Rose Bartolini, 58, of Hopkinton


Rose Bartolini, 58, of HopkintonHopkinton – Rose Mary (Carrier) Bartolini, 58, of Hopkinton and formerly of Southborough, passed away peacefully at her home in her family’s care Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. She was the devoted wife and best friend to David B. Bartolini Sr. for the past 36 years.

Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of Margaret (Turpin) Carrier of Westborough and the late Robert Carrier. Rose relocated to Westborough as a teenager, graduating from Westborough High School’s class of 1976. She was capable of amazing focus, crafting and honing her artistic gifts into exceptional skill that was obvious to any observer.

After high school, Rose studied painting at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, and later advanced her studies while maintaining a studio at the Ingbretson Atelier and studying classical realism under Numael Pulido. She was inducted into the Portrait Society of America in 2010.

Rose’s artistic accomplishments weren’t limited to the canvas. She was also an accomplished doll maker, winning the Top Award International Competition 1995 Award – Doll Artisan Guild and President’s Choice doll awards. She was also an exceptional dancer, winning several competitions across the U.S., including the highly prized 2010 U.S. Open Master’s Division.

Rose cherished her three dogs, Lily, Abigail and Benjamin, demonstrating her love through highly capable training. All of her dogs received advanced good citizens’ certification, with Benjamin becoming a therapy dog and, ultimately, her devoted service dog.

In addition to her husband and mother, Rose leaves her loving children, Robert J. Bartolini and David B. Bartolini Jr. and his wife Emma and her granddaughter, Isabella;  her siblings, Patricia A. Valin, Paul R. Carrier, William R. Carrier,  Margaret M. Carrier, and Stephen J. Carrier; and many loved and cherished in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, James M.  Carrier.

A funeral service to celebrate her beautiful life will be held Wednesday, March 1, at 11 a.m., at Pilgrim Church, 15 Common St., Southborough. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 4-7 p.m., at Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St., Southborough.

We wish to acknowledge the team at Mass General Hospital Cancer Center who cared for Rosa and to support promising research in stomach cancer. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rosa can be made online at Checks can be made payable to Mass. General Hospital and mailed to Massachusetts General Hospital, c/o Development Office, Attn: Meagan Coons, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Please note “in memory of Rose Bartolini” in the memo line so your donation is directed to Stomach Cancer Research under Dr. Lipika Goyal. Or, memorial contributions may be made to the Union Congregation Church, 86 Main St., in South Grafton, MA 01560.

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