Rosalie Grace Fontana-Kerr
In Larkspur; On February 2, 2021, Rosalie passed away peacefully after a short battle with the Coronavirus just two weeks before her 96th birthday.
Rosalie was born in Napa, California, to Elizabeth Carbone Raneri, and Onofrio Vincenzo Fontana. At a very young age, Rosalie began working to help support her mother and sisters after their father had become ill. First, she worked at the Christian Brothers/Mount La Salle winery in the Napa Valley, and then during World War II, at the Mare Island Naval base in Vallejo. After moving to San Francisco, Rosalie resided in the Marina District, where she held various clerical positions. Later, having worked so hard for so many years, she moved to Marin County with her husband Bob. They settled in Larkspur and enjoyed a long retirement.
The family was Rose's priority throughout her life. Her close and loving relationship with her mother and three sisters grew as her family grew. She treated her sisters' children as her own. Throughout our lives, Auntie Rose was always there. We could count on her phone calls; her interest in our lives; her sweet smile. We loved you too Aunt Rose.
Rosalie was predeceased by her husband Robert Kerr, her sisters, Gloria, Marie, Dolores, and her brother Vincent. She is survived by her loving niece Suzette, Suzette's husband Lee, who attended to Rose's well-being in her later years, and her loving nephews Rick, Michael, Scott, Ronald, Terry, Stephen(also her Godson,) Timothy, David, and their families. She lives on in all those whose lives she touched during her long and loving journey. Rosalie will be interred in Dixon, California, and a private Catholic service will be held for the family.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 28 to Mar. 7, 2021.