Rosa DiVenuto Shaheen
1926 - 2021
Snow's Memorial Chapel - Bass Road
1419 Bass Road
Macon, GA
Rosa DiVenuto Shaheen
June 10, 1926 - June 15, 2021
Macon, Georgia - Rosa DiVenuto Shaheen, 95, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Father Scott Winchell officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, North Gate. A Rosary will be said on Friday, June 18, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at Snow's Memorial Chapel, 1419 Bass Road in Macon, GA.
Rosa was born in Macon, GA to the late Enrico DiVenuto and Santina Cominotto DiVenuto. She attended A.L. Miller High School and Mercer University. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Louis Joseph Shaheen, Sr., who she met at a USO dance in the basement of St. Joseph Church after WW2. Rosa and Louie were happily married for 55 years and celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in that same church basement where they first met. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Henry DiVenuto and her sister, Marcella DiVenuto Wood.
Rosa is survived by her four children and their spouses; Louis Joseph Jr., (Joey) and Carrie Shaheen of Tampa, FL; Susan and Jack Harshbarger of Dahlonega, GA; Janet and Morgan Wood of Macon, GA; and Tina Marie Shaheen, of Macon, GA; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. There was never any doubt that Rosa considered her family her greatest treasure, and there was never a dull moment in their household with fun loving parents. Since she was a first generation child in America, she knew the key to success was a good education and she drilled that into her children, students, and later her grandchildren and great-grands. Rosa was proud that her hard work paid off and took full credit for producing a lawyer, six teachers, two anesthetists, an actuary, an engineer and two Eagle Scouts.
Rosa enjoyed people, great jokes, dancing, Notre Dame football, playing the piano with great-grandchildren and laughing a lot. She was blessed with lifelong friends from childhood, church, her clubs, and the wonderful families of the children that she taught in kindergarten for 25 years at St. Joseph School where she was affectionately known as "Miss Machine". Visiting with her former students at church and keeping up with their lives brought her great joy. She volunteered for many years at St. Joseph Church with youth groups, Cub Scouts, Silver Tops senior dances, sending cards to church members, leading tours at St. Joseph Church and working as a Cherry Blossom volunteer. She was honored to be a part of the Macon Woman's Club and served as President for two terms. Over the years Rosa received various awards for dedicated service including the Francis DeSales Award from Mt. de Sales Academy and the Gartland Service Award from the Catholic Diocese of Savannah. She lived a great life, still cruising the world in her nineties, and enjoying her wonderful friends. Who could ask for more?
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Joseph Church, St. Joseph School, Mt. de Sales Academy, or the charity of your choice in her honor.
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Published by The Telegraph on Jun. 17, 2021.
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Now what can I possibly say except that I loved this sweet lady dearly! I had just wished her a Happy Birthday on her Facebook Timeline & now she's gone on to heaven. My beloved Mother & Rosa were such good friends. She'll be sadly missed by everyone who knew her. However, because of the promise of eternal life; we'll be reunited again. My thoughts & prayers are with each family member.
Alice L Hunnicutt
June 20, 2021
Rosa and Louis were some of the first people that made me feel welcome when I married Jim Shaheen and moved to Macon I always enjoy her and and God bless all of you her children and grandchildren she was a wonderful wonderful lady God bless
Ann Delea
June 18, 2021
Mrs Shaheen was an amazing woman. I was one of her kindergarten students in the 60s. She made learning so much fun. I have happy memories of our classroom and our activities all over the church. My condolences to you all.
Cindy Perry Henderson
June 18, 2021
A dear sweet, sweet Lady that I met at Chichesters when she visited the Post Office. Very humorous and said she loved to dance. She shared one of her birthday souvenirs with me. She said she danced the night away. I missed seeing her when I left the Chi. Rest in Heavenly Peace, it's a honor to call you My Friend!
Cassandra Paul
June 17, 2021
Thoughts and prayers for the family. Miss Rosa was so kind to my Mom and Dad. Not to mention the infuence on me and my siblings. Know that she is telling those jokes to everybody she sees now. Never will forget her. Robbie Nichols
Robbie Nichols
June 17, 2021
I am so very sorry to hear of Mrs. Shaheen's passing. She was a good friend to my Mom for many years and shared a precious memory with me of Mom. My Mom asked Rosa if she had heard the music from West Side Story, when it first came out, and was told no. Mom gave Rosa her copy of the musical, which Rosa said she still had after all those years. That melted my heart. I always enjoyed running into Rosa and loved getting one of her big hugs.
It's difficult to lose a parent so I pray God and your memories of this wonderful lady help you through this difficult time.
God bless you Rosa and thanks for your love and friendship to Mom.
Susan Moulton-Liedle
June 17, 2021
A finer lady has never walked this earth! RIP Rosa- you were and will always continue to be, so loved by all who were fortunate enough to know you...
Paula Mansfield Murphy
June 17, 2021
To our dear Shaheen Family,

We thank God for MiMama's enlightenment and capacity and for her sweet "Yes" to caring and being a guiding light. We will always treasure MiMama's grace and her amazing love which has inspired so many of us to live as our best selves. May her beauty continue to preside over all our journeys.

Today we kiss your cheek and hold your hand and pray that tender memories sustain you.

Love, Jo Ann and Steve Knapp
Jo Ann and Steve Knapp
June 16, 2021
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