Rosalie Martini was born on October 19, 1929 to Genevieve and Anthony Caputo. She was the middle child with three brothers and three sisters: Leo, Mary, Sam, Annabelle, Josie and Pete. To most people, she was Rosalie, but her family and close friends called her "Shan" from the song, "Old Shanty Town". Rosalie married Tony Martini in 1949. She and Tony had three children, Daniel, Peggy, and Paula, and raised them in St. Clair Shores. Rosalie was proud of the loving care she gave her family and home. For many years, she also provided daily support and love to her aging mother.
Rosalie's church family was very important to her. She was a charter member of St. Germaine when services were held at Lakeview High School. Rosalie had many close friends in her neighborhood, but Nellie Schrode was her best friend and confidant for 65 years. She and Nellie served on St. Germaine's Altar Society committee and gave of their tome cleaning the church building. Rosalie also supported her parish by purchasing many raffle tickets at the annual Fass Festivals. One year, she was thrilled to win the cash prize, part of which she donated back to the church. Rosalie also volunteered at St. John Hospital for over 20 years where she faithfully distributed the Holy Eucharist to patients.
Rosalie was an exceptionally hard worker and was able to stretch a budget to provide for her family when Tony was unemployed due to cold weather. After all, concrete doesn't pour in the winter! As Tony would say, "Mom takes care of the pennies so the dollars can take care of themselves." Interestingly, as much as Rosalie valued being frugal, she also loved to shop! She was known by her first name at the Macomb Mall Sears and Penney's. She was also a "frequent flyer" on the Home Shopping Network, making many purchases with multiple discounts and markdowns. Rosalie had a sardonic wit and would often surprise her family and friends with hilarious one-liners. She maintained her sense of humor despite the challenges she faced at the end of her life.
Rosalie enjoyed time with her children and grandchildren, Joey, Devin, and Drew. When Devin and Drew were young children, she and Tony helped care for them. One of her last outings was to Joey and Tracy's wedding. She was so pleased to be a part of the celebration and even spent a few minutes on the dance floor with Dan.
At the end of Rosalieie's life, her daughter, Peggy, and son-in-law, Joe, welcomed her into their home. For six months, they provided loving, daily care. During her last days, Rosalie verbalized her desire to join her husband, Tony, her mother, Genevieve, in heave. She passed away, confident in the love of her children, sisters, friends, and her savior, Lord Jesus Christ. Funeral Service entrusted to St. Clair Shores Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 25800 Harper Avenue (3blks North of 10 Mile Road). A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 10AM at Our Lady of Hope Church (Old St. Germaine), 28301 Little Mack Ave, St. Clair Shores, MI. Entombment will be at Resurrection Cemetery.