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Obituary for Rosario Matarese 

Obituary for Rosario Matarese

Submitted by the family of Rosario Matarese:

It is with great, great sadness we announce the passing of the strength of our family, Rosario Matarese also known as Mr. Ross by many. He passed away Nov. 7, 2019 at Twin Cities hospital in Templeton, California.

Ross was born in Naples, Italy and moved from his native country in 1969 to pursue the American dream. He lived in New York for a period of time before moving to California in the 1970s. He married his wife Sheri and lived in Lemoore, California serving under Father O’Friel, Father O’Doroghty, the Sisters of Mercy, and the Carmelite Nuns at Mary Immaculate Queen school as the Campus Custodian for 20 years before pursuing a career in the Department of Corrections. He retired from the California Men’s Colony in 2009.

He leaves behind his wife Sheri Matarese, his 4 children- November Matarese-Erickson, James Matarese, Adriana Matarese-Milligan, and Alexander Matarese- his son-in-law Mike Milligan, his daughter-in-law Elizabeth Matarese, his 10 grandchildren- Brianna and Trinity Storment, Ellie and Jameson Matarese, Amber and Christian Erickson, Arnold, Melissa, Juliana, and Matthew Milligan, and his sister Carmella Matarese-Jarvis.

A viewing was held at the Chapel of the Rose’s in Atascadero, California on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at 5 p.m.

His Funeral and Mass service will be held at his home church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Cayucos, California on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 at 11 a.m. All who knew him or want to support our family are welcome to attend.


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