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Thursday July 23rd, 2020
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Rose J. Banta Toscano

Rose J. Banta Toscano (nee Basile) of Bergenfield passed away peacefully at the Emerson Health and Rehab. on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the age of 99. During World War II, Rose wanted to enlist in the military like her brothers, but her father wouldn't allow it. So, she got a job in the Alcoa factory in Edgewater making parts for aircraft and military vehicles. Rose was one of the first employees of Dunkin Donuts in Bergenfield. She held various secretarial jobs and worked for many years as a salesgirl at Paramus Lighting in Paramus, where she made many good friends. Rose was always ready, willing and able to lend a hand. She was always helping someone and would put others before herself. She volunteered her time as an assistant Girl Scout Leader. Rose was a member of St. John's Rosary Society, The New Beginnings Senior Club, The Golden Girls Club, Bergen County Chapter 988 NARFE, Mayor's Senior Citizen Advisory Committee and she was the "Sunshine Girl". Rose's favorite job by far was that of being a wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved entertaining and cooking for the family. Rose was the happiest when everyone was together. She had an enormous heart and love for children and her family. Born in Fort Lee, Rose is predeceased by her parents, Catherine and James Basile. She was the last remaining sibling of her eight brothers and sisters. Rose is also predeceased by her husbands, Daniel Banta (1972) and Dominic Toscano (1986), and her daughter, Joan Kent (2017). She is survived by her daughter, Diane Petro Kaminsky and her husband Carl, of Bergenfield. Her son-in-law Melvin Kent of Columbia. Her grandchildren, Nicole Kent (Jeff Polizzi), Joseph Kent (Michelle), Kelly Kelsey (Jason), Daniel Zatta, (Abby), Douglas Petro (Nicole Seltzer). Her great grandchildren, Aidan Zatta, Zoe Kelsey and Keira Kelsey. Visiting at Riewerts Memorial Home, 187 So. Washington Ave., Bergenfield on Thursday 3-6 PM. All will meet at the funeral home on Friday at 9 AM for the Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, Bergenfield 10 AM. Interment George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.

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I met Rose at Emerson. My mom is also a resident there. Rose was a source of joy to so many residents and family members At the age of 99 she felt the need to take care of residents who were not as physically or mentally alert as she was. In the last few months before shut down she led a parade through the hallway after coffee hour. She would hum a tune and dance us down the hall to the rooms and elevators. She always brought a smile to everybody she came in contact with. She shared so many amazing stories with all of us. The one story I have reshared so many times is the day the GWB opened. I was truly saddened to hear Rose has passed. She was one in a trillion. My deepest condolences to her family.

mary ann Sep 5 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Diane,
I read of your mom's passing and wanted to reach out to you to offer my sympathies. It does not matter when, how old, or why... losing mom is the biggest heartache. Please look for peace in your memories of her long life. Gloria Pennell

gpennell71@optonline.net Jul 29 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Diane and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Cousin Roses passing. She was always so personable and genuine whenever I met her. Rose would play cards with my parents Joe and Mary Banta along with other cousins. It was a treat to see them gather together and have such a fun time. Rose also was very kind in visiting with the family when my father died. She was a kind and loving woman . I am glad to have known her and I am sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are sent your way. Sincerely, Mary Jo Banta Gohmann

Mary Jo Banta Gohmann Jul 26 2020 12:00 AM

Hi Grams, Hopefully your at peace with Joanie now. I will never forget all the wonderful memories we shared together.
Your strength, kindness and love made me the woman I am now. I will miss all our fun times, laughter and the hard times we shared together. You may not be on this earth any longer but you will remain with me always in memories and my hear and soul. Your gone now to better place but will NEVER be forgotten. Lover you always and forever. Your tweetie - Nikki

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