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Rosa Gregory

Rosa Gregory

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Rosa E. Gregory age 50. A memorial visitation will be held Thursday January 9th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Interment Private. Information available at 773-685-4400 or at tohlefuneralhome.com


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Maria Herrera & Cecilia, Abel Lucia Crisanta, Alic

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Anna Costantini

Posted at 12:46am
Rosa Elena Gregory, nee Dominguez

My sister, or Seester as we liked to refer to each other, was an exceptional blessing I was graced to have. It brings me immense happiness to look back over the 50 years of our lives that we shared: so many silly moments--downright gut busters at times--for we shared the same sense of humor, childhood shenanigans and teenage growing pains, milestone birthdays and special celebrations, a visit to me and my family in Louisiana when my husband & I moved there so our first Christmas away from home still felt familiar, yearly trips to the Chicago Botanic Garden to celebrate our mother’s birthday, watching her grow as a gardener, learning and benefiting from her handyman skills. Too many moments to ever be able to capture in just a paragraph. Of course, the years also were punctuated with some difficult times, some we endured together and some we endured separately, for there is no such thing as a perfect life in this world. We felt the pain of each other’s hardships & sorrows and supported each other as best as we could. A Seester like her is a blessing indeed.

My Seester’s name was Rosa and it fit her perfectly. She was as beautiful as a rose, and if you can believe it, she was even sweeter. Her big brown eyes were most expressive, and you could easily read the depth of her emotions in them. Her thick head of hair was enviable and yet she always kept it in a simple hairdo. Her smile was so bright and friendly. She was an easy audience and made me feel like I was actually funny; it was always my goal to get a laugh out of her whenever we were together because her laugh was music to my ears. Give her an alcoholic drink and it was giggles galore! She was mischievous and would get a twinkle in her eye when you knew she was about to do or say something that would get a reaction; she would swiftly stick her tongue out too. I will definitely miss that. She was a most affectionate person, always ready with a hug, an arm around your shoulder or a gentle squeeze of your arm.

My Seester was love personified. From all the stray animals she would bring home as a child and pets she kept as an adult, to the way she mothered her four children and cared for her family & friends, to the lasting impressions she made on those who made her acquaintance, to the inklings she would feel toward someone. She described these inklings as “shoulder taps.” These shoulder taps were a feeling that she had when she felt she could provide some assistance that would make a difference for the person they were meant for without them having to ask for it. She was so good at these shoulder taps, demonstrating love even in these small ways. I dare say she was love even to her detriment as she would still give love to those who didn’t deserve it. But that’s what love is. Real love is unconditional, and she lived this belief to the fullest. I lament that she did not feel the enormity of how much she was loved here on earth, but it is a comfort to know that she most certainly feels it now in heaven.

I will feel the loss of my Seester Rosa profoundly for the remainder of my days, but I think the greatest way that I can honor her in life is to try my best to be like her: love personified. I know myself well enough to understand that this will be a challenge for me as I am not inclined to give love so freely and undeservedly as she did, but my motivation is to imagine that my Seester would applaud my attempts and chuckle at my failures. When my time on earth is over and she greets me at heaven’s gate, I hope she will say that I made her proud.

 
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Tina Skorey Posted at 03:39pm

The most beautiful words and sentiments I ever read, Anna. You captured her essence. I also hope to love as freely and as immensely as she always did - that will be her legacy and memory for me. Love you and miss you, Rosa. You're the little sister I adopted and wished I'd had. I'll always keep you in my heart. ~Tina
 
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Lucia Herrera Posted at 02:52pm

Beautiful tribute to Rosa. I remember you both so well. It has been a long time Anna but I never stopped remembering all the good times we has in our youth. So sorry for your loss. She was truly a sweet individual. Que En Paz Descanse.
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