Rosa Wagner, 94, of Seaside, CA, passed away on March 2, 2022 after many
glorious rotations around the sun. Born in Spinembecco, Italy on March 28, 1927,
she was proud of her Northern Italian heritage, but even more proud of becoming
an American citizen.
She met her beloved husband, George, while he was stationed in Italy with the
U.S. Army. They married and the military life took them to many beautiful places
around the world. They ultimately settled on the Monterey Peninsula where she
put down roots and made many lifelong friendships.
She retired from her position at the Naval Postgraduate School Uniform Shop
after 16 years of dedicated service. She was a skilled seamstress and her work was
in demand from her clients for many years upon her retirement.
In her later years, Rosa spent her time caring for her granddaughter, socializing
with her friends and family, and reading. She stayed up-to-date on current events
and never missed an episode of Jeopardy. Rosa was an avid reader, who enjoyed
historical and romance novels, but she loved nothing more than to keep her
company laughing and well-fed. Her “nana cookies” were a family favorite and
were shipped around the world. She showed her love through her cooking,
especially her spaghetti and she never turned down dessert.
Rosa was preceded in death by her husband, George; son, Gianpaolo ‘Paul’
Wagner; and sister, Yolanda. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Martha
Wagner Moss (Robert), her granddaughter, Enjolina Campbell (Ian) and three
great-grandsons, Evan, Adam, and Oscar, who brought her so much joy, love, and
laughter; her daughter-in-law and confidante, Maria Wagner; grandsons,
JohnPaul ‘Butch’ Wagner, Fred Heimstra (Camille), John Heimstra (Andrea),
and Andy Heimstra (Lisa); great-granddaughters, Lexie (Eduardo), Abigail and
Aspen (Carson), and great-grandsons, Andrew, Freddie, and Jordan (Donna); and
three great-great grandchildren; and her brothers in Italy, Sinezio Rodin
(Rosetta) and Ginetto Rodin (Rita) and her many nieces and nephews; and her
daughter through marriage, Sarajane Briner.
She was blessed to have many wonderful friends and neighbors in her life and
they were equally blessed to have her in theirs. Her generosity and warmth was
unmatched and all who had the fortune of having even the briefest conversation
with her walked away smiling, marveling at her sharp wit and playful sense of
humor. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Maryanne Will,
her thoughtful and loving neighbor and friend.
At Rosa’s request, no services will be held. A celebration of her life is planned for
later this summer.