Ruth M (Holland) DeRosa, 88, of Peabody, died Tuesday afternoon at her home surrounded by her loving family following a brief illness. She was the devoted wife of the late John A DeRosa, Sr.
Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Felix and Ruth (Morley) Holland. She was raised and educated in Chelsea and has lived in Peabody for the past 50 years.
Ruth enjoyed playing bingo and was an avid reader and was a long-time parishioner of St. Adelaide’s Church as well.
Ruth is survived by her three sons, Massport Police Captain Albert J DeRosa, Ret and his wife Victoria of Plaistow, NH, Retired Whittier Tech Superintendent William DeRosa and his partner Michael Smolak of Peabody and Peabody Police Captain John DeRosa, Jr Ret and his fiancée Kate Stephens of Peabody, her grandchildren, John DeRosa, A.J. and Sabrina DeRosa, and David Stankiewicz, her three great grandchildren, Ariana, John, and Joshua DeRosa, her longtime friends Robert and Alanna Reynolds of Lowell and also by her two nieces, Carol and Don of Winfield, IL and Bella and Fred Targee of Tavares, FL. She was predeceased by her sister, Jane Martin.
Due to the Covid-19 restriction Funeral and Burial Services were held privately at St. Adelaide’s Church with burial in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Arrangements were made by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made in her name to the American Stroke Association at www.stroke.org
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