Rose Marie Vanaman

(Jul 22, 1922 to Dec 21, 2012)

On Friday, December 21st, Rose Marie Vanaman passed away peacefully at the age of 90 in the company of her family. Born in 1922 to Luigi and Maryangela DiLossi of Philadelphia, Rose moved to Swedesboro during the Great Depression, where she would continue to live for the rest of her life. Shortly after World War II, Rose met Earl Vanaman, whom she would marry in 1948, beginning a 52 year union which brought them three daughters, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Always a colorful and feisty personality, Rose was well known for her wonderful, dry sense of humor that could bring a smile or a laugh to any situation. She also loved to travel with her family, play cards, do crossword puzzles and would never turn down a trip to the casino, be it Atlantic City, Chester or even Las Vegas. In addition to having fun, Rose was also a lifelong homemaker and career woman. She began working as a Philadelphia telephone operator in 1940 and continued to work until her retirement from Rowan University, where she was a beloved member of the security department, in 1989. Rose is preceded in death by her late husband Earl Vanaman and is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Tom Schoener, Terry Vanaman-Cole and John Cole, and LuAnn and James Lovegrove as well as her grandchildren Taylor Lovegrove, Michael Foulke and his wife Justina and her great-granddaughter Etta Rose Foulke. She is also survived by her two sisters, Ann D’ Orazio of Philadelphia and Lucy Coyle of Ocean City and her brother Joe Giordano of Pitman. Services will be held at the Daley Life Celebration Studio in Swedesboro on Thursday, December 27th from 9-11am followed by a mass of Christian burial at St. Joseph’s Church at 11:30am.rnrn –

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