Diane Marie Rosa, 68, passed away peacefully at her home, Monday, May 4, 2020, surrounded by her family, her loyal dog and grand-puppy.
Diane was born April 11, 1952 in Englewood, NJ. She grew up in Jersey City, NJ until her family moved to Lake Hiawatha, NJ. She attended Parsippany High School where she met her future husband and love of her life, Richard Rosa, or “Richie” as she endearingly called him. Upon graduation in 1970, she was voted “Most Friendly” by her peers, took first place as the “Miss Future Business Leader of America” NJ State Champion and achieved the “Most Outstanding Business Student” award.
Diane and Rich were married on June 2, 1973. Although, Diane had various jobs, including being a secretary for Exxon Research and Engineering in Florham Park, NJ, an AFAA certified aerobics instructor and general manager of To Your Health exercise studio in Flanders, NJ, the role she was most proud of in life was being a loving wife, devoted mother and homemaker.
Diane and her husband moved to Cranberry Lake, NJ in 1979, where she loved raising her children. She was a volunteer and member of the Women’s Association of the Cranberry Lake Community Club.
Diane was honored to be a CCD teacher for 17 years at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Netcong, NJ, a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader for her two sons and daughter, and actively involved in all of her kid’s activities. She was a tireless advocate for her children, and the wind beneath her family’s wings.
Diane enjoyed china painting and went on an annual mother-daughter trip to Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, NY to study porcelain art. Diane was an avid quilter and member of numerous quilt guilds.
Diane had a zest for life and always said, “When opportunity knocks, open the door wide and enjoy every moment”. She seized every opportunity to travel, spend time with her family, and never passed up a party.
Diane not only learned to ride a motorcycle, but was honored to have won an all-expenses paid trip riding into Sturgis, SD with Karen Davidson, the great-granddaughter of company founder, William Davidson, William’s son “Willy G.” Davidson, and the Harley Davidson entourage after being selected as a winner in an essay contest Harley Davidson held promoting women riders.
After moving to East Millstone, NJ in 2004, Diane was thrilled to take flying lessons and learned to fly a Cessna 172. She became involved in the community as a Women’s Auxiliary Member of the East Millstone Valley Fire Department.
For many years Diane was a dedicated supporter, benefactor and volunteer for the Police Unity Tour, as well as for the Roxbury Township Police Department Explorer Post #188 in Roxbury, NJ.
Diane retired with her husband to Carolina Shores, NC in 2012. She was a parishioner of St. Brendan’s Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte, NC.
Known for her infectious laughter, generous spirit and compassionate heart, Diane will be greatly missed. A quote she lived by; “Wealth is not how much you have, it’s who you have beside you. – Unknown”
Diane is preceded in death by her son Michael Rosa, her parents Concetta and Walter Aliszewski, her parent-in-laws Amy and Charles Rosa, and brother-in-law, Robert Forte.
Diane is survived by her husband, Richard Rosa, son and daughter-in-law Richard and Jennifer Rosa, her daughter Kathryn Rosa, her brother and sister-in-law Frank and Nancy Allison, her sisters Lorraine Conklin and Joanne Bradbury, her sister-in-law Maryjane Forte and many loved aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Cynthia “Cindy” Long, 45 of Calabash died July 6, 2010, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She was born April 10, 1965, a daughter of Bonnie Jo Walker Athan and the late Roland Wayne Athan. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Mike Long, and two sons, Jonathan Long and Matthew Long, both of the home. Funeral services were at Beulah Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Thomas Cemetery. Cindy was a talented quilter and a wonderful asset to our group. She is sorely missed.
Lola LaVerne Thomas
Lola LaVerne Thomas, 83, of Ocean Isle Beach, died Saturday, December 31, 2011, in Brunswick Community Hospital. She was born on March 1, 1928, in Powhatten Point, OH. She retired from Verizon Communication as a plant assigner and was a member of the Eastern Star, Long Bay Garden Club, Brunswick Quilters, Brunswick Co. Homemakers Club, and the Telephone Pioneers of America. Surviving are her husband, of 64 years, James H. Thomas; son, James L. Thomas, and wife, Emily, of Alexandria, VA; brother, Gene Payne, and wife, Dorothea, of Woodbridge, VA; two grandchildren, Jennifer T. Morris and Nathan Thomas; three great-grandchildren, Lillie Ann Morris, Tristen Morris, and Kaitlyn Morris. The family will receive friends from 3-5 pm on Friday, January 6th at the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.
Cleo E. Lawrence
Former BQ President Cleo Lawrence passed away November 24, 2017, at Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford, PA. She was 76. Cleo and her husband Leroy made their home in Ash, NC for 17 years prior to moving back to their home state of Pennsylvania. Besides her activities with Brunswick Quilters, she was also involved with Women of the Moose and was a lifetime member of the Grange. She owned and operated her own upholstery business in PA from 1976 through her retirement in 1999.
Cleo leaves behind two daughters, ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Her husband Leroy predeceased her in July of 2017. She also has two sisters.
She was a supporter of her children and took a role in all of her children’s activities. Cleo loved all kinds of crafts. She was tireless and will be remembered as a take charge kind of person.