Rose Mary “Huggy Bear” Ambrosi passed away peacefully at home on the morning of October 14, 2021, surrounded by her family.
Rose was born in St Louis to Joseph and Mary Finazzo in 1922. She raised her family in St Louis, before relocating to Southern California in the 1960s. Rose attended nursing school in California and spent the bulk of her career caring for patients within the hospital where her energetic personality and love of a good squeeze earned her the nickname of Huggy Bear. The last five years at the hospital she worked in the Jail ward. In her free time, she enjoyed ballroom, hula and square dancing. She loved visiting Disneyland, traveling with friends and family and collecting stuffed bears. This four-foot-eleven and half inch force of nature walked fast, sang constantly, talked with her hands and told inappropriate jokes. Rose eventually retired to Valley, WA, where she enjoyed observing the wildlife and the beauty of life on the lake. Rose Mary was devote in her faith and attended church in Valley, where she also sang in the choir. She spent her final years in the care of family, in South Carolina.
In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by her husband Nick Ambrosi, brother Phillip Finazzo, sisters Kate Chumich and Marion Lesley and grandson Brian Scott Ambrosi.
Survivors include her children, Kaylene Lamar (Donald), Richard Ambrosi, Nicolette Morrisseau (William, (d.)), and Maribeth Becker (Randy); grandchildren John, Tonya, Joseph, Brian, Mark, Donnielle, Michelle and Joshua; eight great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grand children.
There will be no formal services. The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date.
The Historic George Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 211 Park Ave SW, Aiken, SC 29801 (803) 649.6234 has charge of arrangements.
Online expressions of sympathy for the family may be left by visiting www.georgefuneralhomes.com