Rose Scalise

Rose M. "Rosina" Scalise (Fontana)

Thursday, July 16, 1925 - Friday, March 13, 2020
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July 16, 1925 – March 13, 2020
Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY

Rose (“Rosina”) Margaret Scalise of Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, passed away on March 13, 2020, at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh Campus. She was 94.

The oldest daughter of the late Giuseppe Fontana and Rose Gabriele Fontana, she was born on July 16, 1925 in Williamsport, PA, and raised in Brooklyn, NY.

A hairdresser in Manhattan, Rose married Saverio (“Sam”) Scalise in 1954, eventually settling in the Hudson Valley. For over twenty years she was employed by the Cornwall Central School District in a number of positions, as well as being a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Rita #264.

Rose is survived by her daughter: Laura Fanning and her husband Peter of Cornwall, NY; her son: Anthony J. Scalise of Cornwall, NY; her nephew: Dr. Paul J. Scalise and his wife Naoko of Ortley Beach, NJ; and many cousins and friends. Her husband Sam, her younger sister Marian, and her brothers-in-law William Kupper, Louis Scalise, and Paul (“Cy”) Scalise all predeceased her.

Rose’s family would like to thank the entire staff and valets at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, especially the invaluable Intensive Care Unit medical personnel, who provided comfort and support to both Rose and her children during this difficult time.

In addition, the family would like to thank Dr. Susan Jensen and Dr. Stephen Lazar, and last but certainly not least Rose’s dearest and closest friend Betty Carlino, who along with the members of the “Red Hat Society” provided Rose with the love and support she so gratefully appreciated in her later years.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17th at Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, 337 Hudson Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520. A Mass of Catholic Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18th at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 340 Hudson St., Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY. Interment will follow the Mass at St. Thomas Cemetery in Cornwall, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Donation by telephone: 800-478-5833.

Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley Bros. Funeral Home; to send condolences or to get directions to the funeral home, please go to
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home Inc.
    337 Hudson St
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  • Service

    Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020 10:00am
    St. Thomas of Canterbury Church
    340 Hudson Street
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    Rev. Rees Doughty
  • Interment

    St. Thomas Cemetery
    Mailler Avenue
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Donations are being accepted for: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


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Elaine Thomas

Posted at 03:11pm
Laura & Anthony,
We were so sorry to hear about your Mom. We have so many fond memories of her and your family. We were very lucky to have had your family as our neighbors and friends for so many years. Much love to you during this difficult time.
Elaine Esposito Thomas, Diane Esposito Murphy, Ralph Esposito Jr.

Virginia, Randy, Finella

Posted at 11:21am
Dearest Rose, You will forever be in our hearts and mind and to Laura and Anthony, sending so much love.
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Nancy Faust Regent Court Rita #264

Posted at 03:45pm
It is with great sadness that we have lost our Sister in Christ Rose
Catholic Daughters is the America’s is sending our prayers for Rose , her family and friends. Additionally, we are sending a Resolution of Condolence and hope to be present at her Mass on Wednesday

Paul & Naoko

Posted at 09:52pm
Rose Scalise brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget her!
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