Over a twenty-five year period, Rosalie Ann Stoops was “Mom” to 300 people from around the world. Rosalie accepted foreign exchange students after her husband Arthur passed away suddenly of a complication of a World War II injury at age 56, and 31 years of marriage. Prior to this, she was the cook at Nazareth House, the orphanage and convent attached to the Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Rosalie Ann Stoops passed peacefully on June 16, at Hospice Austin, at age 81, with her son, Art and faithful dog Tanner, at her side.
Rosalie Ann Lumetta was born and raised on “The Hill”, the Italian Community of St. Louis, MO. Her family owned a bar / restaurant where she worked from age 11 as a cook after her mother died. She came to San Diego to visit her best friend Nancy Biando in 1951, who married Pete Daleo from San Diego’s Little Italy. She met and married Arthur Hanks, Pete’s best friend. Arthur and Rosalie had three children - Art, Mary, and Jeanette, seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Arthur & Rosalie were active volunteers within the Catholic Church’s St. John’s the Evangelist, St. Didicus, and Nazareth House. Rosalie taught rosary making at many of the parochial schools in the diocese of San Diego. Both have hand crafted tens of thousands of rosaries that were donated to a variety of organizations around the world. Rosalie received a letter from Pope Paul VI thanking her for her contributions.
After Arthur passed, Rosalie was a young widow with two teenage daughters still at home. To make ends meet, she took in foreign exchange students of all ages, languages, cultures and religions. It was here that Rosalie met, fed, and married one of her diners. George Stoops was formally a British subject from Northern Ireland. They were married for twenty-one years when George Stoops passed earlier this year on April 29th at age 73, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
Rosalie moved to her son’s ranch outside of Austin, Texas. She passed peacefully within two months of her husband George.
All family and friends of Arthur & Rosalie Hanks, and George and Rosalie Stoops are invited to attend a memorial mass at 12 noon of September 1st 2007, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 1638 Polk Ave, San Diego, followed at 1 p.m., with a sit down dinner at St. John’s Hall, 4005 Normal Street. If you knew Arthur, Rosalie, or George, please come to their “Celebration of Life”. We know they’d love to share great foods, drinks and memories with you all. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 512 803-7800.