Rosetta Barbera

Rosetta Barbera Obituary

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Age - 92

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October 7, 2023

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Pinehurst, NC

Rosetta Barbera passed peacefully into The Arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday September 19th, 2023She was born in Englewood, NJ to her loving parents Frank and Dora Tarantini on October 31, 1930. She was the eldest of three children. Her sister Marie, born on June 9th of 1933, who survives her, and her baby brother, Donald Tarantini, who was born July 29th, 1936. She was raised in East New York, Brooklyn, on Sutter and Fountain Streets. She was active as a little girl in the parish of St. Fortunata, this was because of her wonderful relationship with her maternal grandparents, Clemente and Maria Caterino, they were a huge spiritual blessing to her, encouraging her to know her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She made her communion and finally confirmation at St. Fortunata's. She was a rather sickly child and she was not expected to live. In fact, she told me many times throughout her life that she overheard the doctors saying to her mother and father she will not live very long. Well, she went to almost 93. And I always reminded her of that. Recently in late August, I checked on her before work, and I said, "come on mommy, you have just a little over 60 days to be 93. You can do it. Remember those doctors and what they said? And here you are at 92!" She was included in the latter part of the Greatest Generation. She was 14 when World War II was over, and she never forgot the excitement and joy of V-J Day, September 2nd, 1945. She graduated from Franklin K. Lane High School in 1949. She went on to Queens College for two years. She began a career in banking after briefly working as a receptionist in a hospital. Her bank branch was Chase Manhattan on 1260 Broadway. New York City. She became the first woman head teller for that very busy branch. Being so near Broadway, she was given many free tickets to Broadway plays, sometimes from the stars themselves. She often took transactions from Bobby Darin, Tom Poston, Carol Burnett, Ethel Merman, and Robert Goulet. In 1952, she refused a bank robber any money, even when he placed a gun on the counter. She was written up in the paper, and it was on the radio. Her father was proud, yet very horrified. He said, next time that happens, "just give him the money. I don't want to lose my baby. " She met my father, Anthony Barbera, early in 1963. My father proposed marriage on February 14th, 1963, after only a few weeks of dating. At first, my mom thought he was crazy, but she said a prayer that if God wanted her to marry him, it would snow by the end of their date. Well, it snowed, and she said to him, "well, I guess I'm going to have to marry you". They married on July 14th, 1963, in Huntington, Long Island, NY. They settled in East Setauket, Long Island, in their first house. And they adopted my sister, Kim, in 1965, and me, Barbara, in 1967, from the same adoption agency, Lutheran Child Welfare. My mom and dad made a promise that if The Lord blessed them with children, they would make it their life mission to make Jesus Christ known to their children and to go to church every Sunday. My mom was always so impressed with my dad. Because no matter how tired he was from working so hard to make ends meet, he still got up on Sundays to keep that promise to her, and to The Lord. We moved to Shoreham LI NY in 1967. We lived there until 2000. We have many happy memories of 167 Randall Rd. My dad had a stroke in 1983. My mom had stayed home from work for only three years. When she found out she had to go back to work. She happened to be in the library making a copy when she was told there were interviews going on, she was worried about how she was dressed the staff assured her, and told her try, and she interviewed, and got the job on the spot. She was thrilled, and knew once again The Lord was taking care of her. She became part of circulation desk staff at North Shore Public Library. She rose to be head of the circulation department. And she worked there from 1984 to 2005, when she retired at 74. She moved down to North Carolina in 2007, to be closer to her daughter, Barbara. She bought a home in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Right across from her now dear friends who are more like family, Dr. Paul VanSweden, wife Mirenda, and children Gavin, Zoe, Cash and Finn. They were incredibly loving and caring to her and included her in many of their family's events and celebrations. She lived there from 2008 to 2021. She had many close calls with her health from 2018 on. In August of 2018, she went to Duke with a heaviness in her chest. They gave her a sonogram. And she asked, is that a movie of a heart? And they said to her, no, that's YOUR heart. We're giving you a test. In that moment, The Lord let her know that her life was always in His hands. She heard him say, "see, I am holding your heart". She felt such a peace and a relief come over her. She started crying. The technicians were so worried that she knew how to read the sonogram. And she saw how bad her heart really looked, that they were very worried. She said, "No, I don't know how to read it". And she told them what she had experienced and they were so relieved. Well fast forward to September 2021, we had just recently moved into the house on Manning Drive in Sanford with no stairs and her own master suite with a high ceiling and walk in shower with handicap bars etc, within 5 weeks of moving in, she started to fill with water. And she went to Duke again. And they said that she would only have two to four weeks. Well, she lived almost another two whole years. So I am very grateful to The Lord for all the wonderful years I have had with my mom. She was very loved by all who met her and knew her. She would always make friends very easily, and was a wonderful coworker. And as a boss, she was very loving and fair with no agendas, just including everyone all the time, and always hoping the best for them and would be truly upset and heartbroken when anything did not go well in their lives. She was an AMAZING cook! She LOVED dogs and had many, at first German Shepherds, and later in life many Labrador Retrievers. She was very proud of her Italian heritage and could speak it and a dialect from her fathers hometown of Corato. At the same time she was a great American Patriot and said she was so blessed to live in the greatest Nation on Earth! There are so many wonderful things about my mom and special memories, and ways that I would often say to her where she could "connect the dots" and know; and see, where The Lord's Presence and Will was for her throughout her life. And she knew and stated often, that she would be going to heaven because of His Finished work on The Cross. Outside of our dad her "Tony" the loves of her life were her daughters Kim and Barbara. She would often talk about her love and pride that she had for them and the great joy they brought her. I often heard her tell me "where would I be without both of you in my life, you both have been God's greatest gift to me". I especially remember her deep love for my sister Kim, who had a very bad health scare in 2004, my mom had to be helped to sit down she was so overwhelmed and was determined to get to my sister's side immediately, no matter what it took. I never saw a mother's love so great in my life. My mom is survived by her sister Marie, Becker nee Tarantini, her loving daughters Kim Hawrey nee Barbera (Cliff) her grandsons Andrew Dans (Emily) and Reid Dans. Her beloved nieces Doreen Tarantini, (Perry Martin) Maria Wickard, nee Tarantini, (Greg) Lillian Kirschberger, nee Becker, (Edward) nephews John Becker, (Mary) Francis Becker (Anita) Robert Becker, Brian Becker, (Jennifer) She is survived by her beloved cousins Aldo Zucaro, Rosetta Quatela (Joseph) nee Tarantini, Angela Tarantini, nee Ventura, Joseph Libertelli, Dominique Tarantini, Rosa Tarantini and Julia Tarantini, and many loving and much loved great nieces and nephews, and many 2nd and 3rd cousins and of course many wonderful and cherished friends. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, Cary, North Carolina, CBN's Operation Blessing. org, and New Salem Baptist Church, Pittsboro, North Carolina. Your prayers are requested for her family and friends at this time of deepest sorrow and grief. Please pray that her family will feel The comfort of The Lord's Presence, His Peace and His Eternal Love for them always. Services entrusted to Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford.

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