Rose­marie Basso

March 31, 1945 - Septem­ber 11, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Our beau­ti­ful Rosie lost her long bat­tle with in­ter­sti­tial lung dis­ease and leukemia on Mon­day, Septem­ber 11. A true ex­am­ple of strength, courage and grace, she fought to the end with her de­voted hus­band and chil­dren by her side.

Lov­ing wife to her beloved Dave. Much loved mother of Greg Basso (Heather), Dave Basso (Katie), and Lisa Capo­bianco (Colin). Also a lov­ing Nonni to her cher­ished grand­chil­dren Vinny, Carter, Cali, Grace, Elena, Michael, and Chase.

Rosie was born on March 31, 1945, to her late mother Agnes O’Shea and fa­ther Michael O’Shea. She is sur­vived by her sis­ter Mau­reen O’Shea and her brother Pa­trick O’Shea (El­lie) of South Carolina. Grow­ing up in San Fran­cisco, Rosie at­tended St. Mon­ica’s and went on to grad­u­ate from Pre­sen­ta­tion High School. Af­ter two years at City Col­lege of San Fran­cisco, Rosie pur­sued a ca­reer in Hu­man Re­sources at Liv­ingston Bros. Depart­ment Stores. In 1968, Rosie met her soul­mate, Dave, and they soon mar­ried, started a fam­ily rais­ing four chil­dren in Terra Linda, and have been a true ex­am­ple of love and de­vo­tion for 47 years.

Rosie’s great­est pas­sion was her fam­ily and her friends. She was a loyal and car­ing wife, mother, nonni and friend, and in turn was blessed with fam­ily and friends who gave her so much joy and hap­pi­ness through­out her life. She cher­ished every op­por­tu­nity to spend time with her fam­ily, spoil her grand­chil­dren, and smile and laugh with her friends. She was for­ever grate­ful for the love and joy her grand­chil­dren gave her on a daily ba­sis. Rosie’s other great pas­sion was help­ing others in need, es­pe­cially chil­dren. Af­ter trag­i­cally los­ing her son, Michael, she and Dave spear­headed a foun­da­tion in Mike’s mem­ory to help the less for­tu­nate. Rosie de­voted the past twen­ty­four years to bring­ing a smile to so many chil­dren and fam­i­lies through­out the Bay Area.

Rosie was also blessed with her “an­gels” on Earth who cared for her dur­ing her many years of ad­ver­sity with health is­sues, es­pe­cially the UCSF Lung Trans­plant doc­tors and nurses and her care­giver, Meg Duf­fi­cyKang. Rosie’s heart and soul will for­ever be grate­ful for her “guardian an­gel,” her lov­ing hus­band Dave, who was with her every sin­gle step of the way on her jour­ney.

A me­mo­rial mass in cel­e­bra­tion of Rosie’s life will be held on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 21, 2017. It will be­gin at 11am at St. Vin­cent’s Church lo­cated at One St. Vin­cent’s Church Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903.

In lieu of flow­ers, please give some­one you love a hug. Life is pre­cious.

Me­mo­rial do­na­tions pre­ferred to The Michael Basso Me­mo­rial Foun­da­tion, P.O. Box 6112, San Rafael, CA 94903-0112 or the char­ity of your choice.

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