82 Fairview Ave.
Naugatuck, CT 06770
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Rose Harnick

Rose M. (Zapatka) Harnick

Thursday, March 1st, 1923 - Saturday, December 29th, 2018
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Rose M. Harnick
32 year cancer survivor

Middlebury, CT Rose M. Harnick, entered into eternal rest surrounded by her family on December 29, 2018 after a long illness. She was the beloved wife of John Harnick for 55 years before his passing in December 2003.

Rose was born in Beacon Falls, CT on March 1, 1923, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Kosoriek) Zapatka. She lived in Naugatuck most of her life before moving to Middlebury to live with her son John and daughter in law Nancy.

Rose graduated from Naugatuck High School and retired from Uniroyal, Inc. where she was an office manager. She was a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Naugatuck where she served as a parish clerk and Sunday school teacher and worked at the Lenten Bakery and Village Green Fair. Rose was very active with the Episcopal Church Women, Thursday Niters, Naugatuck Garden Club and Whittemore Library. Her hobbies included reading and gardening and she was also an avid bridge player.

In addition to her son and daughter in law, Rose leaves behind many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and her parents, Rose was predeceased by a brother, Albert Zapatka and four sisters, Mary Carey, Veronica Hibbard, Theresa Zapatka (all from Naugatuck) and Carolyn Gaetz (from Oxford).

The Harnick family would like to acknowledge Leah Prosnick of Oxford for her many years of support and companionship and Middlebury Convalescent Home’s devoted staff, who provided care and comfort to Rose during this very difficult time.

Funeral Services will be Friday at 10:00am at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 210 Church Street, Naugatuck. Everyone is kindly asked to meet at church. Burial will follow in Grove Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday from 4-7pm at the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Avenue, Naugatuck. In lieu of flowers and to honor Rose’s memory, contributions can be made to either St. Michael's Church, 210 Church Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770 or to the Middlebury Convalescent Home Patient Activity Fund, 778 Middlebury Road, Middlebury, CT 06762.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home
    82 Fairview Avenue
    Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770
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  • Service

    Friday, January 4th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, January 4th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Michael's Episcopal Church
    210 Church Street
    Naugatuck, CT 06770
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    Rev. Jules Jodko
  • Interment

    Friday, January 4th, 2019 |
    Friday, January 4th, 2019
    Grove Cemetery
    Cross Street
    Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770
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Love, Brad, Melissa and Kathy, With Love, Robert, Diane and John Gaetz, and others have sent flowers to the family of Rose M. (Zapatka) Harnick.
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Ann Jones

Posted at 03:03pm
John, I was saddened to just read about your Mom, Rose. I never knew much of Rose’s life until I read her obituary. What a wonderfulll and active life she had! Whenever visiting my Mom, Shirley, I would always enjoy visiting with my friend Rose. I would always say “Naugy, Naugy” . Rose would always squeeze my hand and her face would brighten with a smile. My sincere condolences to you and your family. It is never easy to lose a parent. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Sincerely, Ann Jones

Love, Brad, Melissa and Kathy

Posted at 12:34pm
Dear John & Nancy, with our deepest sympathy.
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With Love, Robert, Diane and John Gaetz

Posted at 11:12am
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
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Norma, John and Jenn

Posted at 11:09am
John and Nancy...We are so very sorry about Rose's passing. She was a wonderful woman and will be dearly missed.
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