Alex James Rosa Sr. (Shon), 85, of Perryopolis, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at Mt. Macrina Manor, Uniontown surrounded by his loving family. Born March 20, 1937 in Jefferson Twp., PA he was the son of the late Paul and Julia Szekeley Rosa. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Preceeded in death by his three brothers Albert, Paul and Steve Rosa and seven sisters Julia Rosa, Ann Vig, Sue DeRuyter Vagasy, Margaret Chuboy, Mary Larence, Pearl Kupets and Irene Keblis.
He was survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Judy Zupancich Rosa, his children, Alex James Rosa Jr. (Margaret) of Odenton, MD, Joseph Rosa (Partner Sherie) of Connellsville, Louie Rosa (Susie) of Carroll Twp., Debbie Baluch (Michael) of Perryopolis, Tricia Ciliberti (Eric) of Perryopolis. Also left to cherish his memory are his loving grandchildren Mary Rosa (Fiance Raymond), Brother Jose, OSB born as Alex James Rosa III, Gabrielle Rosa (Fiance Brandon), Stephanie Brownfield, Katie Buckel (Jacob), Luke Baluch (Hannah), Alicia Ciliberti, Angela Ciliberti, and his great grandchildren Arlo, Eloise, Juniper, Sutton and one on the way, and was a beloved uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.
Alex attended Uniontown High School. He was a member of the US Army Reserves. His first job was a truck driver where he met the love of his life, Judy, while paving the road in front of her house. After they married, they moved to Cleveland, OH, where he worked at White Motors and managed apartment buildings until 1973 when he decided to follow his heart and return to the farm. There he continued to raise his family, and owned and operated Rosa Family Farm for 50 years. The farm was well known for its sweet corn, tomatoes, pumpkins, homemade sausage, and fresh apple cider. More than faming, he loved and cherished his family and always made time to enjoy them no matter how busy he was. He enjoyed watching his family grow through traditions, his favorite being Bucketball, the National Pike Steam Show and reading the Night Before Christmas. He was a devote member of St. John the Baptist RC Church, Perryopolis and for 50 years his faith was a very important part of his life.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Parzynski Funeral Home & Cremations LLC, Family Owned and Operated, 191 Liberty St. Perryopolis, PA 724-736-2515. Prayers of Transfer will be held Friday at 10:00 AM in the funeral home followed by funeral mass at 10:30 AM at St. John The Baptist RC Church with the Rev. Rodolfo Mejia as celebrant. Interment will take place in St. John The Baptist RC Cemetery. Members of St. John the Baptist Parish will pray the rosary for the departed soul of Alex James Thursday at 3 PM in the funeral home.