Rose Mary Punelli, 89, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the Emilia Assisted Living in Alexandria, VA.

Rose was born October 16, 1929 in Des Moines, IA to Antonio and Rosa Colosimo. She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Alexandria, VA. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Rose enjoyed cooking for friends and family and never knew a stranger.

Rose is survived by her children, Eugene (Maysa), Mary Elizabeth Matteson, James (Miho), and Michele Cosby (Cameron); sister, Isabella Marturello; brothers, Frank Colosimo and Charles (Carolyn) Colosimo; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Eugene Punelli; daughter, Eugenia; parents; sisters, Mary Defino, Angeline Colosimo and Josephine Cardamon; and her brother, Domenic.

Rose lived the majority of her life in Des Moines. She was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy. She was a friend and second mother to many. Her role as a mother was her most treasured. She spent the last fifteen years living near her children on the east coast, most recently in Alexandria, VA.

Rose spent her final days at Emilia Assisted Living where she received amazing love and support.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday July 26, 2019 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 15 Indianola Avenue, followed by a private burial at Glendale Cemetery. A rosary will be recited at 9:45 a.m., prior to the Funeral Mass.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Emilia Assisted Living nursing staff (5501 Brookland Road, Alexandria, VA 22310), or St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (Des Moines, IA).

Condolences may be expressed at:

Service Details

No visitation planned
Friday, July 26, 2019
10:00 am
Rosary - 9:45 am
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
15 Indianola Avenue
Des Moines
Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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