Rose Silvani: A Century in The Bronx
Rose Silvani (born Rosina Pasenti) reached the age of 100 two months ago. She lived her entire life in the Bronx and had many a colorful tale to tell about growing up in NYC in the 1920s: cold water flats in tenements, bathtubs in the kitchen (can we even imagine?) making for separate bathing nights for the boys and the girls, putting pennies into the gas meter when the lights dimmed, her brothers swimming in the Harlem River, and of course sleeping in a bed full of sisters.
The next-to-youngest of ten children born to Luigi Pasenti and Maria Luigia Casale who came from Frosinone, Italy at the turn of the 20th century, Rose was a child of two cultures: she cooked great peasant food like an old world Italian from the hill towns — and she loved hot jazz, blues and dancing, dancing, dancing. For her time, she was a real American Girl.
Rose was very fortunate in life to have had no serious illnesses and to have passed away in bed at home — "la morte degli angeli” — an angelic death.
She is survived by all of her four children; Pauline, Louis, Ann Marie and Anthony — each of whom have their own unique stories, memories, and embarrassing moments associated with Mama Rose.
Rose also generated wonderful grandchildren; James (Jimmy), Valerie, Roseann, Armand (Mando), Stephen and two great grandchildren Joseph and Robert. She also had step-grandchildren; Danielle, Heather, Joshua and Benjamin.
"When I think about her lifetime I smile about the irony that we came from a 138th street neighborhood, and she ended her life on 238th street. 100 blocks in 100 years. It’s not the distance as much as the journey that gets to me." -Anthony Silvani
In lieu of flowers, please donate in Rose Silvani’s name to the Italian Welfare League - www.italianwelfareleague.org
Interment will take place on Monday 1 PM at Mount Hope Cemetery. The family will be present on Sunday from 4-8 PM at F. Ruggiero & Sons, Inc. Funeral Home & Cremation Services – 732 Yonkers Avenue – Yonkers, NY 10704 (914) 375-1400.