Rosa Alfaro Carozzi better known as Rosita or Rosie was born in Lima, Peru, but lived most of her adult life in NYC.
After a short stint as an editor for Showtime TV she went back to school to get her Elementary Education credits and her two Master Degrees. She taught for 30 plus years at PS 87 in Manhattan, a school conveniently located one block from the Museum of Natural History where she used to take her students to acquaint them with nature and art.
During her teaching years she honed her skills as a painter and shared her passion and love for painting with her very young students. They were 7 or 8 years old and she adored the sense of wonder, fantasy, and innocence they brought into her life and into their art. That was her world, what she really enjoyed and treasured. She could have lived at that moment forever.
The unconditional love the children gave her filled her days with joy, laughter and sunshine.
She loved all forms of art from dance, music, film, photography, to especially Broadway musicals in NYC. She incorporated this love for all forms of art into the end-of-the year cultural event she planned with and for the children. She re-created a segment of a Broadway musical which was always successful and enjoyed by both children, parents, and colleagues.
Four years ago, Rosita took early retirement and moved to Florida to pursue her love for painting. She was determined to live a happy life swimming in the ocean, riding her bike, eating chocolate ice cream and enjoying the little pleasures of Florida life.
Our mother Georgina Carozzi was her anchor to the world and to poetry. At the young age of five Rosita learned to recite poetry under the influence and guidance of our mother who used to give poetry recitals at the Segura Theater in Lima.
Two years ago, during the pandemic, mom passed away and this affected Rosita greatly. From then on, her health deteriorated.
Rosita wanted to get better so she fought valiantly going to an array of doctors here, in Pennsylvania, and at the Mayo Clinic. She followed different types of treatments trying unsuccessfully to gain her health back. Sadly, she passed away on November4th. She will be greatly missed. We will remember her in her happy times.