CAMERON—Funeral services for Louise (Rozzo) Bell, 88, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Little River Baptist Church in Cameron with Rev. Tommy Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in Little River Cemetery.
Visitation is set for 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron.
Mrs. Bell died Aug. 22, 2013, 47 days after her husband, in Port St. Lucie, Florida, suffering a massive stroke.
She was born Oct. 14, 1924, on in Manhattan, New York, to Antonetta Rose (Andreoli) Rozzo and Giuseppe Carmine Rozzo, both of Italy.
The Rozzo clan moved from lower Manhattan to East Elmhurst, Queens, where Mrs. Bell and her younger siblings attended public schools.
Mrs. Bell attended one year at New York University, after graduating high school wanting to study journalism.
She worked briefly at Walgreen’s as a counter girl serving ice cream and soda.
She married Russell Bell on Feb. 16, 1947.
The Bells were parents to four children: William Joseph Bell, Antoinette Rose-Lee (Bell) Witt, Christopher Russell Bell and David Francis Bell. They were grandparents to 18 children and great-grandparents to three, as well as beloved siblings, cousins, uncle or aunt and friend of many.
They met Cardinal John O’Connor of New York and Pope John Paul II in Rome and Mrs. Bell met Mother Teresa in the Bronx.
Mrs. Bell was a Eucharistic minister for at least 30 years, mostly at St. Boniface Parish in Elmont, New York, and later at Holy Family Parish in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She was an active member of the Catholic Daughters at St. Boniface Church, serving as Grand Regent.
Mrs. Bell taught the Catholic faith to young children for about 30 years. She was a recipient of the Kerygma Award and became a Third Order Franciscan.
She was active as a volunteer at the church food pantry, as well as a helper for various other church and civic organizations.
Mrs. Bell loved her family, was helpful to others and supportive of many Christ-centered charities. She taught her children and everyone who knew her to love Our Lord and do good.
Mr. and Mrs. Bell hand made many thousands of rosaries which were sent to missions and charities near and far.