Rosina “Rose” Giarraputo Nelson, 84, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away April 30, 2022. Rose was born to
Felice and Angelina Giarraputo on July 31, 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts.
After growing up and attending school in Boston she was introduced to her future husband by her sister, Lucy. Rose
married Henry Nelson in 1957 initially moving due to Navy orders to Milton, FL where both of their children were born.
Rose was a wonderful wife and mother raising her children in a new state almost every 2 to 3 years and supervising
family moves, setting up a new house and enrolling the children in a new school. After 30 years as a Navy family,
rose and Henry returned to where the family started in Milton Florida.
Rose is survived by her daughter, Angela Smith of Virginia Beach, VA; son, Michael Nelson of Newnan, GA; 11
grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren, and her Brother Roger Giarraputo.
She was predeceased by her husband Henry Edgar Nelson; parents; and nine brothers and sisters.
Rose was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend, we are thankful to have known her, loved
her and shared her life.
A memorial service will be held at a later date when remains are interned alongside her husband in Bonifay, Florida.
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