In memory of
Marie A. Rotella
Marie Ann (Burke) Rotella, 94, of Monroeville, passed away suddenly Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, with her loving daughter by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Alexander A. Rotella; and devoted and loving mother of Alexander A. Rotella Jr. and Patricia M. (John Reuther) Rotella. She is also survived by a niece, Valarie (Alan) Povanda; nephews, Joseph (Dorothy) Burke, Vincent Burke, Thomas (Jan) Burke and Patrick (Jennifer) Burke; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Joseph A. Burke; and her parents, Harry and Mary Elizabeth Burke; uncle, Harry McCloskey; and niece, Edith von Briel. Marie was born May 27, 1922, in Braddock. She attended millinery school after graduating from Sacred Heart High School in 1940. Marie was an excellent seamstress, making her first dress at eight years of age and designed and made all of her clothes as a young woman. She believed in hard work and perseverance, especially when times were tough. She started working at age 14 to help her family during the Depression and had numerous occupations, always looking to improve herself. Marie was a kind, considerate and generous person, never failing to help someone in need. She loved her family and made many sacrifices to provide a warm and loving home. She was an excellent cook, making the most wonderful meals and exceptional spaghetti sauce. She enjoyed baking, gardening, sewing, needlepoint and flower-arranging. She loved to read and had a thirst for knowledge, always encouraging us to learn new things. Marie also had a love for music and dancing. She especially enjoyed the accordion, and in her later years we spent happy times listening to her favorite songs. She loved taking care of people and was very fond of all of the wonderful dogs she had over the years. She is now reunited with them and all of her family in heaven.We are very grateful for the many years we were blessed, sharing our lives and love with her, for every life lesson she taught us, all the love we shared and for every precious memory we now share together forever. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at JOBE FUNERAL HOME, 445 Beatty Road, Monroeville, PA 15146, 412-856-4747. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at North American Martyrs Church, 2526 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA 15146. Interment is to follow at All Saints Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.www.jobefuneralhome.com .
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