Rosemary Corales was born in New Orleans and died peacefully in her home in Metairie on September 9, 2018 at the age of 94. She was preceded in death by her parents, Antonino Panepinto and Santina Russo Panepinto, and by her husband, Foster Corales. She is survived by her sons Eric Cretini (Diana), Felix Cretini, and Don Corales, and her daughters Paula Corales Rodriguez and Amy Corales Bush (Randy). She is also survived by nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Rosemary graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel elementary school and Joseph Kohn High School. She received the highest drama award and was selected by elocution teachers to deliver a commencement speech titled, “Those Ramparts We Watch.” Rosemary was a gifted speaker, poet, wordsmith, dancer, cook, and comedienne. She performed in St. Matthias Variety Shows and St. Philip Neri Talent Showcases. Even in her 90’s she was a “show stopper.”
Rosemary treasured her church family. She received a teacher’s certificate for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) program in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She was involved in the Parish School of Religion program (formerly CCD) since its establishment in 1962. Rosemary was an active member of at least 10 church ministries, including lector, CCD secretary, and CCD teacher for the past 40 years. She received the Order of Saint Louis medallion for service in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Catholic Charities Senior Citizen Religious Metal, Adult Service Awards for the Catholic Youth Organizations of St. Jerome and St. Philip Neri parishes, Woman of the Year in St. Philip Neri Parish, and Outstanding Service Awards from Archbishop Chapelle and Archbishop Rummel high schools.
She was a member of Country Club Homes Country Club where she served as advisor for the “7-11” and Teen clubs. She was known affectionately as “Aunt Rosie.”
During WWII Rosemary was a secretary to the Adjutant General in charge of military embarkation at the Port of New Orleans. Later in her career she served as secretary to the head of the training division of the General Motors Corporation in New Orleans. For many years she served as secretary for her beloved St. Philip Neri School. She also worked for the special education division of the Jefferson Parish School System, serving the needs of students with behavioral and/or physical challenges. She was employed fulltime until the age of 78. One of Rosemary’s most fond memories of her careers was merely a statement from a teenage student with behavioral problems who said, “Mrs. C, you make me wanna be a better person.”
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 6500 Kawanee Avenue, Metairie, LA. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of the Mass. Interment will be in Metairie Cemetery. JACOB SCHOEN & SON in charge of arrangements.