Ralph Odone Rosazza

April 18, 1932 - July 13, 2022 Avondale, PA | Age 90

Ralph Odone Rosazza, age 90 passed away on July 13, 2022. He is survived by his wife Barbara Myers Rosazza with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Born on April 18, 1932 in Avondale, he was the son of Fay Sluder and Clarence Rosazza.

Ralph lived in Avondale all his life working as a flower grower in the family business, Rosazza Greenhouses. Ralph graduated from Avon-Grove High School in 1951 as president of his class. He lettered in soccer, basketball, baseball and track. After high school, he played on a traveling legion baseball team. He was a member of the Kennett Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame.
From 1955 – 1964 he served as a SPC Specialist in the US Army.

Ralph was active in the boy scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 3. He was pack master of Pack 191 for several years before returning to Troop 3 as a Troop Committeeman.

Ralph was elected to the Avondale Borough Council serving for 16 years, president for 12 years. He also was a member of the Avondale Sewer Authority, later becoming the Avondale Republican Committeeman.

While his sons played little league baseball, he was treasurer and equipment manager, helping with the little league carnivals.

In addition to his wife, Ralph is survived by his children, Ronald O. Rosazza (Mary Lou) of Avondale, Joan Rosazza Brackin (David) of Oxford and Daniel E. Rosazza (Cordelia) of Avondale, 3 grandchildren, Rebecca, Sara and Carolyn Rosazza, brother Richard P. Rosazza of Avondale and sister Shirley Raimato.

Ralph was preceded in death by his brother Thomas Rosazza.

Friends will be received on Monday, July 18, 2022 from 9 to 11 AM at the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, 200 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA 19390. Interment will be private at Union Hill Cemetery, Kennett Square. Contributions may be made in Ralph’s name to Hometown Heroes Wall Fund, 3 Miller Dr., Avondale PA 19311.

Memorial Donations

Hometown Heroes Wall Fund

3 Miller Drive
Avondale, Pennsylvania 19311.

Services

Visitation

July 18, 2022 9 AM - 11 AM Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove
200 Rose Hill Road
West Grove, Pennsylvania 19390

Guestbook

  1. I will have fond memories of Ralph for the rest of my life. He was a gem of a human being – bright eyed, hard working, honest, and sociable. I always enjoyed talking with him at the greenhouses and I had so much respect for him and Barbara and the fact that they were keeping the tradition of cut flowers alive in Chester County. Ralph will be greatly missed by the community. He touched so many lives, mine included. My condolences to Barbara, Danny, Cordelia, his grandchildren and the whole family.

    Carin M Bonifacino | July 18, 2022 at 8:06 PM
  2. My prayerful condolences to Barbara and all her loved ones. Whenever I would purchase pants and flowers at their green house, Ralph and Barbara would carefully and warmly assist me, as I needed their expert help. May Ralph rest in the Peace of Jesus and Barbara be comforted by the strengthening Peace of Jesus.
    Dennis Shannon
    Customer who felt genuinely appreciated and enjoyed my visits with Ralph and Barbara

    Dennis Shannon | July 18, 2022 at 5:57 PM
  3. Our condolences. Many childhood memories from our greenhouses and yours! 🌹
    Linda Walton Currie and family

    Linda Currie | July 18, 2022 at 12:50 PM
  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Terry and Sylvia Arnold, Jessie | July 17, 2022 at 10:08 PM
  5. Thinking of the Rosazza Family as they say goodbye to Ralph. He was a part of “the home town history” of Avondale and will be remembered fondly for his beautiful flowers, his Community support and his ability to spin a good story!
    Thoughts and Prayers and Happy Memories,
    Russ and Kathy

    Kilmer | July 17, 2022 at 1:32 PM
  6. Dear Friends,

    Our hearts were sad when we learned of Ralph’s passing. Oh happy day in Heaven. We have lost a precious friend and a huge loss to the Avondale-West Grove Community. We have fond memories of Ralph and we know your family does also. They will keep his love alive in your hearts.

    Our prayer is for you to feel God’s peace as you grieve, knowing you are being prayed for by so many who love your family.

    Warmest love and sympathy,

    Min and Frank

    Min and Frank Pusey | July 16, 2022 at 12:36 PM
  7. Ron & Rosazza Family, Very sorry reading about your fathers passing. Real nice man, very business like when I was growing up. I remember him from Little Leagues days when he used to be treasurer and the equipment manager long time ago. A lot of those managers spoke highly of your Dad. Later on we talk when he would drop his roses off at the old mushroom dock in Avondale my Dad used. He had a great love for sports and I can see why after reading his obit. Be at peace knowing he led a good life and is in heaven today. Our condolences to your family.
    Michael, Maryann

    Michael Conner | July 15, 2022 at 12:21 PM
  8. Ralph was a legend in his hometown of Avondale along with his Rosazza family. Anyone who walked through the Rosazza Greenhouse door was a new friend.

    They could count on Ralph for a conversation about history, flower business, sports or anything going on in the area. This Hometown business was where all the locals would shop for funeral flowers, wedding arrangements, beautiful poinsettias for the holidays for churches or homes. Anytime special that called for flowers we could drop by and pick up a beautiful vase of flowers or plants for the season. His wife Barbara was by his side taking orders and making arrangements and son Danny was there through the years.

    Ralph will be missed by so many who knew him as a part of the town and those who knew him through his business, but mostly by his loving wife and the many members of his family. Our thoughts are with each of you as you face the loss of this loved one

    Judy and Tommy Young

    Judy+and+Tommy+Young | July 15, 2022 at 11:02 AM
  9. My condolences to Ralph’s family. I remember him from years ago when he would come to the market on King Street in Wilmington each week and chat about the people we both knew from the West Grove/Avondale area. So very well-suited for the business of making things grow, his love for the beauty of nature always showed in his spirit. His soul was worn on his face, always a smile and a kind word for everyone. Rest in peace.

    Judy Lowstuter | July 14, 2022 at 4:48 PM
  10. I am so sorry. Mr. Rosazza was always so nice to my family when we came up to visit Cordelia, Danny and the girls. Praying for all of you.

    Debbie | July 14, 2022 at 4:27 PM

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