HAMILTON-Rosa Mattino, 83, daughter of Gaetanina D'Onofrio and Raffaele Prencipe, died September 1, 2010 at 7pm at Buckingham Place. Born in Puozzoli, Italy on June 19, 1927, she was the last of thirteen children. She was predeceased by her husband, Antonio Mattino. She is the mother of Sally (Tramontano) Van Fleet of Hamilton Square and Celeste Mattino-Levine and her son-in-law, Gary Levine of Mercerville. She has two grandchildren, Angela Van Fleet of Boynton Beach, FL and Megan Mattino-Levine of Mercerville and her beloved canine, Bella.
Rosa, at fourteen years of age, survived malaria and World War II when their family farm was invaded; and she and her family were captured and held hostage in a cave for a month. As a result, she endured much at such an early age.
Most of her life she was a housewife. During the years she had some part-time jobs: she was a seamstress, private cook, worked at a florist in Princeton, babysat at her home, was a teacher's aide at the Princeton Middle School, worked at a bakery in Princeton and at the Nassau Inn as an assistant baker. She enjoyed fishing and cooking big meals for her family and friends. Her family was her world and she will be greatly missed.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Buckingham Place for the outstanding service they gave her during her stay. Also, to the Grace Healthcare Services for their services and their gentle, tender handling of her, especially, toward the end. We are happy that mom made so many friends with each and every one of them and they, in turn, told us how she always made them laugh and liked her so much because of her humor.
A Funeral Service will be held 1:30pm Wednesday at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square.
Entombment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hamilton.
Relatives and friends may call 3-6pm Tuesday at the Colonial Home.
The family is requesting, that in lieu of flowers, to please send donations in her memory to the Grace Healthcare Hospice Service, Raritan Center Plaza III, 105 Fieldcrest Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837 or to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834.