Darlene, New York City; three great-grandchildren, Drew, Malia and Cassidy Sammon, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her four loving sisters, Florence Liberty, Mary Miele, Edith Genovese, Malvina Cacciamani; and a brother, Patrick Mastro.
The Mastro girls were often referred to as the “Dolly Sisters” by their family. They enjoyed being together and their laughter was always contagious.
Lilly’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Marywood Heights and the amazing Little Sisters of the Poor, who gave such love and care to our mother. They truly made her last years full of peace and tranquility. She loved them all, and continually talked about how blessed she was to be in such a beautiful place. We are forever grateful.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Lucy’s Church, 949 Scranton St., Scranton, with interment to follow in Cathedral Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, there will be no visiting hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 964 Main St., Pawtucket, RI 02860.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton.