Rosemarie Morelli Capone, age 94, formerly of Homewood, passed away September 23, 2021. She is survived by her children: James (Joni), Thomas (Martha), Virginia Bradley (George), Marie O'Connell, Joseph (Sharon), Victor (T.C. Brown), Elizabeth Worrall (Judd), and Patricia (Enrico Spadaro). She is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Rosemarie was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Joseph; her parents, Frank and Ortenza Morelli; her brothers, Nick and Frenchy Morelli; and her sister, Virginia Harris.
Rosemarie was born February 21, 1927 in Homewood and lived there most of her life. She was a member of Holy Rosary Parish, where she also went to school.
Rosemarie loved Joseph Capone, the brother of her best friend, Virginia, and they were married in 1951, after Joe returned from the war. They made their home just a block away from where they each grew up. They welcomed eight children into their family. Rosemarie was always proud of the fact that she had two boys, two girls, two boys, and two girls.
Her children are her greatest blessing. She was proud of who they were and the lives they made for themselves. She valued independence and honesty, and instilled these values in her children. They should do what they want, be who they wanted to be, and live true to their beliefs.
Rosemarie stayed close to God for her entire life. She loved the honesty and truthfulness of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, who taught and served at Holy Rosary. In early adulthood, she felt a calling to become a nun, but after a short time in the convent, she accepted that she could serve God in other ways. Her association with the Sisters of Saint Joseph allowed her the best of married and religious life. When the sisters began their associate program, she was the first co-chair and has continued to meet with small faith communities and prayer groups to help others to cultivate a relationship with God and one another.
Rosemarie served as a hospice volunteer for many years and enjoyed working with the staff, offering support to patient families, and recruiting family members to volunteer with her.
She was a doting grandma and an excellent cook — her pancakes were famously thin, she hid anchovies in the fried dough she made on Christmas Eve, and her meatball recipe is (garlicky and) unmatched.
Rosemarie had many friends and could seemingly have a conversation with anyone — always bringing her talks back to God and family. She was, for so many, the personification of unconditional love: She accepted and loved everyone, without judgement.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, in Baden, PA at www.stjoseph-baden.org/donate-now/.
Friends Received Thursday Sept. 30, 2021 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME, INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills; Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Magdalene Parish, St. Bede Church, Friday at 10 AM; PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.