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Rose Mary Saba

ROSE MARY SABA (nee Nashar) age 96, beloved wife of the late Henry “Lou”; loving mother of Louis (wife Barbara), Jess (wife Ruth), Joseph, Mary Margaret Saba-Keating (husband Dennis) and Gery (wife Kim); devoted grandmother of Christopher (wife Johanna), Jason (wife Megan), Steven Keating, Rory Keating (wife Vanessa), Gilson Saba (wife Aleyshia), Sidinei Saba and great-grandmother of 8; stepgrandmother of Grant and Brian; cherished daughter of the late George and Mary (nee Chatta) Nashar; dearest sister of the late Margaret Nasrey (husband Edward, deceased), Mitchell (wife Mary, deceased), Joseph (wife Barbara and Louise, deceased) and John Nashar (wife Jenny); dear aunt and great-aunt of many.

Rose was born on November 27, 1922 in Boston Massachusetts and passed away on February 1, 2019. At the age of 5, her family settled in the Detroit area where she quickly made some beautiful lifetime friends. She married Lou, the love of her life, in 1949 and set up home in Cleveland with him. They raised their 5 children in Euclid. Her beloved husband passed away suddenly in 1970 leaving her to raise her children on her own. She accepted her fate with much grace and determination and vowed that she would give her children the love, faith and strength they would need to become the best at life. She succeeded in her goals. She enjoyed her work with her father in their family market in Detroit and later in life, her retail work at May Company. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Rose loved listening to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, loved playing the slot machines in casinos. She deeply cherished her Christian faith, family, and the memories made with them. Rose was a gentle, kind, strong and independent woman. She accepted the fate that God bestowed on her knowing the challenges a single parent will endure. The family wishes to thank all of the people who have kindly played a role in her life, especially her Christian family at St William and Robert Church. Rose will be dearly missed by all, but her lessons in life will live on forever.

Contributions may be made in memory of Rose to St. Jude Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10 AM at SS Robert & William Catholic Church, 367 E 260th St, Euclid, OH 44132. Burial following at All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Rose at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) TUESDAY 4-8PM.

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  1. Sending Sympathy and hugs to the whole family. I have many happy memories growing up next door.

  2. Richard & Sandra Filipowicz, Douglas Motto

    Dear Saba Family~~ We are deeply saddened by your loss. She was “Grandma Rosie” to us and loved. We will always remember her wonderful spirit.

  3. Dear Mary and all the Saba family. We wish to send our heartfelt prayers and condolences to you for the loss of you mother, Rose.
    You were blessed to have such a beautiful example of God’s love in your life. May her memory sustain and carry you. Love and blessings, Maureen and Joe Moses

  4. Bonnie L. Bidleman

    Jess, Ruth, Gilson, Sidinei and the rest of the family, what a beautiful tribute you have all written for your mother.

  5. We were so very sorry to learn of “Aunt” Rose’s passing. My father – her first cousin George – looked up to her and “Aunt” Margaret during those early years in Boston, and Aunt Rose – who was a month older than dad, was protective of him as he was sickly in his youth. Aunt Bernie was also very close to Margaret and Rose, and they shared wonderful times together in Boston and Detroit. Aunt Rose has now joined her beloved husband, siblings, and cousins in heaven, where I believe they are doing the dabke and laughing about the old times they shared together. We all send our deepest condolences and much love to the family.

  6. May her memory be eternal. What a beautiful tribute. Please know we ate there for you, Mary.

  7. I loved talking with Aunt Rose when she visited Detroit, and still remember the nice time my family spent visiting the Sabas in Cleveland when I was young. She will be missed. My condolences to the family.

  8. Chris Nashar Smith

    I have wonderful memories of Aunt Rosie while growing up in Detroit and our family visits to Ohio. She’s up in heaven with her brothers and sister, Rest In Peace Aunt Rosie.

  9. Lou: My deepest condolences to you & your family on the passing of your beloved Mother. Charlie Nipros

  10. Mary and family, our deepest sympathy to all of you. What a wonderful tribute to your mom – the beautiful written words and the lovely video that we just watched captured her life in every stage. May God rest her soul and may you find peace knowing that you honored her so much in life and took such great care of her. We were sorry we are away and couldn’t be with you at this time, but know you are in our hearts. Much love, Celeste and Don

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