Rose Anna (Venuto) Putnam passed away from lung cancer Friday, July 18, 2014, at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. Rose fought the battle of her life with great courage, strength, and unwavering faith. Rose was born in Saponara Messina in Sicily on Valentine's Day in 1958. She came to the United States with her family at the age of 4. They settled in Jamaica Plain until the age of 14 at which time the family moved to Randolph. Rose was a graduate of Randolph High School and while also studying fashion she received an associates degree in Business Administration from Newbury Junior College. She leaves a beautiful son, Jonathan, who is the love of her life. Rose found her passion in motherhood when she became a mom. After taking time off to stay at home and raise Jonathan, she went to work with PepsiCo in Canton, where she acted as an administrative assistant for almost 10 years. She loved being involved in many aspects of the business but found mutual respect and close friendships her true reward. Rose was a humanitarian and loved all animals. She had a great passion for cats and was a supporter of and donor to the Hilltop Humane Society of Randolph. In addition to her son, Jonathan Putnam of Randolph, Rose is survived by her parents, Francesco and Josephine (Pino) Venuto of Randolph; brother, Anthony Venuto of Milford; sister, Maria C. Venuto of Randolph; two nieces, Alyssa C. Venuto of Brighton and Kathryn N. Venuto of Milford; former husband and close friend, John Putnam of Randolph; and former husband, Michael Flagg, formerly of Holbrook; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Church, 211 North Main St., Randolph, Saturday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m. Donations can be made to the Hilltop Humane Society, P.O. Box 553, Randolph, MA 02368.
Published in The Stoughton Journal from July 31 to Aug. 7, 2014