Rosa Maria GRECO-ORTEGA

Rosie, 43 years young, passed away peacefully in her beautiful country home on November 28, 2012 surrounded by her beloved family after a very courageous battle with breast cancer. Rosie worked for Roseland School District for nearly 20 years, as a school secretary at Roseland Elementary, then as an accounts payable clerk and then was promoted to District Business Manager. During her time as District Business Manager she played a major role in opening Roseland University Prep, Roseland Collegiate Prep and Roseland Creek Elementary School. She loved her job despite her illness; she was determined to see the district thru an audit in October which she did with excellence. As a former Roseland School District student herself, she had a huge heart for students and parents. Rosie went above and beyond to help wherever help was needed. She was a treasured friend and employee in the Roseland School District. She is survived by her loving husband Nicolo, and their children, Alexandria, Nicolo II, Leopoldo and Demetria. Also survived by her loving mother Dolores "Lola" Ortega, her brothers and sisters, Leo Jr. (Candice), David (Sylvia), Carlos, Evelia, Adolfo (Julie) and Erica (Robert). She is preceded in death by her father Leopoldo Ortega. Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation from 4:00-8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 with a Rosary at 5:30 pm at Eggen & Lance Chapel, 1540 Mendocino Ave., a Funeral Mass will be held on Thurs, December 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.. at St. Rose Catholic Church, 398 10th Street, with committal to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 2930 Bennett Valley Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Memorial Hospice, 821 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen & Lance Chapel, 545-3747.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4, 2012