Rosina DeLucie, a longtime parishioner of St. Anselm Church who was known affectionately as “Rosie,” died from complications of congestive heart failure on Jan. 23.
Born on Feb. 25, 1925, she was the eighth of 10 children born to Julia Marro and John DeLucie. She attended Girls’ Commercial High School in Brooklyn, where she studied costume design and won the top class awards of her day.
She first worked as a seamstress for multiple sweatshops in Manhattan. DeLucie became a specialist in creating hats and got a prized position as a milliner working for Sally Victor, a celebrated Madison Avenue designer. She was the creator of the hats worn by celebrities and dignitaries, including first ladies Mamie Eisenhower and Jackie Kennedy.
The hat business became defunct, so she tried her hand at secretarial work, but her mother’s failing health soon required her full-time attention. DeLucie became the caregiver to her mother for 20 years until her death in 1990. Through this, she found a vocation in giving service to the sick and those in need. She was a constant figure in the ministries of St. Anselm parish, serving as Eucharistic minister, visiting the sick and lectoring at mass.
Her kindness, sensitivity, sharp sense of humor, youthful spirit and ability to bring comfort to others made her unique, her family said. DeLucie died from complications of congestive heart failure on Jan. 23 at R.W. Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. The DeLucie family received mourners at McLaughin & Sons Funeral Home on Friday Jan. 27.
A mass of Christian burial was held at St. Anselm Roman Catholic Church on Jan. 28. DeLucie was buried in St. John’s Cemetery in Queens. Donations in her name may be made to: Catholic Relief Services, 228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, Md., 21201-3413.
February 2, 2012 - 1:42pm