Rose Catherine O'Rourke

November 29, 1925 - October 15, 2019
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Rose Catherine Taormina O’Rourke, a beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the age of 93. Rose O’Rourke was born in Galveston, Texas to Vincent and Frances Taormina on November 29, 1925. She was proud to declare herself as a second generation “BOI”. Rose resided in Galveston County for her entire life.

Rose is preceded in death by her husband, James “Jimmy” O’Rourke; son, Lloyd James O’Rourke; her parents; her sisters, Antoinette Piperi, Mary Holland, Anne Summerville, and Pauline Summerville; and sister-in-law, Lily Mae; her brothers, Joseph Taormina and Charles Taormina; and her great grandson, James Redus “Jimmy” Negrotto.

Rose’s life was devoted to her family, whom she loved dearly. She leaves behind to cherish the wonderful memories of her beautiful life her daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl O’Rourke Day and husband Redus of League City; three grandchildren, Danny and Jeanette Negrotto, Jacquelyn and Curtis Svoboda and Laura and Brandon Ellender, all of League City. She also leaves behind six great grandchildren: Emily Svoboda, Bryce Svoboda, Aubree Svoboda, Jaxon Negrotto, Sadie Ellender, and Duke Ellender; her sister, Margaret Tramonte; and sister-in-law, Constance “Connie” O’Rourke, both of Galveston.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who adored her presence and positive spirit. Rose was known by many family members and close family friends as “Granny Rose” and she proudly loved that designated name for most of her adult life.

Rose worked her entire life in the banking industry. Her career began at First Hutchings Sealy National Banking Galveston as a telephone operator, teller and head teller and when she retired, at the age of 62, she was the Assistant Vice President of Bank of America (Nations Bank). Rose enjoyed playing cards, attending the AARP gatherings, Ball High class reunions, family gatherings, big and small, and working crossword puzzles (she would make up the words!). Most of all, Rose enjoyed and cherished spending time with her family. Rose was known for her kind heart, everlasting positive attitude and beautiful smile. She never met a stranger and always treated everyone that she met as a friend and a loved one. She was smiling and peaceful as she transitioned from this life to her everlasting life!

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Malloy & Son Funeral Home in Galveston, Texas. Funeral Services will be held at Malloy & Son at 10:30 AM on Friday, October 18, 2019, with a graveside service immediately following at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Galveston, Texas.

Pallbearers will be: Benjamin Holland, Charles (Sonny) Taormina, Dr. Howard Dillard, Gary Summerville, Thomas Summerville, Vincent Joseph (V.J) Tramonte, and Joseph Jasper (Tra) Tramonte. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Ted O’Rourke, Dr. Thomas Rowe, Andre Landry, Eric Wells, Danny Negrotto, Curtis Svoboda and Brandon Ellender.

The family would like to extend our sincere appreciation to our Granny’s physician and nephew, Dr. Howard Dillard, as well as her loving caregivers: Joanna, Irainah, Angelica, Erica, Michelle, Sylvia and Kris at The Cottages of Clear Lake in League City. A special thank you to all the care givers at the HCA Houston Clear Lake Hospital ICU for their warmth, kindness, love and extraordinary level of care to our beloved “Granny!”

In lieu of flowers, the family of Rose Catherine Taormina O’Rourke requests that memorial contributions be directed to the UTMB School of Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o UTMB Development Office, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX. 77555-0148.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019

Time: 10:30 am

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019

Time: 11:45 am

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Donation Information

UTMB School of Nursing Scholarship, c/o UTMB Development Office

301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-0148


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Born: November 29, 1925
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Haydee Waters posted on 11/2/19

In memory of Rose Catherine O'Rourke, Haydee Waters lit a candle


Haydee Waters posted on 11/2/19

Cheryl, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. My mother, Haydee Waters lived next door to your aunt, Connie O’Rourke on Church Street for many, many years until she moved to Louisiana with me in New Roads. Whenever I saw your Mom, she always had a smile on her face, whether it was in the bank or in the neighborhood. She was truly a special person. Haydee Waters, New Roads, LA


