Age 69, late of Hegewisch, passed away, Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Federico Vastarella. Loving mother of Esther, Teresa, Angela, and Nicola. Caring grandmother of Paulina Espinosa and sixteen beloved grandchildren. Proud great grandmother of twenty two great grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents Julio and Paulina Mercado.
Born September 14, 1947 in Puerto Rico, Rose lived most of her young life between Puerto Rico and South Chicago. She attended Bowen High School and shortly after became a young mother. Her children and her husband, Freddy, were her greatest loves. Together they purchased their first house in Hegewisch where they lived for over thirty years. She was the "Rose" of the Vastarella home. She had the ability to brighten the residence with her laughter, silly humor, sweet singing voice, a good cup of coffee and her four beloved cats. She wasn't extra fancy but like a rose she was simply beautiful. She was a true joy to be around and will be greatly missed but her sweet fragrance will linger on in our hearts.