It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Rosetta A. Vatalaro, a shining light in our lives, who left us on November 13, 2023. Born on March 4, 1938 in Sioux Falls, SD, Rosetta spent most of her life in Athol and Greenfield, Massachusetts, the towns she called home. She was an emblem of resilience, compassion, and an irreplaceable part of her family and community.
Rosetta was an extraordinary woman who lived a simple yet fulfilling life. Her days were spent working in education as a cafeteria worker, where she nourished not only the bodies of the children she served but also their spirits with her boundless kindness. After retirement, Rosetta continued to nourish those around her with her heartwarming stories, each one a gem that revealed a facet of her life, her beliefs, or a piece of wisdom she wanted to share.
Rosetta was a devoted fan of the Red Sox, with Mookie Betts holding a special place in her heart. She was a talented crocheter, her beautiful table runners a testament to her skill. A proud Native American, Rosetta embraced her heritage and passed on its rich traditions to her family. Her adventurous spirit earned her the title of 'adventure queen,' a moniker she wore proudly. She was known for her love of Pringles, strawberry and cherry pop tarts, her morning coffee, and toast. But above all else, Rosetta was a beacon of love and affection, a 'Grandma' to everyone she met. Her hugs were a source of comfort, her laughter a balm for the soul.
Rosetta is survived by her son Ronald Vatalaro Jr, her sisters Sally Collette and June Martin, her grandchildren; Trevor Vatalaro, Nicole Vatalaro, Melissa Vatalaro, Samantha LaClaire, Hanna Seibert, and Emilie Curtin, and her great-grandsons Jaysiah Seibert and Ivaar Patten. She was preceded in death by her father Marvin KING Sr, mother Martha King, her loving husband Ronald Vatalaro, AND HER DAUGHTER BRENDA-LEE SEIBERT Her indomitable spirit lives on in those who knew and loved her.
Join us in celebrating Rosetta's vibrant life during calling hours on Sunday, November 19, 2023 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Road, Orange, Massachusetts.
The funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Monday, November 20, 2023, at 10:00 AM.
Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Melissa A. McQuaid, Funeral Directors.