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Angela Rose "Rose" De Fabrizio
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Birth: 1925
Death: Oct. 6, 1946
Nassau County
New York, USA

Angela Rose De Fabrizio was a beautiful young lady who was the daughter of Louis De Fabrizio of Inwood. "Rose" was madly in love with her high school sweetheart John Mastantuono, and prior to him being sent to WWII in the Army, they had planned to wed. Unfortunately, their plans had to wait two years until he returned from the war. They were to be married on October 6th, 1946. On the day of their nuptial bliss she secretly met with John (or Johnny as she called him) and told him "I love you with all my heart." Later when it was time for the wedding and she prepared to walk down the aisle with her father, she tripped on her train and collapsed.

At first her father thought she fainted until he saw she had stopped breathing. Sadly, she died. It took awhile for the autopsy report to explain her death was from heart failure. Her groom was heartbroken as he had lost several other family members in the years prior. He felt as if "death followed him."-

Rose's funeral took place on October 10th at St. Joachim's church, while she was buried at St. Mary's (now known as St. Mary's Star of the Sea). She was buried in her wedding gown and her wedding bouquet that she crushed when she collapsed onto them. Her groom paid his last respects and token of love to her by bestowing his last and final gift to the love of his life, by ordering that a heart of orchids and 300 red roses be placed upon her white coffin. Rose's family stayed in front of her coffin alongside Johnny, grief stricken and weak during the service.

It was said that nearly 600 people attended the funeral earlier in the day, while 100 people stood outside the Church in the rain. The motorcade of 35 automobiles, along with the hearse followed to the cemetery where nearly twice as many people came to see Rose interred into her final resting place. A large wreath of white carnations that were given by the ushers and the bridesmaids, lay atop the white coffin as a final act of respect to a lost friend. Rose's father stooped down to her coffin and picked one flower up to take with him before walking away.


(From "Never Made It To The Altar"- Rose De Fabrizio, by author J'aime Rubio 
Saint Mary's Star of the Sea Cemetery
Nassau County
New York, USA
Created by: J. Rubio
Record added: Mar 22, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 107131072
Angela Rose Rose De Fabrizio
Added by: J. Rubio
Angela Rose Rose De Fabrizio
Added by: J. Rubio
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- J. Rubio
 Added: Apr. 16, 2013
When I was just a kid, I saw a picture of you in a book called, The Best of Life, and the picture was taken on your wedding day. It wasn't the kind of a picture that one would expect to see on such an occasion, but I could never get the image out of my he...(Read more)
- R. Boulware
 Added: Apr. 5, 2013
RIP dear Rose.
- J. Rubio
 Added: Mar. 22, 2013

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