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Fernando Rosa

July 22, 1952 — March 20, 2024

Fernando Rosa, 71, a man of generous spirit and friendly demeanor, of Bethlehem passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Carmen Diaz. Fernando was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico on July 22,1952 to the late Nicolas and Gloria (Alicea) Rosa. He worked for Mrs. Paul’s Kitchen, Doylestown, the Magnet Shop, Pembroke and in the Maintenance Dept. for Moravian University until retiring. Fernando served our country faithfully in the U.S. Army National Guard during Peacetime. He was a member of Holy Infancy Roman Catholic Church, Bethlehem.

An avid New York Yankees fan, Fernando's love for baseball was matched only by his passion for salsa music. Known affectionately as the "Mayor of 4th Street," he was a fixture in his community, greeting everyone with a smile that was as genuine as it was infectious. Fernando's penchant for walking and his handy nature made him a treasured friend and neighbor. Despite his stubborn streak, it was this very tenacity that endeared him to all who knew him. His legacy of kindness and his skilled hands have left an indelible mark on the hearts of many. Fernando will be deeply missed but fondly remembered for his joy and camaraderie.

Survivors: In addition to his loving wife; daughters: Brenda L. (Anibal Torres, Jr.) Rosa of Fountain Hill, Sandy E. (Ryan) Rosa of Temple, PA; siblings: Freddy (Lydia) Rosa of Philadelphia, Henry Rosa of Puerto Rico, Sabina Rosa of Philadelphia; grandchildren: Jaden Garcia, Joel Torres, Brielle Torres. And many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by siblings: Sammy Rosa, Orlando Rosa, Eddie Berto Rosa, Delia Rosa, Mildred Rosa.

Services: Family and friends are invited to his viewings 4-6pm Sunday, March 24, 2024 and 9:30-10:30am Monday, March 25, 2024 all at the Connell Funeral Home, 245 East Broad Street, Bethlehem followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 11am at the Holy Infancy Roman Catholic Church, 312 East 4th Street, Bethlehem. The services will conclude at the Union Cemetery of Hellertown. Condolences may be offered online at

Contributions: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to VNA Hospice of St. Luke’s, 240 Station Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015.

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Sunday, March 24, 2024

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Connell Funeral Home, Inc.

245 E Broad St
Bethlehem, PA 18018

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Mass of Christian Burial

Monday, March 25, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Holy Infancy Catholic Church

312 East 4th Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015

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