Rose Licata, 92, a resident of Apollo Apartments and formerly of Pine Street, Pittston, died Friday at VNA Hospice-St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre. Rose would have turned 93 on July 26, 2013.
Born on July 26, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Mary (Castellino) Licata. She lived on Railroad Street in Pittston up to the age of 15, until she moved to Pine Street in 1935, where she lived for 67 years, until she moved to the Apollo Apartments in June of 2002.
She attended Pittston schools and was a 1938 graduate of Pittston High School. She worked in Buffalo, N.Y., during World War II as a press operator and lived with her Aunt Carmella and Uncle Reggie during her time there. She enjoyed going to Niagara Falls on the weekends while she lived out there.
Upon her return to Pittston, Rose worked in the garment industry for many years working in Pittston, West Pittston, Exeter, and at Country Maid in Plains as a floor person, retiring in 1982.
During her years in the garment industry, she took part in minstrel shows where she would act and sing and always liked to make people laugh.
For a brief period, she worked at the Luzerne County Courthouse in the prothonotary's office.
Along with her mother, she was a volunteer worker at the White Haven Center, where her brother Frank was a resident.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, going on bus trips to Atlantic City, New York City, Bethlehem, and Buffalo and playing bingo at various bingo halls. She liked to take the train from Pittston to Buffalo to visit her relatives and friends, especially her brothers Fred and Buddy.
She was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish and previously St. Rocco's Church in Pittston. She was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and the Montedoro Society.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Those who knew her and loved her will miss her, especially her family, friends and many close friends. The family would like to thank Dr. Mauer Biscotti and the staff at St. Luke's Villa for their kindness and care during Rose's stay.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Fred, Frank, and Sam (Buddy) Licata; sisters Mary Traglia, Carmella (Millie) Malletz, nephew Sam Traglia.
Surviving are her nephew James Traglia Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, Pittston and their children, Anthony, Anita, and Joseph; niece Helene Traglia and her partner, Richard Palmer, Pittston and her children, Marcy and Joseph Dweck; nephew Joseph Licata and his wife, Stacy, and their children, Christian and Madilyn; niece Gena Licata and her son, Blair Clark; niece Lisa Licata, all of Buffalo, N.Y.; five great-great-nephews; brother-in-law James Traglia Sr., Scranton; numerous cousins.
Funeral services have been entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township. Viewing hours will be held at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday. Funeral services will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, William Street, Pittston.
Interment services will be held in St. Rocco's R.C. Cemetery, Pittston Township.
For further information or to express your condolences to Rose's family, please visit www.GrazianoFuneralHome.com.