Roseleen M. "Rosie" (Ward) Catalano

  • Born: January 31, 1940
  • Died: February 13, 2019
  • Location: Yarmouthport, Massachusetts

Farley Funeral Home

358 Park Street
Stoughton, MA 02072

Tel. (781) 344-2676

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Roseleen "Rosie" (Ward) Catalano passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Roseleen was born on January 31, 1940 to Mary and Joseph Ward in Roxbury, later moving with her family to Dorchester. She was the eldest of six children. When Roseleen was 10, her father passed away and she assumed a more maternal role to help her mother with her younger siblings, the youngest of which being 6 months old at the time. She played this motherly role for many other children over the course of the rest of her life. She attended St. Joseph's Academy before continuing her studies at Boston State Teachers College. Upon graduation she started her teaching career in South Boston, retiring approximately 30 years later from the North School in Stoughton. She was a widely admired and respected teacher during her career, primarily teaching second grade. She adored being a teacher; she loved her students, her fellow teachers and her school.

During her junior year of college, she met the love of her life, the late Harold W. Catalano. They married and moved briefly to Canton before settling in Stoughton where they raised their family. Roseleen was a compassionate, caring, and nurturing mother. She leaves behind Kimberly M. Catalano and her husband Paul Childs of W. Barnstable, Matthew W. Catalano and his wife Ann of Stoughton, and Janine M. Alfond and her husband Jamie Parent of Norfolk.

Rosie was also a magical "nana" to her fabulous grandchildren Molly Rose (21), Bridget (18), Benjamin (17), Megan (15), Nora (12), and Harry Martin (9). Her grandchildren were so special to her and she had a unique and special relationship with each of them.

She also leaves behind her loving sister Marianne Connaughton of Needham, and her sisters of choice Nancy Connor of Dorchester and Eileen Ward of Osterville. She was predeceased by four siblings, the late Francis Ward, John Ward, Joseph Ward, and Susan Callahan. She leaves many wonderful friends from many phases of her journey, and her family is so grateful for the part they played in her life. She also has some special friends that unfortunately have gone before her and are there to welcome her. Roseleen had great faith and would always counsel that "all is well" or that a certain situation was a "God wink". Nothing was truly happenstance for Roseleen; it was the Divine way.

In 1993 after her husband Harold died suddenly, she retired from teaching and moved to the Cape, a dream of theirs. She ended up in Harwichport, on a marsh across from the harbor. She loved her home and took pride in it, especially when she entertained. She loved walks on the beach, looking for sea glass, her watercolor classes, and working at Argonauta jewelry for her daughter. She enjoyed her book club and loved spending time with her friends. Meeting new people was both a joy and a gift for her. She was always positive and upbeat.

She was always strong and independent. She lived life her way. She's no longer suffering and her family is grateful, yet will forever miss her dearly. She was a goddess and a mermaid and now she is an angel.

"Love, like the ocean, continues beyond the horizon...and life, like the sun, shines where we cannot see."

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Cape Church, 468 Stony Brook Rd., Brewster on Saturday, April 6 at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Roseleen's memory may be made to St. Joseph's Indian School at 1301 North Main Street, Chamberlain, SD 57325.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Mrs. Catalano. I did not know you personally however I grew up with your husband Harold, we were in high school together in fact I knew the entire Catalano family. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Robert Naja - Largo, FL - Family Friend   April 04, 2019

Mrs. Catalano was my second grade teacher in the early 80's. She was so kind and patient. I remember her fondly. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Suzanne Young - Easton, MA - Student   March 18, 2019

Kim, so sorry to hear about your Mom, I enjoyed any time that I spent with you and her. I'll always remember her lovely home in Harwich, it was stunning. Thinking of you at this sad time. Your old Willow Street neighbor, Dari Davis

Posted by Dareen (Dari) Davis - West Harwich, MA - Neighbor   February 25, 2019

Roseleen was an amazing teacher to our three children and a wonderful part of our North School family.
She was respected, loved and treasured by us and all who knew her. We are forever grateful for her dedication and wisdom.

Posted by Paul and Linda Landry - Stoughton, MA - Friend   February 24, 2019

I'm so sorry for the loss of Roseleen. I have known her for sixty years. She was a very kind and thoughtful friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She will be missed.

Posted by Marilyn McCarthy - West Roxbury,, MA - classmate   February 24, 2019

Three of our four children were privileged to have Mrs. Catalano as their second-grade teacher and what a great teacher she was! Rest In Peace.

Posted by Jack//Judy Coughlin - So. Yarmouth, MA - Acquaintance   February 24, 2019

So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you, Lisa Areniello and all the stylist at L.A. Express Salon

Posted by Lisa Areniello    February 22, 2019

To the Catalano Family - so sorry for your loss, your Mom was a wonderful and caring person. Tom and Ellen Nashawaty

Posted by Ellen Nashawaty - Dennis, MA - Friend   February 22, 2019

Will always remember the night I was a guest of a great family Mr b raymond

Posted by Raymond buote - Middleboro, MA - Friend   February 22, 2019

Aunt Roseleen you will be missed by many including all your nieces and nephews. Love Diane

Posted by Diane Alden-Manory - Charlestown, NH - Family   February 21, 2019

Rosie was such a special lady. She was always a gracious hostess as she invited us many times to share her beautiful home. She will be missed

Posted by Cathy McCarthy - Teacher   February 21, 2019

so very sad to read these news. Twenty-four years have gone by since we haven't seen each other, but I have kept you very close to my heart, since my first day as a teacher at the North School back in 1980. You were always very helpful. Thank you, Rosie! May you rest in the sweetest peace, you deserve it! To your family, I send my love at this very, very difficult moment. Maria Vargas

Posted by Maria Vargas - Faial island - Açores - Friend   February 21, 2019


To the Catalano family it breaks my heart to hear of the passing of Roseleen. I recently had the pleasure of meeting her granddaughter Bridget, I spoke of how long I knew the Catalano family from my many years at Pk. Dental, and hoped she would remember me to her grandmother, ... my prayers are with you family... let the angels guide your mom/grandmom to the eternal love and light of God....

Posted by marcia springstead - sharon, MA - Acquaintance   February 21, 2019

This breaks my heart. She was such a love - a memorable person. Rest
peacefully, Roseleen.

Posted by Janice and Barry Mead - Mashpee - Friend   February 21, 2019

Sorry for your loss. She was a good friend to her fellow graduates of st.joseph

Posted by Elizabeth (Betty) Scolamiero - Middleboro, MA - Classmate   February 21, 2019

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