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Rose (Maccia) Briante

February 12, 1922 ~ October 5, 2018 (age 96)

Mrs. Rose Maccia Briante, 96, of Lewisville, NC, passed away in the Palliative Care Unit of Forsyth Medical Center on Friday, October 5, 2018, after a long and difficult battle with macular degeneration and dementia.  She had resided in the reminiscence care community of Brighton Gardens.  Rose was born in Newark, NJ on February 12, 1922, to the late Giuseppe and Aldorada “Dora” Maccia.  She was the youngest in a family of seven children, with four older sisters and two older brothers.  In addition to her parents and siblings, Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Salvatore, who passed away in 1992 after a battle with cancer.  In 1998, Rose moved to Winston-Salem, NC to be near her daughters and their families.  She was described as independent, outgoing, and kindhearted.  She made friends easily and was very generous with them.  Rose enjoyed traveling with her husband and their friends.  They traveled extensively and on one of their trips to Europe, she visited her ancestral hometown of Foggia, Italy.  She loved music and singing and dancing, particularly with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She also enjoyed sewing, cooking, and reading.  Rose often sewed outfits for her daughters and her granddaughter and created many decorative items for her daughters’ homes.  She passed on recipes from her childhood to her daughters as they cooked together.  Sunday dinners and holidays were a gathering of her extended family where they enjoyed Italian favorites learned from her mother.  Rose lived a long and busy life, amazed by the many advances she saw in her lifetime.  She lived through the effects of WWII, awaiting the return of her husband and friends.  She witnessed the invention of television, the space program, advanced air travel, computers, and mobile phones.  Rose is survived by her daughters, Lois Felten and Doreen Sorensen; son-in-law, Harry Sorensen; grandchildren, Kristen Absher (Darren), Robert Sorensen (Michelle), Jason Felten (Jeannie), and Matthew Felten; and great-grandchildren, Michael and Lindsay Absher, Madelyn and Nathan Felten, and Olivia Sorensen.  The vibrancy of Rose will be sorely missed by all who knew her.  A memorial service for Rose will be held in New Jersey at a later date.  Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is assisting the family of Mrs. Briante.

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