Rose Mary (Minni) Petrarca Giannini

October 29, 1923 ~ February 22, 2019 (age 95)


Rose Mary (Minni) Petrarca Giannini, 95, of Derry, died Friday, February 22, 2019 peacefully in her home. She was born October 29, 1923, in Derry, a daughter of the late Leopold and Amelia (Glasbarro) Minni. Rose attended the nursing school of Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh , PA. She worked for Westinghouse in Derry, PA and briefly for Latrobe Hospital as an RN. After her first husband died, she managed Petrarca’s Men and Boys store in Derry until its closing. She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Derry. Rose was an excellent cook and baker. She loved making the Italian recipes passed on to her by her mother. She loved flowers and spent many hours tending to her flower garden. Later in life she enjoyed getting together with friends to play cards or poker. Besides her parents Rose was preceded in death by her first husband Eugene A Petrarca, her second husband Michael A Giannini, brothers George and John Minni and a son-in - law Allen Gross. Rose is survived by four children, Rosanne Neiman and husband Ralph, Georgene Falcon and husband Kenneth, Patrick Petrarca and wife Karen, and Michael Petrarca and wife Marcy; two stepsons Ronald Giannini and wife Linda and Terry Giannini and wife Susan; two sisters Teresa Minni and Mary Sirnic and husband Robert; five grandchildren Nicholas Falcon and wife Jill, Kevin Gross and wife Andrea, Carly Kiss and husband Michael , Emily Petrarca aand fiancée Ryan Rosa, and Aaron Petrarca; four great grandchildren Dustin Gross, Alex Gross, Evan Kiss and Jacob Rosa and several step grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends for Rose’s Life Celebration 3-7 PM Monday February 25, 2019 in The Matthew X. Merlin Funeral Home, Inc. 529 N. Chestnut St. Derry 724-694-8331. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Rose at 10:00 AM Tuesday February 26, 2019 at the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Derry. Interment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Derry. The family would like to thank all of her private caregivers Corinne, Gina, Wendy, Kendall Agency Caregivers, Diane, Barb, Nicole and all those from Excela Home care and Hospice especially Angie, Amber, and Darla for the wonderful care they gave to our mother. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Autism Speaks 8035 McKnight Rd. Suits 301 Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Online condolences may be made at

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February 25, 2019

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Matthew X Merlin Funeral Home, Inc.
529 North Chestnut St.
Derry, PA 15627

Mass of Christian Burial
February 26, 2019

10:00 AM
St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church
117 S. Ligonier Street
Derry, PA 15627

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