In Loving Memory
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Rose Theolinda Monsanto
February 22, 1904 January 22, 1989
'The Lord is my Shepherd,
1 I shall not want..."
SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral
Viewing 1:00 p.m.
Service 2:00 p.m.
S. Interment at Western Cemetery
Monday, January 30, 1989
Austin (Babe) Monsanto/Esonia Monsanto Hassell
George Junior Monsanto/ Norma Monsanto Walters
Algernon Monsanto/Roy David Monsanto
Boyd Alfred Monsanto/Claude Maloon, Jr.
Alda Monsanto/Mary Monsanto
Stephanie Hernaiz/Lois Hassell-Habtcyes
Louise Hassell-Armstrong/Lorayne Adelle Hassell
Laura Anne Hassel/Lisa Hassell-Forde/Louis A. Hassell II
Trevore Monsanto/ Stephen Monsanto/Edwin Monsanto
George Monsanto II/Sheila Monsanto/John Monsanto
Boyd Monsanto, Jr/Janet Monsanto/James Monsanto
Lorraine Monsanto/Sharon Monsanto/Darnn Monsanto/
Verne Monsanto, JrJAnna Maloon Lake/
Monique Maloon/Marsha Maloon
Shanese Nicole Armstrong/Julius E. Armstrong II
Schantel Monique Armstrong/Sennai Yegin Habtcyes
Imnett Ycgin Habteyes/Kesia MonsantolLouis Monsanto
Averly Lake/Avana Lake/Shirrel Monsanto/Jerac Allyson Forde
Stephen Monsanto/Edwin Monsanto/Louis A. Hassell II
Yegin Habteyes/Jean A. Forde/Ezekiel Walters
Honorary Pall Bearers
Austin Monsanto/George Junior Monsanto/Claude Maloon, Jr.
Rose Theolinda Monsanto
February 22,1904-January 22,1989
Rose Theolinda Monsanto, more affectionately known as
"Grannie Rose", was born to Adelia and John Mahoney on
February 22, 1904 at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, V.I.
At the early age of three (3) when her parents had
moved to Santo Domingo, she was sent to reside with an aunt rn
the sister island of St. Croix, where she attended St. Patrick
Catholic School in Fredcriksted.
Following her formal education on St. Croix, she returned
to St. Thomas where she met and subsequently married the Late
George Monsanto, Sr.
During her lifetime, Mrs. Monsanto was blessed with
seven (7) sons and two (2) daughters. (On September 10, 1979 a
son, Verne Monsanto, Sr. preceded her in his passing.")
"Grannic Rose" unselfishly devoted her attention and
efforts during her lifetime to caring for her family and close
friends and spending very special times with those even closer to
It was her deep love for people and her untiring desire to
give service to her community that prompted her to choose
nursing as a profession. She retired as a Licensed Practical
Nurse (LPN) from the then Knud Memorial Hospital
(Department of Health) on October 31, 1971.
After her retirement from Government Service, "Grannie
Rose" travelled extensively to such places as Rome, Italy,
Venice, England, Jerusalem, India and Africa, not to mention
many states in the US., but more often New York City. It is here
that she passed on in a peaceful sleep on Sunday, January 22,
1989 at 2:30 p.m.
Mrs. Monsanto was a devout Catholic all her life. Shi
was a member of the Sacred Heart Society and the Catholic
Ladies Association, both of which became obsolete while slll
was off-island for a few years on a short-term employment with
Beth Israel Hospital in New York City.
She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of
America, The Friends of Denmark and the Licensed Practical
Her warmth and kindness touched all who knew her; and
now: 9fay she rest in peace!
Order of Celebration
Monday, January 30, 1989
Very Rev. Raymond Collins, C.SS. R.
Rev. Paul Oslovich, C.SS. R.
Rev. Paul Gaffney, C.SS. R.
Most Rev. Sean O'Malley
OFM Cap. D.D.
Retired Bishop Edward Harper
C. SS. R., D.D.
Order of Mass
Responsorial Psalm 21
Sign of Peace
Granddaughter, Stephanie Hernaiz
Granddaughter, Lois Hassell-Habteyes
Granddaughter, Trevore Monsanto
Very Rev. Raymond Collins, C.SS.R.
