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Rosamunde “Rose” Spadaro

ALBANY – Rosamunde “Rose” Spadaro, 90, of Albany, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Kingsway Arms Nursing Center in Schenectady.  Rose was born in Albany, she was the daughter of the late William Strobel and Babette Nothling Strobel.  She lived in Albany most of her life.  She was a graduate of Albany High School and one of the first women from the Albany Area to serve in the U.S. Air Force. She was employed at a local bank, by the Albany Country Club, and for many years served as a lunch mother at Holy Cross Grade School.  She loved spending time with her family and her late husband at their Adirondack camp.  They would go fishing and spend time outdoors. Rose was a lifelong Communicant of Saint Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church (now All Saints Catholic Church) and was a member of the Rosary Altar Society. She loved to cook and to feed everyone. No one went hungry in her home. Rose had a wonderful sense of humor right until her last days.  German was Rose’s first language.  In 2001 she honed her skills and traveled to Germany to discover her roots and communicate proficiently with her relatives.  She was also a fan of the NY Yankees and the NY Giants, JFK, Frank Sinatra, Christopher Plummer, Russell Crowe and Derek Jeter.  Many who knew her considered her to be the salt of the earth.

Rose is predeceased by her husband Charles N. Spadaro, and by her daughter Susan Cummings Furlong.  She is survived by her children Nancy C. Cummings Dupra (Gary), of Penn Yan NY, Rosemary Spadaro Vatalaro (Jim), of Daniel Island, SC, and Christine Spadaro Durkee (Ken) of Clifton Park; her son in law Kevin Furlong of Albany; her grandchildren Jonathan Dupra (Kim), Joseph Furlong, Michael Furlong, Aidan Vatalaro, Anna Vatalaro, Madison Durkee, and Ryan Durkee; her great grandchildren Garrett and Bode Dupra; and by several nieces, nephews and cousins in the US and Germany.  She is predeceased by her sisters Charlotte “Luddy” Bartholomew, and Wilma LaChapelle.

The family would like to thank Rose’s nieces, nephews, and members of the Bartholomew family for the wonderful care and help they gave to Rose.

Rose was blessed to have a wonderful group of home health aides, who cared for her so deeply and through their dedication, professional and compassionate care she was able to stay in her Albany home as long as possible. Special thanks to her friend “The powerful Katrinka”

The family would also like to thank the staff of Kingsway Arms and Community Hospice for their superb care and love they showed Rose in her final weeks.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning at 8:15 a.m., and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS) at 9:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-7 p.m.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  The family suggests memorial contributions to the Building Fund at St. Clare of Assisi Church, 1947 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit .

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