Rosa Salvatore Gallo, age 84 passed away peacefully at her Scarsdale home surrounded by her loved ones on January 8, 2023. Rosa was born in Torricella Peligna, Abruzzo, Italy on April 27, 1938. She was one of 12 siblings and was lucky to be able to go to school up until the 3rd grade.
When she was 15 years old, she moved to Rome for better opportunities where she met the Love of her Life, Leonardo Gallo. They were married in Italy on April 25, 1959. Shortly after they were married, they moved to Ventimiglia where Leonardo worked as a carpenter in Monte Carlo. Two children were born in Ventimiglia. In 1964 they moved to Rome, purchased an apartment and a 3rd child was born. On April 15, 1966, Rosa & Leonardo with 3 small children moved to New York to be closer to Leonardo’s parents & family. It was a difficult decision to leave their home country but they knew it was the right decision for their growing family, and they never regretted it.
When Rosa & Leonardo came to New York, they taught themselves English by reading the local newspaper and watching the news on TV. They first lived in the Bronx where 3 more children were born. Then in December 1980 they moved to Yonkers to a big beautiful house they always dreamed of owning for their big family with a big yard for the kids to play & to have wonderful parties with their extended family and friends. They also enjoyed working together in their big fruit & vegetable garden. Rosa & Leonardo are true soulmates, always working together whether it was for their children, remodeling their home or celebrating holidays. Leonardo preceded her in death on August 12, 1993, at the young age of 64.
She was a wonderful homemaker and worked in many different jobs so that she can make extra money to have the little extras for her children.
Even though her husband died when she was 55, she stayed strong like a true Taurus, and continued raising her children. The children learned firsthand how to be strong and caring even when things don’t go as one plans. She was very dedicated to her family and very generous to all.
She was a wonderful cook and loved cooking for her family. If one of the children brought a guest, she loved it even more. She was a great seamstress and sewed holiday dresses for her children. In her early years she went everywhere with her 6 children by bus or train until she learned how to drive in 1975.
She loved and cherished her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were the joys of her life and with the little she had she somehow managed to give the best of gifts. The Grandchildren loved sleeping over her house because she would make her special pancakes and then for lunch take them to Nathans or McDonalds and for dinner she would make Nonna’s meatballs or chicken cutlets. Then when the great grandchildren came it only brought more joy to her life.
Rosa moved to Scarsdale in 2017 where she lived up until her passing.
Rosa is survived by 6 children,
Teresa Hrivnak and her spouse James Hrivnak; Adrianna Gallo Licciardone and her spouse Gino Licciardone; Antonella Calderon and her spouse Lance Calderon; Sandra Dickman and her spouse Kenneth Dickman; Lisa Russo and her spouse Louis Russo; Anthony Gallo and his spouse Sandra Gallo,
Amanda Achord and her husband Jesse Achord; Anthony Pugliese, Alexandra Licciardone; Stephanie Hrivnak, Sabrina Curley, Joseph Hrivnak; Louis Russo, Erica Calderon, Leonardo Gallo, Lorenzo & Lucianno Gallo, Valentina Russo, Veronica Dickman, Thomas Russo and Madelaine Dickman & 2 great grandchildren, Angelina & Thomas Achord.
Also survived by her siblings Giovanni (spouse Annamaria), Nicola, Lina, Teresa, Rita.
Predeceased by her parents Domenico & Nicoletta, her siblings Antonio, Giuseppe, Luigi & Palmina
Her Salvatore in-laws, Tasiilio, Tina, Evelino, Pippo, and Beatrice
Also survived from Her Gallo-in-laws Marie, Frank (spouse Maria), Annamaria, Paul (spouse Giovanna)
Predeceased Gallo in-laws, Peter, Bernardo, Frank & Marino
Also survived by over 100 nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews
from the Gallo & Salvatore Families.
She will be remembered as a loving Mother, Nonna, Bisnonna,
Zia, sister, sister-in-law, and friends to many.
The family will receive friends on Thursday January 12, 2023 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Westchester Funeral Home, Inc. Eastchester, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday January 13, 2023 at Immaculate Conception R. C. Church Tuckahoe at 10:30 AM. Entombment to follow at Ferncliff Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be sent to Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism https://www.flutiefoundation.org