February 25, 1920 ~ December 23, 2013
Rose Casassa, 93, a 13 year Wenatchee area resident and former longtime Cle Elum, WA resident, passed away on December 23, 2013, at Bonaventure Senior Living in East Wenatchee. She was born on February 25, 1920, in Cle Elum, WA to the late John and Hazel (Pistoresi) Cavallini. She was raised in Cle Elum, attended schools and graduated from Cle Elum High School in 1938. Following high school, she went to work at the Cle Elum Montgomery Ward’s store in the Catalog department. On January 24, 1941, she married Don Casassa in Cle Elum. When Don entered the Army during WWII, she made her home in Seattle, where she worked at Frederick & Nelson’s Department Store. Following Don’s honorable discharge, they returned to Cle Elum. Don and his brother, John, started a radio and appliance business, known as “Casassa Brothers”. Later they added furniture and, when television came in, they brought Cable Television to Cle Elum. They serviced both Cle Elum and South Cle Elum. Rose worked as their Receptionist and Sales Lady. On May 8, 1992, Don passed away and she continued living in Cle Elum but became a “Snow Bird” and would make her annual trip to her condo in Sun City West, AZ. In 2000, she moved to Wenatchee to be with her family. She enjoyed traveling with Don, loved jewelry and was meticulous about her looks. She was known for her good cooking and baking.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Hazel Cavallini; husband, Don Casassa; sister, Wanda Audo; and brother, Adolph “Cavy” Cavallini. She leaves behind her brother and sister-in-law, John and Gwen Cavallini of Wenatchee; nieces and nephews, Larry Cavallini of Renton, WA, Linda McKean of Seattle, Tina Krahenbuhl of Cle Elum, Don Casassa of Entiat, Tina Lauman of Tri-Cities, Tanya VanHelden of Redlands, CA, and John V. Cavallini Jr. of Wenatchee; brother-in-law, Joe Audo of Cle Elum; and her sister-in-law and dear friend, Lucille Casassa of Tri-Cities.
The Family extends a “Special Thank You” to the staffs of Bonaventure and Hospice Care of NCW, who lovingly cared for Rose.
A Family Gathering will be held at a later date. You are invited to view her tribute online at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.