Rosalea Morganti Sherman

Published 10:35 am Tuesday, December 13, 2016

GREENVILLE — Funeral Mass for Rosalea Morganti Sherman, 94, of Greenville will be at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  She passed away on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016.  Burial will be in Greenville Cemetery under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville.

She was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on Oct. 23, 1922 to John and Della Tarzi Morganti and graduated from Clarksdale High School.  She married Charles Sherman on July 29, 1943 in Las Vegas, New Mexico and then made Greenville her home. She enjoyed sharing her self-taught art of Italian cooking with the extended Sherman family, whose Lebanese heritage she quickly embraced. After being tutored by her mother-in-law, she became one of the best Lebanese cooks in town. All of her Italian and Lebanese recipes have been passed down to her family.

While raising her family, Rosalea worked alongside her husband in the business they established in 1947, Sherman’s Grocery, on the corner of Main Street and Reed Road. After her son Charles bought the grocery and then converted it into Sherman’s Restaurant, she loved visiting there in order to continue seeing many old customers and friends.

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Rosalea was a faithful member and communicant of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar Society, ladies sewing circle and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. She was also very involved at St. Joseph High School while her children were students there. After the deaths of her husband and her mother (who she brought to Greenville to care for), she enjoyed her church family, playing cards with friends, and cooking for her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and siblings: Herman Morganti, Carrie LaBouve, Mildred McKenzie, and Frank Morganti. She is survived by her four children: Charles Sherman (Carole),Nancy Dantone (Frank), Jane Henry (Mike), and John Sherman (Robin). She leaves behind 8 grandchildren: Chuck Sherman (Elizabeth), Christopher Sherman, Renee Dantone Hitt, Cindy Dantone Parolli (Jason), Michael Henry (Mallory), Morgan Henry, Molly Sherman Coleman (Robert), and Shelby Sherman; as well as 7 great-grandchildren: Frank Tyler Hitt, Dominic & Charlie Parolli, Graham, Olivia Cate, & Bramlett Sherman, and Mary Lynley Henry.

Her family wishes to express appreciation to the entire staff at Magnolia Gardens and the friends she made there, her care workers from Grace Hospice, and the lay ministers of St. Joseph Catholic Church who brought her Communion each week.

There will be a visitation from 10-11:30 a.m., Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Memorials can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church Restoration Fund, P. O. Box 1220, Greenville, MS 38702-1220, or a charity of your choice.