Rose ( Charella) Zema, 97 of Auburn, joined her husband Willie, twin sister Camille Picarro, her parents and other family members on July 9th, to spend eternity together.
She was born on September 17,1923 , the daughter of the late Frank and Diomira ( Lombardo) Charella, and spent most of her life in Auburn. Rose worked in her earlier years at International Harvester to help support our troops during World War II.
She would meet her future husband, Willie at a dance, while he was attending a trade school in Auburn. Their love would span a marriage of more than 67 years, before his passing in 2011. Rose was a sweet and loving woman who was greatly loved by everyone who was fortunate enough to know her.
Rose is survived by her loving children and their spouses, Camille ( Greg) Lepak, Bill( Lori ) Zema, Mark ( Katherine) Zema. She was blessed to have six beautiful grandchildren , Chris Lepak, Kegan Zema, Katie Zema, Tony Zema, Nina Darnell and Gerry Zema. Seven adored great- grandchildren Axel, Milla, and. Jace Lepak, John, Rose and Sofia Zema, Lia Darnell, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, husband and twin sister, she was also predeceased by sisters Mary Lucci, Fran Maiorano,, Nickolena Gross, Anna Vanacore and brother Angelo Charella.
Friends are invited to join the family this Wednesday inside of St. Francis of Assisi Church for a calling hour from 10:00 am until 10:45 am , with her Mass of Christian burial to follow at 11:00 am in the church, Clark St.,Auburn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to a charity of your choice.
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