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Rose M.
Cook

Rose M. Cook  (Nee Orlando)

A Memorial  Visitation will be held on Friday, February 18, 2022 at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME 6615 W. Oklahoma Ave. from 10AM-11AM. Mass will be held at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church 3160 S. 63rd St. at 1130AM. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery at 1PM meet there.

Rejoined with her husband on February 7, 2022 at age 100yrs. Was born to Salvatore and Patricia Colla Orlando on February, 17, 1921.  She was the beloved and devoted wife of Russell LeRoy Cook.  They were married in Pittsburg, Cal. on May 6, 1944, when he came back from the South Pacific during WWII.  They were a loving, happy couple for just a few months shy of 60 years.  Rose has missed him terribly.  He was known as “Curly” and was always a great part of her life.  As their only child, Pattie Nielson has been.  Their only grandchild, Debbie Castin, lives in Rio Rancho ,New Mexico.  Rose has only one sibling-her cherished sister the late  Sadie P. (Orlando) Machi, wife of Anthony T. Machi.  She leaves nieces Dr. Grace Machi, Juliana Garofalo and Rosemary Prebyl.  Her nephews were Dr. Tony Machi (Mary) Atty., Salvatore “Ted” (Kim) Machi, the late Peter as well as Dennis (Judy) and John Prebyl.  Rose is also loved by Juliana Garofolo who lives in Carlsbad, Cal.  Rose and Juliana kept the memory of Juliana’s mother (Warda, Russell’s sister) alive during frequent telephone calls.  Rose played the pump organ at the old St. Rita’s Church.  She taught first grade at the St. Francis Heights School in the old Town of Lake from 1942-1944.  Rose’s husband “Curly” and daughter moved to Milwaukee in November of 1952.  Once settled in Milwaukee she returned to teaching again first grade at Maple Grove School from 1953 to 1983.  It was something she loved and enjoyed.  Her first graders kept in touch with her and her family throughout the years.  Parents were always welcomed in her classroom.  In 1979 Rose was names Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year by the Wis. Council for the Gifted and Talented.  Rose always felt blessed to have had a good life.  She had a wonderful sense of humor that was always enjoyed by many.  She loved people.  Her family belonged to St. Gregory the Great Parish from the beginning.  She belonged to the Widows Group there.  She had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother Sacred Heart Jesus  and St. Anthony (because things were always getting lost!).  Rose and Curly were longtime members of the Italian Community Center.  It is her wish to be cremated and to have her ashes placed beside Curly’s so they will be together for all eternity.  A special thank you to Dr. Radtke. The family would also like to thank St. Camillus for the wonderful care given to Rose.  A Memorial  Visitation will be held on Friday, February 18, 2022 from 10:00AM-11:00AM at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME 6615 W. Oklahoma Ave. Followed by a Mass at 11:30AM at ST. GREGORY THE GREAT CATHOLIC CHURCH 3160 S. 63rd St. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery

One Comment

  1. Bob Verbos February 10, 2022 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I had the privilege to work with Rose at Maple Grove School. Rose was one of the kindest, sweetest people I have known. She was loved by her students and admired by her co-workers. Rose always had a smile and a kind word for everyone she encountered. It was my good fortune to know her.

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