Rose Ann (Totani) Bales

January 12, 1931 ~ September 9, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Rose Ann Bales Obituary

Rose Ann Bales

1931 - 2023


Rose Ann Bales, 92, of Lansford, entered into eternal rest Saturday, September 9, 2023 in her residence. She was the wife of the late Louis M. Bales who passed away June 2, 2015. Born in Coaldale, she was a daughter of the late Dominic and Ida (Fortunato) Totani. She was the owner/operator along with her husband of the former Aquila Hotel, Lansford and then was a cafeteria manager for the Panther Valley School District. She was a member of St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley. She was a graduate of Lansford High School Class of 1948 and then furthered her education and graduated from the former Women’s College of Philadelphia as a laboratory technician. She enjoyed knitting, crossword puzzles, cooking, and baking. She was a member of the Red Hatters and volunteered at the Carbon County Senior Center Food Pantry. Rose Ann and her husband ran many bingos for the former St. Anne’s Church, Lansford.

Surviving are daughters Annlousie wife of Evan Stevens of Warminster, PA, Ida Jean Steele and her companion Rich of Summit Hill, and Roberta Bales of Lansford with whom Rose Ann resided; sisters Sofia Mathews and her husband George of Lake Hauto and Mary Totani of Philadephia; grandchildren Jason, Shanan, Shawn, Trista, Amy, Leah, and Danielle; 14 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a son Paul L. Bales; a grandson John Louis Steele; a sister Inez Larichuta; and brothers Dr. Louis, John, and Nicholas.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, September 1, 2023 at 11:30 A.M. in the Shrine of St. Therese at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 15 E. Garibaldi Ave., Nesquehoning, PA with Rev. Robert George officiating. Interment will be held in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Nesquehoning. Call Saturday morning 10:30 -11:30 A.M. in the Church. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted in her name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. The Sverchek-Blazosky Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. Online condolences at

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September 16, 2023

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Shrine of St. Therese Catholic church
15 E. Garibaldi Ave
Nesquehoning, PA 18240

Mass of Christian Burial
September 16, 2023

11:30 AM
Shrine of St. Therese Catholic church
15 E. Garibaldi Ave
Nesquehoning, PA 18240


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856


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