Rosalie Thomas

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  • "I love you and i will always miss you grandma! This is not..."
    - Brandy Chavez
  • "Rest in piece Rosalie"
    - Heather Burk
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Rosalie Alice Lopresto Thomas
POCATELLO - Our beloved mother, Rosalie Alice Lopresto Thomas, 68, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011, after a short battle with cancer.
Rosalie (Rose) was born in Tampa, Florida, 01-15-1943 to Frank and Trudie Lopresto. She was raised and educated in Florida living there until 1965 when Rose and her husband, J.C. Thomas, decided to move west; they packed all their belongings in their little English Ford car and drove to Idaho.
Rose began working at Lamb-Weston potato processing plant in 1966 and retired in 2003. She loved to fish but most of all she loved to dance and spent many Friday and Saturday nights at the Senior Center dancing with her longtime companion, Teno Chavez. Rose had many friends at the Senior Center and loved to cook a big plate of fish for the pot luck dinners; everyone always bragged about how good her fish was. Mom always enjoyed family gatherings and her favorite holiday was Christmas. She would work all year long making quilts and other handmade gifts for her family and friends. Mom always put her Christmas tree up early and it would not be unusual to find her decorating the tree Thanksgiving evening; she was a wonderful person and will be missed by many.
Rose was preceded in death by her father, Frank Lopresto; mother, Trudie Lopresto; and her husband, J.C. Thomas. She is survived by her daughter, Sally (Randy) Smith of Pocatello; a son, James Thomas of Pocatello; a daughter, Mona Underwood Smith Larsen of Pocatello; and a son, Frank (Denise) Thomas of Pocatello. She has 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by the large extended family of companion Teno Chavez who loved Rose very much.
An open house celebration of life will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2011, from 1 to 3 p.m., at her home located at 2105 Bannock Highway. A graveside gathering will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. All friends and family are welcome to attend.
 Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello, 232-0542. Condolences may be sent to the family online at
Published in Idaho State Journal on Oct. 25, 2011