Robert Rosa

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Robert H. Rosa, "Bob", beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend passed into eternal rest on Sunday, the 26th of January at the age of 77. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Bob was born in Passaic, New Jersey, on the 17th of January 1937. He was the only child of Anna Szuhay and Alex Rosa, both of Hungarian descent. Bob was a warm, loving, sensitive, gregarious man who never met a stranger. A brilliant man, Bob was fluent in Hungarian, Spanish, and English. He was a true American patriot, who loved and served his country, both in the U.S. Marine Reserves and the U.S. Army, from 1956 to 1962. During Bob's high school years, he loved all sports and was an outstanding athlete who excelled in football, baseball, swimming and equestrian jumping. Bob attended Bucknell University and NYU for his undergraduate work. He majored in Biology, with a minor in Psychology. In 1968 he obtained his Masters of Education in counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University, and continued his doctorate studies for special education at UT Austin and UTSA. Bob worked as superintendent of the Bexar County Boys' School, as well as a probation officer, teacher, counselor, social worker and administrator in the Harlandale and Edgewood School Districts. He also worked and taught at the following universities: University of Texas at Austin, Our Lady of the Lake University, and St. Mary's University and was a licensed professional counselor. He authored various projects and grants that developed programs designed to help inspire and enrich the lives of young people. His encouraging and accepting spirit served as a light of hope to many troubled youth and adults throughout his life. Bob enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Bob adored his wife and devoted companion, Rosita. Throughout their marriage, he doted on her with his kind words, beautiful poems and cards, unending affection, funny voice messages and jokes. She was his best friend, confidant and devoted companion. Bob's children and grandchildren were able to enjoy extra time with their amazing father and grandfather because of Rosita's loving care for Bob. Bob was very proud of his five children and six grandchildren. He beamed with joy when sharing stories about their lives with others. An avid reader and ardent Spurs fan, Bob enjoyed music, and was intrigued with word origins and solving word puzzles. He loved reading scriptures and sharing the Bible with others. Bob felt his greatest accomplishment was being a follower of Jesus Christ and his faith never waivered. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Anna and Alex Rosa, his stepfather, Louis Gyongyosi, and his stepsister, Lillian Kraemer. His survivors include his cherished wife, Rosita; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Robert. H Rosa Jr., (Maria); daughter and son-in-law, Anna Castello, (Antonio); daughter, Ilona Rosa; son, John Rosa; daughter, Linda Rosa; and grandchildren: Zachary Alexander, Matthew Leszek, Cara Beth, Anna Laura, Carlos Antonio and Maria Isabel. Numerous brothers and sisters in-law, nieces and nephews also survive him. We will honor him and carry him in our hearts forever. Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family to celebrate Bob´s life and the love he always extended to others. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 from 1-3PM at Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, at Gold Canyon Drive.
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Contributions in memory of Robert "Bob" Rosa can be directed to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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Published in Express-News on Jan. 30, 2014
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