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Rosaleen O'Shea Wade, 77
PORTLAND -- Rosaleen O'Shea Wade, 77, finished her earthly journey in the wee hours of Jan. 30, 2013, at The Cedars. Her long quiet struggle was lovingly attended by her family and the faithful Cedars staff.
Rosaleen was born in Sligo, Ireland, on Oct. 11, 1934, the daughter of John and Kathleen O'Shea. She arrived in America in 1958 with her husband and three small children. The family settled in New York City and quickly established a neighborhood market on St. Nickolaus Avenue which they ran together for 30 years.
Rosaleen also spent time as a nursing assistant at Wadsworth Hospital during the early 1960s. In later years she willingly and compassionately cared for friends and family when called upon.
She was a wonderful cook, a magical hostess, a prize winning dancer and a witty story teller.
She is welcomed home by her husband, Sean Edward Wade; a son, John Francis Wade; and brothers, Desi and Tony O'Shea. She will be sadly missed by her son Richard Wade, daughter, Ann Marie Knoepfel; grandchildren, Rosaleen, Ryan, Christina, Diana and Lindsey; brother, Jerry, sister, Muriel; and many nieces and nephews.
A prayer service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at The Chapel on the SMCC campus, 71 Fort Rd., South Portland. To offer words of condolence and share memories with the family, please go to the obituaries section at
Rosaleen O'Shea Wade
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 7, 2013
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"I was very fortunate to know her well. I missed her when she moved away as the distance did not allow us..."
- Dolores O'Gorman
"I did not have much time to get to know Rosaleen but loved this woman dearly! She was such a caring and..."
- Randy Reynolds
"I had not known Rosaleen very long BUT, she was guite a gal & very interesting. Vi"
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