We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Kniffen O'Malley Leffler Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc.
Norma E. (Neithardt) Vogeley-Rosati, 76, of Gouldsboro, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2022, at Regional Hospital of Scranton after a brief illness.
She was the loving and devoted fiancée of Walter J. Rosati, with whom she shared 30 years of love, laughter, and adventure. Norma and Walter were truly soulmates.
Born in Ridgewood, NY, on July 25, 1945, she was the youngest daughter of the late Edwin and Helen (Nestler) Neithardt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Nancy Elizabeth (Neithardt) Heinemann and her son, George L. Rice.
Norma graduated Grover Cleveland High School, Ridgewood, NY in 1963 and went on to be blessed with 3 children – a son George and 2 daughters Elizabeth (Liz) Rice and Nance Rice. Her children were her life. When her son, George, tragically preceded her in death in 1987, she was utterly devastated and broken hearted. Norma always held close to her heart that one day she would be with George again. She mourned the loss of her son deeply. Norma said, “You can’t stop living, life goes on”. She found a new zest for life when she became a grandmother in 1989 and again in 1991. Her granddaughter Meghan (Dipple) Milev brought her renewed happiness and purpose. Her granddaughter Brandi Dipple brought her endless laughter and joy. A new chapter had begun for Norma. Norma worked as an electronics Technician for 15 years before retiring from the Tobyhanna Army Depot. It was at the Depot Norma and Walter met. In 1992 she and Walter began their lives together and blended their families into one and rounded out the family with the addition of Merlin. With the blending of families, Norma took on the role of bonus mom and Walter, bonus dad. Norma went from being a grandmother of 2 to a grandmother of many. The newest additions to the family were Eric and LJ. It wasn’t too much later when Alexander Rosati and his wife Donna blessed Norma (and Walter) with Elizabeth, Marissa, Tiffany, Robert, Maverick, Kristyne, and Natasha.
Norma and Walter had many adventures together over the years. Traveling each fall to Key West Florida was their greatest pleasure. Norma and Walter’s RV became the “IT” place to stay for family and friends on vacation. Norma’s granddaughters, Meghan and Brandi loved going to visit and getting away from the bitter PA winters. It was in Key West that Norma’s granddaughter Meghan met the man who would become her husband, Ljubomir Milev. Norma’s oldest daughter Liz loved traveling to Key West to “keep an eye on the folks” and torment those in the north with daily weather reports of “Sunny, hot, and beautiful”. Norma’s youngest daughter Nance with her partner Charlie Martin, preferred to stick closer to home, keeping everything running smoothly in the north while awaiting their return each May. May brought back the family for BBQs and hanging out, something everyone looked forward to each year. The highlight was always catching up on what was happening in each other’s lives and sometimes even some gossiping and cackling would ensue. The love and laughter will always be remembered. When Merlin crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2017, Norma was crushed. She missed him tremendously every day. We have to be honest; Merlin was Norma’s most beloved child, we know he was a canine, but not so sure she saw him that way.
Norma’s love for her family and friends, without a doubt, will be greatly missed. Norma was a strong independent woman who lived life on her terms and instilled the same in her children and grandchildren. Norma will live on in our hearts and memories. We will miss her until we are reunited again. This is not good-bye, never good-bye. This is (with a wink and a nod) See you later!
In-lieu of flowers, we request that donations be made in Norma’s memory to the Arbor Day Foundation (https://shop.arborday.org/trees-in-memory).
We would like to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, the ICU nurses, and doctors at Regional Hospital, for the kindness and compassion they showed Norma while she was in their care. You treated her with dignity, respect, and love. Thank you for all you do!
A Celebration of Life is being planned for July 2022, details will be posted on Facebook.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kniffen O'Malley Leffler Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Avoca.