Rose M. (Nardone) Sheeler, 90, of Koppel, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 25, 2016, in Avalon Nursing Center, New Castle. Born February 27, 1926, in Koppel, she was the daughter of the late Saverio Nardone and Theresa (DiPalma) Nardone Esoldo. She was a member of Queen of Heaven Parish in Koppel until its closing in 2011, and was currently a member of Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City. Rose was a cook at the Corner Tavern in West Mayfield for over 40 years, and she enjoyed every minute of it. Her cooking skills were legendary. She was known for making the best Pasta e Fagioli and Wedding Soup. Rose never tired from hosting family, friends, and neighbors. Her home had a revolving door. Her love for antiques inspired her to teach refinishing classes so she could pass her knowledge to others. She was a collector of many things which was reflected when you walked into her home. She taught herself how to sew and crochet. Rose had an undying love for God and her Queen of Heaven Parish. She and her brother Nick made sure that seasonal flowers always welcomed the parishioners. She would cart water in buckets from her home to the church to keep the flowers blooming, and taught her children and grandchildren to do the same. She will always be remembered for her generosity. With Rose, family came first. She had an uncanny way of making every member of her family feel as though they were “her favorite.” In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William L. “Bill” Sheeler, in 2000; her stepfather, Frank Esoldo; her brother, Nicholas Nardone; her sisters, Congetta Nardone Priestas, Lena Nardone Biega and Malina Nardone (1938); her stepbrothers, Alfred, Louis and Michael Esoldo; her stepsisters, Josephine “Jay” Bennett, Margaret “Maggie” Beres, Minnie Short and Lydia Humbert; her sisters-in-law, Louise Rocco Nardone and Marie Colaizza; and her brothers-in-law, Albert Guandolo, Albert Biega, Frank Priestas, Joseph Sheeler and John Sheeler. Rose is survived by her four daughters, Sondra (Donald) Viccari, Rosemary (Natale) Prestopine and Teresanne (Pat) Boyle, all of Ellwood City, and Connie (Sean) Kearney of Chippewa Twp.; her sister, Alvida Guandolo of Chippewa Twp.; two brothers, Evan (Judy) Nardone of Connellsville and Anthony “Tony” (Darlene) Esoldo of Koppel; two sisters-in-law, Ann Sheeler of Ellport and Shirley Nardone of Koppel; a brother-in-law, Bud (Norma) Sheeler of Koppel; ten grandchildren, Bill (Maggie) Viccari, Donnie (Shelly) Prestopine, Frank (Tammy) Viccari, Lisa Montozzi, BJ (Beth) Boyle, Patrick (Leah) Boyle, Sean (Lauren) Kearney, Brittany (Devin) Walsh, Brendan Kearney and Alexa Rose Kearney; eighteen great-grandchildren, Emily and Michael Medlin, Anna Sophia Viccari, Jacob and Sydney Viccari, Jordan Viccari and Jada Montozzi, Kira Rose, Alyson and Rylee Prestopine, Lucas, Ella, Geno and Alaina Rose Boyle, Mason, Reese and Carson Kearney, and Lena May Walsh; one great-great-grandson, Gunner Prestopine; one step great-grandson, Ryan Derbaum, and one step great-great-grandson, Gio Derbaum. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews; a very special friend of the heart, William “Bill” (Karen) Geer of Koppel; a special cousin, Minnie Nardo Taffe; and many Nardo cousins in Bellaire, OH. Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. in the GABAUER-MATTER FUNERAL HOME, 3500 Third Ave., Koppel, www.gabauermatterfuneralhome.com, where prayers will be held Thursday at 9:20 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Redeemer Church. Father Zachary Galiyas will officiate. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. The family requests that contributions be made in Rose’s name to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15205. The family would like to thank the Avalon Nursing Center Staff and Administration, Jameson Hospice, Vitas Hospice, Dr. Ricardo Raymundo, and Dr. Joseph M. Coney for their kindness and compassionate care towards our Mother. A special thank you to Vicky Rozanski, who was a loving caregiver and special friend to our mother.
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