Francesco S. Frank Roselli, 89, of Howk Street, passed away Tuesday, October 01, 2013 at Hospice of Jefferson County at the Ellis Farm.
Mr. Roselli was born November 2, 1923 in Guardia Piemontese, Italy a son of Giuseppe and Teresa Bonetti Roselli. He attended schools in Italy and served in the Italian Armed Forces during World War II. On September 2, 1944 he married Marianna Gonino in Italy. Mr. Roselli worked construction in Italy until he and his family moved to the United States in 1954. Marianna died April 27, 1982. He married Velma Waterson in Brownville on October 4, 1983.
Mr. Roselli was employed with Deline Construction until his retirement in 1985. He was a communicant of St. Anthonys Church, a member of the Carpenters Union local 300 and was a member of the union in Italy. After his retirement he and his wife traveled around the United States and Europe, visiting family in Italy several times. Mr. Rosellis passion was in making wine, he especially loved making wine for family events like weddings and graduations. Mr. Rosellis hobby was his family.
Surviving besides his wife Velma are a son and his wife; Joseph and Rebecca, Watertown, three daughters and their husbands; Teresa and Gerardo DeRosa, Detroit, MI, Clorinda and Patrick Chavoustie, Florida , Linda Roselli Rehfuss and Robert Rehfuss, Philadelphia, PA, a step son, Richard Paul Donato, Ft. Worth, TX, two step daughters Lisa Marie Oates, Ann Marie Donato, both of Watertown, four grandchildren, two step grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, five step great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He is pre deceased by all of his siblings including his sister Madalena Talarico.
Calling hours will be Thursday 5-9 pm at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A prayer service will be held Friday at 10:15 am at the funeral home with an 11 am funeral mass at St. Anthonys Church with Reverend Donald Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601. Condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com