Rose Theresa Geruso, 87, a former longtime resident of Darien, died peacefully in her sleep on June 24, 2017 at Sunrise Senior Living in Valencia, Calif.
She is predeceased by her parents, Frank and Antoinette Colella, her late husband of 49 years, Carmine (Jerry) Geruso, her son-in-law, Peter G. Callaghan, a sister and three brothers.
She is survived by her four children, Patti Casey and her husband Sean Casey of Virginia, Barbara Callaghan of Darien, Steven Geruso and Claudia Scarpone of Stamford, John Reid and Peter Pierce of Valencia; a grandson, Sean P. Casey and his wife, Elizabeth Hernandez-Casey, and great-grandson, Carmine Casey-Hernandez of East Orange, N.J.; as well as beloved sisters, brothers, cousins, nieces and nephews.
— an obituary from Edward Lawrence Funeral Home
Rose was a long-time member and officer of the Catholic Daughters of America. She later became a health aide, where she touched the lives of countless local residents with her contagious smile and tireless compassion.
She was an enthusiastic member of the Darien Senior Center and the Chat & Chew fellowship at St. John Roman Catholic Church in Darien. While at the Senior Center, she developed a passion for painting and created many beautiful pictures for her family and friends.
Rose moved to Valencia two years ago to join her son, John. Once again she made a fast and devoted group of friends who adored her compassion, humor and spirit.
She will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by all.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 10 at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien.