Rosalie Agnes Teresa (Filippetti ) Ghelfi of Mashpee (formerly of Falmouth) died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on August 5th at the age of 78. Rosalie was born in Brockton, MA on August 2, 1941. She leaves her husband of 57 years Anthony Ghelfi, her son Scott and his wife Wendy of Falmouth, daughter Sharon Adams and her husband Tyler of Falmouth, son Christopher and husband James Lawson of Brooklyn, NY, and son Michael of Falmouth. Rosalie also leaves her grandchildren: Cameron and Alexa Panepinto, Durham and Hannah Ghelfi, and Patrick and Meghan Ghelfi.
Rosalie was the daughter of Italian immigrants, the late Caesar and Virginia Filippetti of Bridgewater and leaves her sisters Mary Markey of Laurel, MD, Helen Preti of Virginia Beach, VA, Nancy Sharland of Bridgewater, MA, and a brother Louis Filippetti of Florida. She also leaves her brother in law Robert Ghelfi and his wife Betsy of Falmouth, sister in laws Gail Ghelfi of Bridgewater, Marie Ghelfi of Bourne, and Terri Filippetti of Shrewsbury and brother in law Jack Morast of Florida.
She was predeceased by a son “Little Tony”, a sister Frances Morast, and a brother Richard Filippetti.
Rosalie was raised in Bridgewater, MA, a graduate of Bridgewater High School, where she was in the National Honor Society, drama club, played field hockey, softball and was the captain of the cheerleading squad. After high school Rosalie worked at the Brockton Enterprise and was a model for Frazier’s Department Store in Brockton while attending Stonehill College. She then realized her passion and transferred to The Fashion Institute in Boston. Rosalie would marry her High School sweetheart, Tony in May of 1962 and shortly after they would start their family. Rosalie was a talented seamstress and made the bridesmaid dresses for her wedding party. In 1976 Rosalie and Tony would become owners of Trahans Candies in Falmouth and the family candy business was started. Later Rosalie would own and manage Ghelfi’s Cards and Gifts on Main Street. She would go back to work in the candy business with her son Scott at Ghelfi’s Candies. Her most recent job was serving as the hostess at New Seabury Country Club where she could utilize her “gift of gab”.
Rosalie donated her time to many organizations in town serving on the board of the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, helped to start the Falmouth Village Association, was one of the “Hardcore Mothers” that started the Main Street Mile, volunteered for the St. Vincent DePaul Society helping the needy in town, was a reader and Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick’s church and served as President of their Woman’s Guild. She also founded the Leprechaun Club, a fundraising organization for St. Patrick’s Church, running all of their events. In 1998 Rosalie was awarded the Marion Medal for her service to the church given to her by Bishop Sean O’Malley who would always reference her as “Candy Lady”.
Rosalie was someone who never said no when asked to help; she was a host family and volunteer for the Falmouth Road Race, was a host family for the Falmouth Commodores and took in a family of Vietnamese refugees. She was also involved organizing trips for the Falmouth Senior Center.
Rosalie will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, wonderful sense of humor and kind heart. She most enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandkids and they will deeply miss her.
Visitation will be from 4-8 pm on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main St, Falmouth. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am, Saturday, August 10, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth with burial to immediately follow at Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, Falmouth.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Memory Café of Falmouth...Send donations to Together We Can, PO Box 303, Falmouth, MA 02541 or online www.falmouthtogetherwecan.org/donate.