Haydee Waters posted on 11/2/19

Cheryl, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Your mother always had a smile on her face whenever I saw her and was so very nice to everyone. My mother, Haydee Waters lived next door to your aunt, Connie O’Rourke on Church Street for many, many years until she moved to Louisiana to live with me in New Roads. Haydee Waters


VW and Mary Rose Uher posted on 10/25/19

Dear Cheryl, We were sorry to read about your mother's passing. She was a true gift from God and could make one's day improve with a smile and happy greeting. VW has fond memories of her expertise and kindness at First Hutchings Sealy Bank. And he remembers with admiration your father, a true gentleman. God bless you and your family, VW and Mary Rose Uher


Jean Summerville posted on 10/18/19

Love and Prayers


Audrey Salinas posted on 10/18/19

Cheryl I am so sorry to hear of your beautiful mother’s passing. I wish God’s peace and comfort for you and your family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Audrey


KleantheCaruso posted on 10/17/19

To the family and friends of Rose, She was a beautiful woman and a excellent professional role model for all the women who looked up to her and came after her. My prayers and sympathies to you all and may her memory be eternal. Love to you. Anthe Caruso


Camille Thiel posted on 10/17/19

Cheryl, so sorry for the loss of your Mom. It is never easy but in time I hope you find love and peace.


Phyllis Waters posted on 10/17/19

Cheryl and Family, You were so fortunate to have Rose in your life and so generous to share her with your friends. She was truly a role model of a lady who was independent, compassionate, and generous. She will be missed by many. You and all your family members are in my prayers during this time of loss.


Dorothy Jones posted on 10/17/19

I worked with Rose at First Hutchings Sealy National Bank. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Sweet, sweet person. The Lord has another angel in heaven. To Cheryl I know it is a tremendous loss. You and your family have my deepest sympathy.


Corinne Oppermann posted on 10/17/19

Gus and I extend our love and condolences to Cheryl and all members of Rose’s family. Rose was Gus’ mentor at First Hutchings Sealy National Bank; and I have known Rose since I was a student nurse at St. Mary’s School of Nursing. Rose, Cheryl and family have remained in our lives as cherished friends. Rose will be deeply missed, but not forgotten. She was a kind, beautiful and wonderful woman. Our prayers are with Rose’s family as they travel their healing journey. Gus and Corinne Oppermann


Dana Bjarnason posted on 10/17/19

Dear Cheryl...thinking of you and your family at this time of sorrow. Your mom was a beautiful lady.


Connie Maffei posted on 10/17/19

So sorry for your loss praying for your families. My mother in law loved playing cards and lunches with Rose now they are back together. God Bless she will be missed. Love The Maffei’s


Consie Javor posted on 10/16/19

Cheryl, We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of her. Consie and Ken Javor


Maureen Padilla posted on 10/16/19

Cheryl and family, I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. Joe and I have you in our prayers. How blessed you are to have had your mom for such a long time! She is rejoicing in heaven now and watching over all of you! May god give you comfort and peace. Maureen Padilla


Larita Merritt posted on 10/16/19

We pray that your family will be comforted my her spirit and loving grace.


J Williams posted on 10/16/19

In memory of Rose Catherine O'Rourke, J Williams lit a candle


J Williams posted on 10/16/19

My condolences to the family. May you be comforted by the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort during this difficult time.


Rhonda Carnahan posted on 10/16/19

I was sad to read of Mrs. O'Rourke's passing. She seemed very resiliant to life's ups & downs. I'm glad she was able to enjoy her large, successful family for so long.


Paula Matranga posted on 10/16/19

Dear Cheryl and family, Charlie and I send our heartfelt sympathy to all of you during this difficult time...You have great memories to cherish, although there’s nothing like having your mother by your side.. Try and take comfort knowing how much you all are loved! Blessings Paula & Charlie Matranga


Terry & Ruby Jensen posted on 10/15/19

Cheryl and family, We are so sorry to hear of your sweet momma's passing. Our sweet lord just got one of his angels back. Know that we are praying for you all as you try to get through this trying time. Love you