Rosa Pumilia was born in Independence, LA to her late parents Peter and Concetta Pumilia. From an early age, she became a lifelong resident of New Orleans, LA. Rosa passed peacefully and went to her heavenly home on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the age of 92 with her loving sister, Angelina Pumilia Favalora and other family members, by her side. Rosa graduated from L.E. Rabouin Vocational High School and then spent her entire career working for Sears, Roebuck and Company until she retired. Upon retirement, she spent many enjoyable years traveling with friends and family throughout the United States. God and the Saints were very important to her, especially The Lady of Fatima. She spent many hours volunteering at her local church. After Hurricane Katrina, when her church was destroyed, she became a member of Blessed Francis X. Seelos Church where she joined the Women’s Alter Society as an active worker until 90 years of age.
Oldest of four children, she was preceded in death by her two brothers Anthony J. and Charles A. Pumilia. She is survived by her dear sister Angelina Pumilia Favalora, nephew to Thomas Favalora, Jr. and great aunt and godmother to Thomas’ daughter Missy Bowman. She is also survived by her godchild and niece Charlene Pumilia Jeffrey Adams (Keith), nieces Barbara Pumilia Boyle and Maxine Pumilia Eiserloh (Rick), cousin/godchild Samuel Alluisi (Deborah) along with a host of great nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at University Hospital for the excellent care they provided during the last few days of her life. Also thanks to her church friends and wonderful neighbors who always looked out for Rosa and her sister. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass at 1:30 PM on Friday, January 31, 2020 in the J. Garic Schoen Chapel of JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Visitation will begin at 12 PM. Interment will follow in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum.