Posted: Mon 7:35 AM, May 13, 2013
February 11, 1926 - May 8, 2013
Rosalie S. Cotropia, 87, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. A time to visit with family and friends will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on Sunday, May 12, at Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed at 6:00 pm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, May 13 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 2541 Earl Rudder Freeway, College Station, with Rev. Fr. Kurtis Wiedenfeld presiding and Deacon Bill Scarmardo assisting. Interment will follow at 2:00 pm at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Bryan.
Born on February 11, 1926 in Smetana, Texas, to Sam C. Scarmardo, Sr. and Josephine (Maglitto), Rosalie graduated from Caldwell High School and McKenzie-Baldwin Business College. She worked in Houston at the Law Offices of Leon Jaworski and also at Bryan Air Field before marrying Lawrence Cotropia in July 1946. They lived in rural Robertson County near Hearne, Texas, where they farmed and raised four children. Rosalie later moved to College Station to be closer to her family upon the death of her husband. A longtime member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in College Station, she was very involved in prayer ministry.
Creative from her early years, Rosalie found joy in the fresh smell of a new box of crayons. She enjoyed drawing and her favorite subjects were bluebonnets, cotton fields and people. After raising her family, she was inspired to take community education art classes and became well known throughout the community for her award-winning oil and watercolor paintings. In 1978, just her third year of instruction, she won "Best of Show" in the Brazos Valley Juried Art Show for her most loved and admired piece, "Celestine."
Rosalie was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Cotropia, and a son, Carl James Cotropia, M.D.
Rosalie's survivors include her children, Kathleen Hubbard of Bryan, Ray Cotropia of Arlington, Lisa Trampota and husband Jerry, of College Station, daughter-in-law, Kolette Cotropia of Fort Worth, and Dan Hubbard of Mansfield; grandchildren, David Benedict and wife Amy, Jared Benedict and wife René, Daniel and Michael Trampota, Sarah Cotropia, Jennifer and Chad McMillan, Jaime and Scott Kephart; great-grandchildren, Callie and Rachel Benedict, Sydney and Zachary McMillan; siblings, Angela Fredericksen and husband Carl, Marie Fredericksen and husband Paul, Lucy Batten and husband Bully, Sam Scarmardo, Jr. and wife Linda, Steve Scarmardo and wife Daune; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lovingly referred to as "Maw Maw", family and friends will miss her quick wit, her fun-loving sense of humor and her delicious cream puffs! Rosalie will be remembered for her deep faith in God, loving devotion to her family, her passion for working crossword puzzles and her many pieces of art.
Special thanks go out to Rosalie's many caregivers who took such loving care of her, and to the staff at Isle at Watercrest.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Rosalie's name to the American Heart Association , 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231, www.heart.org, American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345, www.cancer.org, or Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803, www.hospicebrazosvalley.org
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