Mother Dear, O pray For Me
Granddaughters Lorraine & Laura Hassell
and Lisa Hassell-Forde
On This Day O Beautiful Mother
Daughter-in-law, Alda Monsanto
Mother At Your Feet I'm Kneeling
How Great Thou Art
Sweet as her name signifies, and humble as a "Rose," Ms. Rose Monsanto joined
the Catholic Daughters of Amerca on April 20, 1975. She was a very faithful person
and hard worker. She attended meetings regularly. Whenever called upon, Ms. Rose
did whatever was requested for her. She truly lived by our motto "Unity and
During her illness, Ms. Rose kept in touch with her members, always wanting to
do whatever little she could. Our sister, "Rose," will be missed by her sisters of the
Catholic Daughters of America. She was loved by all. "May She Rest In Peace."
Caotdc Daughters of America
The members of the St. Thomas Friends of Denmark Society are saddened to learn
of the death of our faithful member Mrs. Rose Monsanto. On behalf of the
membership, I extend heartfelt sympathy to the family. Mrs. Monsanto enjoyed being
active and visited Denmark on the exchange visits our society sponsors. Her
expressions of enjoyment at our Mortens Aften (Danish Thanksgiving Celebration) In
November 1988 gave no idication that her passing would be this close. She will be
remembered for her enthusiastic participation and support of the activities of the St.
Thomas Friends of Denmark Society. May she rest in peace.
I(va 7. Benjamin, President
St. 'liomas friends of DenmarkfSociety
Rose Monsanto or "Rosie" as she was known to me, was not only by colleague but
also my friend She was the Godmother to my son Jullen. I am fortunate to have known
her practically all my life.
She laboured long and untiringly in the "Ministery of Caring ," touching many
lives and helping to relieve much pain and suffering. The road was long and rough at
times, however, the Lord was always her guide and a source of strength. Her life here
on earth is ended, but another has begun in the care and comfort of her Lord.
So "Rosie," take your rest. We will miss you, but I am secure in the knowledge
that there is a special place prepared for you with your God.
June A. Adams, LP.T.
President, NMationa( Association
Practice[ 9rse (NAPNES)
Rose Monsanto was one of the original members of the Virgin Ilands Licv.ncd
Practical Nurses Association and was an inspiration to many who came after her. She
was always ready to contribute to or participate in any activity that the Association
sponsored; but first and foremost she was a caring and giving nurse. The profession has
lost another of its stalwarts.
Rest in Peace "Rosle." You have fought the good fight. You have finished the
Virgin Islands Licensed
Practical (Irses Association
Your many kindness to me during our long-term friendship will never be forgotten.
Most of all I will miss your regular Sunday visits. May you rest in peace.
A very close friend
FOR SOME OF US SHE WAS OUR GRANDMOTHER
FOR OTHERS SHE WAS A GREATGRANDMOTHER
BUT, ALL OF US CALLED HER AFFECTIONATELY
SHE WAS THERE WHEN WE WERE BORN
TO RECEIVE US INTO THIS WORLD,
SHE WAS THERE WHEN WE WERE BAPTIZED
TO WITNESS OUR FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH THE LORD.
SHE WAS THERE ALL THE TIMES IN-BETWEEN
WHEN WE NEEDED HER, THANKS TO GOD,
SHE WAS THERE WHEN THOSE OF US COT MARRIED
SHE GAVE US INSPIRING WORDS:
SHE TOLD US MEN TO BE RESPONSIBLE FATHERS,
AND THE WOMEN LOVING AND CARING MOTHERS.
AND YES, SHE WAS THERE WHEN OUR LITTLE ONES WERE BORN
TO PUT A SILVER DOLLAR IN THEIR PALMS.
GRANNIE, YOU GAVE SO MUCH TO US AND TO THIS COMMUNITY,
BE ASSURED, WE WILL CONTINUE YOUR LEGACY.
NO DOUBT YOUR WORK ON THIS EARTH IS COMPLETE,
HOWEVER, YOUR MEMORY WILL LINGER ON IN OUR HEARTS...
GOODBYE FOR NOW, GRANNIE, GOODBYE.
WE LOVE YOU... WE WILL MISS YOU!
MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.
YOUR GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN OF
The Masse i, Habteyes,
Armstrong & forde Families
Farewell Grannie Rose,
We are sorry we could not make it to your funeral.
We will really miss you this summer, Christmas and all the
Sunday dinners whenever we come to St. Thomas.
We really love you, Grannie Rose.
All three of us will miss coming to your house
and picking mangoes and cashews from your trees and also
playing in your yard with all the beautiful plants.
Your Three Loving Greatgrands,
Sfranese, Schantel & Jufius Armstrong
P.S. We love you, Grannie Rose and always will.
We will continue to say lots of prayers to you.
The entire family
wishes to acknowledge
the concern and attention
given to our
Tie 'Very Peverend aymond Collins, C. SS.R.
'Dr. 9py L. Schneider, F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S.
and Mrs. Linda Hooks of N.Y.C.