Rosalee 'Roe' LaRiccia Tortoriello
Cherished Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunt, Nana and Friend, Rosalee "Roe" LaRiccia Tortoriello entered into eternal rest on June 8, 2021, at home surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Newark, Rosalee resided in West Caldwell until 2020, before moving to Toms River. She graduated in 1975 from Girls Vocational Technical High School in Newark and held an Associate's Degree in psychology from Essex County College. She was the daughter of late Gennaro LaRiccia and survived by her mother, Maria LaRiccia, brother Giovanni LaRiccia and sister, Anna Maria LaRiccia and Aunt, Loretta LaRiccia. She was the devoted wife of 42 years of retired Lt. Dr. Vincent "Vin" Tortoriello and proud mother of Tara, Vincent, Kayla, and mother-in-law of Dr. Jessica Tortoriello and Daniel Bennet. She was the loving Nana to Vincent III "Trip" Tortoriello and Evelyn Rose Tortoriello. She was the favorite aunt of all of her nieces and nephews, Gennaro, Jason (wife, Amanda), and Dina Forte, Aisha Jackson (husband, Todd), Billy Tortoriello, Jennifer Tortoriello, Melissa Hull (husband, Will), Nicholas Denise (wife, Kim) and Deanna Rose (husband, Mike). She was the adoring great aunt to Jack Thomas, Maxwell, Benjamin, Luca, Angelina, Jaden, Ava, Nicky, Juliette and Michael. She is survived by her brother-in-law Bill Tortoriello (wife, Toni and son, Jackson), and sisters-in-law, Joanne Denise (husband, Nicky) and Sonia Tortoriello. She is also survived by many loving extended relatives and friends.
Rosalee was fierce and loyal to all her friends and family and never backed down from protecting those for who she cared and loved for. She loved listening to Barry White, cooking for her family, laughing with her best friend/sister Yolanda and enjoying all life had for offer. "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference."
Relatives and friends are invited for visitation on Thursday from 4:00 pm through 8:00 pm in the Shook-Farmer Funeral Home, 45 Roseland Ave, Roseland, NJ 07068, shookfarmer.com.
A Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday 11:00 am at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Roseland, NJ. Live streaming of the Mass can be viewed at olbs.org.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association