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Rose C. (Zaffino) Schoener

September 23, 1928 ~ October 31, 2019 (age 91)

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Rose C. Schoener, 91, a longtime Natick & Framingham resident died suddenly on Thursday October 31, 2019. Born in Reggio Calabria (Di Bivongi) Italy she was the daughter of the late Agostino & Teresa (Passarelli) Zaffino, and the beloved wife of the late Richard A. Schoener.

Rose immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 3 with her parents, initially in Framingham and finally settling in Natick where she was educated. Like many of her era, she started work at a young age and through her brother-in-law met and married the love of her life, Richard (Rusty) a GI.  Together they traveled the world through the military where Rose would often work in the commissaries and PX on the bases where Richard was stationed.

Rose was a devout Catholic and a daily communicant for the majority of her life. She loved a good party. Whether she was planning, socializing, entertaining, everyone enjoyed Rose particular her many years on John J. Brady Drive in Framingham.  She was also an avid and die-hard New England Patriots fan.

Rose is survived by her cherished daughter, Carol A. Mallegni & her husband Dante of Mattapoisett, her granddaughters, Ariana M. and Alanna R., her great granddaughter, Hadley Rose and her nephew Vincent Colonnelli & his wife Joanna, her niece Cheryl DiMatteo & her husband Peter and many great nieces and nephews. Besides her husband Richard, Rose was predeceased by her son, Timothy A. Schoener, and her sister Edith Colonnelli & her husband Julio, her sister Edna Lambert & her husband Roy.

Family and friends will honor and remember Rose’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St. Framingham on Friday, November 8th from 5 – 8 P.M. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, 44 E. Central St., Natick on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Natick.


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November 8, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home & Cremation Services
11 Lincoln Street
Framingham, MA 01702

Funeral Mass
November 9, 2019

10:00 AM
St. Patrick's Church - Natick
44 East Central St.
Natick, MA 01760

Interment following funeral service
November 9, 2019

St. Patrick's Cemetery
180 Pond Street
Natick, MA 01760

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