Rose M. (Dalfino) Evangelista, 94, of Manchester, CT passed away at her home on August 8, 2022 due to complications from lymphoma. She was the beloved wife of the late Salvatore A. Evangelista.
Rose (or Nonna as she was affectionately known by those close to her) was born May 19, 1928 in New Britain, CT. To hear her tell it, New Britain was an idyllic town where she spent many happy and carefree days. She came from a musical family and was always singing in the chorale, the glee club or in talent shows with her sisters.
After marriage Rose moved to Manchester and raised her family. During those years she was an active participant at St. Bartholomew Parish and a volunteer at Manchester Memorial Hospital with her best friend Cathy Hickey. But Nonna’s biggest role was that of caregiver. Always the doting grandmother, she enjoyed her time caring for her two grandsons. She was also the go-to person for a few neighborhood children who knew they could count on her for an after-school snack. And she was quite the cook. No one made better lasagna than Nonna.
Rose and her husband enjoyed their retirement years spending time at their winter home in sunny Delray Beach, FL each year for 25 years. In their later years they had their weekly Wednesday date at Foxwoods Casino with close friends.
Nonna leaves to mourn her passing, her devoted children, Joanne and Sal, two grandsons, Michael and Anthony and two great granddaughters, Brooklyn and Janiyah as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, three brothers and three sisters.
Funeral arrangements are through John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 West Center Street, Manchester, CT. The funeral will take place August 18, 2022. The calling hour begins at 10AM, followed by services at 11AM. Burial will immediately follow at East Cemetery in Manchester. For online condolences, please visit www.tierneyfuneralhome.com.