Rose L. Sposato

July 12, 1919 ~ June 11, 2022 (age 102)


Rose L. Sposato, 102, of Westerly, passed away peacefully on 11 June 2022 at the Westerly Hospital after a very short illness. A lifelong resident of Westerly and a member of “The Greatest Generation”, she was born on 12 July 1919, the daughter of the late Marianne and James Sposato. She was pre-deceased by her brothers Sam, Willy, Joe, Pat, Louis, and James Jr. and her sister, Theresa Esposito.

Rose was a communicant of St Pius X Church in Westerly. She was employed many years at McCormick’s Department Store in Westerly, where she made a myriad of friends. Until 2011, she lived at the family homestead at 12 Pond Street in Westerly. When she began to experience some mobility issues, she moved into an apartment at Merchant’s Village, 25 Clark Street in Westerly, where she made a host of new friends and enjoyed a robust social life, especially Friday night cocktails with the girls. In February of 2022, declining health forced her to move to the Westerly Health Center.

Rose was devoted to her family. She was the primary caregiver for her father, James, until his death at age 96. She was a second mother to all of her nieces and nephews, whom she spoiled terribly. Into her 80’s, she continued to provide a Sunday dinner of pasta, meatballs, and all the fixings to anyone in the family who wanted to come. She never failed to send a card and a gift for all family members’ birthdays. Anyone who came to her home for a visit was treated to coffee and cake. Rose was a superb cook. Her recipes were sought after by all family members, and she was glad to provide them. That is all except her recipe for stuffed peppers! It is a Sposato Family legend that she never gave out the true recipe for her stuffed peppers, but left out one or two key ingredients, because she never wanted anyone in the family to be able to replicate the deliciousness of her peppers. For years, she would give a “Mona Lisa” smile when a family member said, “I made stuffed peppers following the recipe she gave me. They were good, BUT not as good as Rosie’s.”

Rose loved to dance. As a young woman, she would sneak out past her mother, escorted by one of her brothers, to attend a dance being held at the Westerly Armory. At a family wedding or reunion, she was the first one on the dance floor. Even into her 90’s, she would get up and demonstrate a dance step to family members. She never spoke an unkind word about anyone. Rose was generous to a fault. She would help anyone who asked her. As one of her nephews said, “I pray that the promise of heaven is real, for I do not know another soul who is more deserving of ever lasting peace.”

Rose is survived by her nieces, Camille Larson of Westerly, Ann-Marie Esposito of Apple Valley, MN, Linda Sposato of Groton, CT, and Roberta Sposato of Memphis, TN as well as her nephews, LtCol Louis Sposato USMC (Ret.) of Westerly, Gerard Sposato (Rhonda) of Mansfield OH, and James Sposato III (Lynn) of Honolulu, HI. In addition, Rose is survived by many great and great-great nieces and nephews, including her namesake, Rose “Little Rosie” Augustine, of Medina, OH.

At Rose’s direction, there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St Pius X Church, 44 Elm Street, Westerly on Monday, 20 June 2022 at 10:00 am followed by interment at St. Sebastian Cemetery, Westerly. Funeral services are under the direction of Rushlow-Iacoi Funeral Home & Crematory, 64 Friendship Street, Westerly. For online condolences, please go to

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Mass of Christian Burial
June 20, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Pius X Church (St. Sebastian Cemetery, Westerly)

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