Rose Anna Martin of St. James, Missouri was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 21, 1933 to Charles and Antoinette (Conte) Cali and passed away on Monday, September 26, 2022 at the age of 89 years.
Rose was raised by her father until the age of eight, when unfortunately, her father could no longer care for her due to his work schedule. With no family members to care for her, she was placed in the care of The Sisters of Mercy Convent in New York City, staying only until she was old enough to get a job and move out on her own.
Rose met George Martin in New York City, they dated for three months before marrying on March 10, 1956.
They traveled the country to different military bases, before George settled his big city wife into a more quiet and rural farming community in Wisconsin.
Rose learned to garden, carefully planting, weeding and harvesting the bounty of her labor, then canning and preserving food.
She also helped in the barnyard as well, cleaning up after the cattle in the barn. She learned to fish and really enjoyed fishing, if there was somebody willing to put the worm on the hook.
Rose had a beautiful soprano voice, she sang around the house as she worked.
Growing up in the city with Sicilian parents, Rose had a passion for Italian cooking, as was an excellent cook, making from scratch some of the finest lasagna, spaghetti sauces, and cannolis.
Rose instilled the value of family, the importance of God and the Catholic faith.
She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of St. James,Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Antoinette Cali; husband George Martin in 2013; and son, Brian Martin.
She is survived by her daughter, Valerie Eades and husband Ernest of St. James, Missouri; grandchildren, Timothy Eades (Sarah), Nicole Eades (fiancée Jamie Morlan), Crystal Schaefer, Lynda Prewett (Montana), Jason Martin (Cheyenne) and Aaron Martin (Sylve); 13 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral Mass was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2022 with Father Greg Mystrik officiating.
Interment followed at the St. James Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.