Rosalie quietly passed away in the Cottonwood Creek Senior Living Community on March 30, 2019. Her family was fortunate to gather in Salt Lake City for the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade to spend time with her in celebration as they have done as a family since 1978. Rosalie spent her final days surrounded by family.
Rosalie was born on October 29, 1928 in Green River Wyoming in a house two doors down from the home she grew up in. The youngest of 5 children, Rosalie was a small town girl with a strong desire to deepen her education and serve. After graduating from high school, she moved to Salt Lake City to attend Saint Mary’s of the Wasatch College and Holy Cross Nursing School. Rosalie remained in Salt Lake working as a nurse at Holy Cross Hospital until she married the love of her life, Robert Neville, on April 11, 1953. Together they raised seven children and remained married for nearly 65 years. Rosalie returned to nursing when her youngest child began school. She was well known for her bedside manner and sought out for administering the most gentle shots.
Rosalie’s love of community was strong, her interests diverse and she sought out many to contribute through service. She was very involved in the Saint Ambrose Parrish throughout her life in Salt Lake. Proud of her family’s Irish heritage, she was instrumental in developing the Irish Garden at the International Peace Garden in Salt Lake City. In addition she served in various offices of the Hibernian Society holding the honor of “Hibernian of the Year” in 1991. She was also instrumental in the commissioning of the Gandy Dancer Statue displayed in the Utah Railroad Museum in Ogden, as well as the Irish plaque at the Golden Spike National Historical Site, both honoring the Irish immigrants who labored in building the Transcontinental Railroad. She enjoyed her time as a docent at the Natural History Museum where she was given the opportunity to go on an archaeological dig in southern Utah. She also became an expert educator in butterfly facts during her time as a docent at the Hogle Zoo butterfly exhibit.
To her family, Rosalie’s most important acts of service were provided as a wife, mother and grandmother. She was an expert homemaker, a skilled seamstress and cook and loved to open her home as a gathering place for children and extended family. Family dinners were frequent and filled with laughter, love and animated conversations. She and her husband Bob were very proud of their children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments and attended any event that they participated in, rain or shine. Family was an important part of life and her greatest joy.
Rosalie was known for her beauty, inside and out. It is a beauty that will endure long after her passing , reflected in the generations that follow her.
Survived by children Bob, Jr. (Susan), Loretta McConnor (Sean), Greg (Sandi), Jane Larson (Jim), Chris (Heather), and Mike (Donette), eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband Robert, daughter Rosalie, sisters Jo, Mary Kay, Helen and brother Chuck.
A vigil will be held Friday, April 5th, 7:00 pm at Neil O’Donnell and Sons Mortuary, 372 East 100 South. Friends may call from 6:00-7:00 pm. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 6th, 11 am at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, 1975 South 2300 East.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, Judge Memorial Catholic High School, or the Hibernian Society of Utah.
Fare thee well Mom, we will miss you.