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Solo, Rose M.

Solo, Rose M.

May 20, 1929 — October 31, 2019

Rose Mary Solo, 90, of Kansas City, MO and formerly, a proud and longtime south Omaha girl, filled her life with her deep Catholic faith and an everlasting love for her family, friends and Italian food. She went home to heaven the morning of Thursday, October 31, the birthday of her eldest son and one day prior to All Saints Day.

Rose loved nothing more than to see her children and their spouses gathered in conversation or socializing together. She may have loved her three granddaughters even more, providing each with endearing nicknames and showering them over the years with heartfelt letters, gifts, appreciation for their talents and her undivided devotion. Her St. John Francis Regis Church family also meant the world to her. Rose served as a nearly daily volunteer at her parish for more than 40 years.

A defining interest in her life was sports. The good Lord saw fit to allow Rose an evening of watching the Nationals win the World Series before she fell asleep forever. Rose was an exceptional athlete, playing basketball in a Women’s AAU national tournament, bowling a 705 series at her peak, and playing recreational volleyball well into her late 50s. She remarked: “They elbow each other about who the old lady is, until I spike a few. Then, I get respect.”

Rose’s husband, Donald, passed away 46 years ago at the age of 46. Rose personified perseverance as she continued to raise her family alone and lived independently in her own home until this past spring.

Rose was always true to herself, content with simple pleasures in life and making Italian dishes such as “zoo-goo,” “basta with pig’s feet,” “good-A-rooni,” or fried eggplant and her entreaties for her family to “Manga, manga!”

Rose was born to parents Alfio and Nunziata Franco in Omaha on May 20, 1929. She wed Donald Octavio Solo, Sr. on June 18, 1949 and they were blessed with four children. Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; and her brothers: Samuel Franco in World War II and Tony Franco as well as sisters: Paula Gentile, Josie Spicka and Susie Conti.

Left to cherish her memory and affectionately remember her favorite recipes and Rose-style expressions are her sons Donald Octavio Solo, Jr., Ely, NV; Michael (Kathe) Solo, Osawatomie, KS; James (Lore) Solo, Clive, IA; daughter Lynnette (Dean) Robertson, Pleasant Hill, MO as well as her granddaughters Jessica (Chris) Sossamon; Emily (Adam) Solo Tell; and Michaela (Jacob) Kelly.

A rosary will be recited at 9 am followed by visitation at 9:30am - 11am, Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at St. John Francis Regis Church, 8941 James A. Reed Rd., Kansas City, MO, 64138. Memorial Mass will begin following visitation. Committal will take place 11am, Thursday, November 7, 2019, at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska.

Memorial contributions in Rose’s name may be made to St. John Francis Regis Church. Flowers may be sent directly to St. John Francis Regis Church.

 

Service Information

A rosary will be recited at 9 am followed by visitation at 9:30am – 11am, Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at St. John Francis Regis Church, 8941 James A. Reed Rd., Kansas City, MO, 64138. Memorial Mass will begin following visitation. Committal will take place 11am, Thursday, November 7, 2019, at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska.

Memorial contributions in Rose’s name may be made to St. John Francis Regis Church.

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Prayers at Mass today for Rose and Family.

Terry and Charlotte Gouger

So sorry for you loss and offering prayers for you all. A beautiful soul who impacted so many is a powerful way! With much love and hugs! Joe and Kathy Keehn

Kathy and Joseph Keehn

I didn’t know Rose but knew she raised a fine son in Jim Solo. Him always talked lovingly about his dear mother. May Rose rest peacefully in God’s hand. God bless the entire family.

Shirley Gouger

I am so sorry for your loss. Rose was a strong woman. I will always remember the times she taught me how to make her Italian dishes in Mama Rose's kitchen. She was one of my Dad's favorite people! God's Peace to your family.

Vicki Stuckey Clayman

I remember attending a wedding reception of a friend's daughter and Rose was also there. She came over and asked me to dance, as we both danced old time rock and roll style. She was so easy for me to follow, she was a great leader, and we were truly the best couple on the floor, (or at least we thought so). Forever after, whenever I went to the office at church, she told everyone that I was always her best dance partner.

Teri Weiter

My prayers and condolences to all the Solo Family: Donald, Michael, Jim, Lynnette, and granddaughters: Jessica, Emily and Michaela and all: from Fr. John Gouger,C.Ss.R., Holy Ghost Church, Houston, Texas, uncle of Lore(Jim) Solo, I remember Rose fondly from the 1970s when I first was stationed at St. John Francis Regis Parish in Kansas City and was received warmly by Rose at that Parish.

John Gouger

We did not know Rose personally but through our Nephew, Jim, and our Niece, Lore. But her obituary tells about a remarkable woman who was blessed with many children, grandchildren and a long life who persevered for many years despite the loss of her Spouse at an early age. She, no doubt, is receiving the rewards for her efforts on earth. Our thoughts and prayers are with her extended family who are dealing with her loss.

Mike and Linda Gouger

Dear Family: Terry, Charlotte, Kathy, Joe, Shirley, Fr. John, Mike and Linda and Dear Friends: Vicki and Teri Thank you for these beautiful and kind messages on the passing of our beloved Mama Rosa. So many of your remarks bring a smile to us. She was a one-of-a-kind woman who lived life on her own terms yet, she always stayed true to her Catholic faith and God's will. Thank you for your love and support as we celebrate Rose's new eternal life.

Lore McManus Solo

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