Jerusalem “Rose” (Smernos) Botsivales of West Yarmouth passed away peacefully at her home on July 3, 2020 after a long battle with dementia. Rose was born on January 6, 1924 and raised in Naousa, Macedonia, Greece. She emigrated to the United States in 1955 where she worked as a seamstress in the textile district in Boston when she arrived, and subsequently met her husband John. They were married on January 13, 1957.
Rose raised her family in the Allston section of Boston where she worked part time in several industries including New Balance Shoes where she was one of the earliest employees and worked in the sewing department. She was the consummate wife, mother, and homemaker that did it all, whether she was cooking, sewing, baking, gardening, knitting, crocheting, or entertaining. She made countless blankets for infants of family and friends.
Rose and her husband John retired and moved permanently to West Yarmouth in 1985, where she lived until her passing. She loved Cape Cod and enjoyed the beach, her flowers and garden, and her lobster dinners with family and friends. She especially enjoyed teaching her grandchildren Emily and John how to make “yiayia” cookies and other Greek favorites. She was a proud member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, the St. Katherine’s Ladies Philoptochos (friends of the poor) Society and an active participant in many Church events, holidays, bingo, and the annual Greek Festival where she was a volunteer on the “cooking” team. It was said that one of the popular Greek sweets was a family recipe of hers. She took great joy in attending Church events, holiday and birthday celebrations, and gatherings with family and friends.
Rose returned to her homeland many times to visit her siblings and extended family and had fond memories of her yearly and extended winter vacations spent in Puerto Rico and Aruba with family and close friends. Her bright and affectionate smile will be sorely missed by all.
She is predeceased by her husband John, her parents Gregory and Athena Smernos, her brothers, Philippos and Vasilios Smernos, and her sister Virginia Renti, all of Greece. She leaves behind her sister Khrystallia Kyrka of Greece, her son Harry Botsivales of Yarmouth Port, her son Gregory Botsivales and his wife Jeanne of East Dennis, her grandchildren Emily Rose and John, and several cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
The family would like to take the opportunity to thank her caring and compassionate physicians, Dr. Timothy Biliouris, his staff, and Dr. Jesse Affonso along with the loving and devoted care provided by her caretakers, Mariza, Maggie, Roseangela, Maria, Laura, and especially Monica Lima, the “angel” on her shoulder. We are thankful for the compassion of everyone at VNA of Cape Cod Hospice that afforded mom the utmost comfort, dignity and respect.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, funeral services and interment will be private with a celebration of life at a later date when it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1130 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632 or VNA of Cape Cod Hospice, 255 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA 02601.