Rosa was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. She came to New York and began working in Sebastian’s Plantain chips factory where he was the manager. Rosa had known Sebastian from Puerto Rico and it was her brother who brought her to work in New York as a young lady before the age of 20.
Rosa Colon became Sebastian’s wife after a few years. Rosa got married at about the age of 20. Their first apartment was in the Bronx. Years later, Sebastian Torres bought a house for Rosa Colon in Brooklyn, NY, and they had four children. They also raised Sebastian Jr (son of Sebastian from an earlier relationship). Rosa Colon and Sebastian Torres divorced around 1985, but both Rosa Colon and Sebastian Torres remained friends and continued to help raise their children and grandchildren. In her later years, Rosa spent a few years in a long term relationship with Jose Alejandro Leon, and afterwards, he remained a very good friend of our family. In the Year of 2011, she moved out of Brooklyn, New York and bought a house here in Philadelphia to live near her children and continue to help raise her grandchildren.
Rosa's deceased parents are Julia Castro and Enemencio Colon. There are two living sisters: Alejandrina Torres and Lydia Estrada. There were three brothers Pedro, Elaudio, and Esteban who are deceased. Rosa also mentioned that there was a sister named Santa who passed before Rosa was born and a brother Santana who passed after Rosa was a toddler.
Rosa Colon loved and leaves four children plus one daughter-in-law: Cristina, Rosa, Veronica (the youngest), Israel and his wife Lisa. Rosa Colon and Lisa were known as the master chefs in the kitchen for all family gatherings.
Rosa Colon loved and leaves grandchildren with spouses, and great-grandchildren: The grandchildren Crystal (fiancé: Chazz), Heather (husband: Eric), Priscilla (husband: Luis), Andy (fiancee: Shayla), Adam, Isabella, Beyanara, Leonardo, Mia, Ethan, Lauren, Eddie, Isaiah, and Janae. Rosa loved and leaves five great-grandchildren: Jacob, Nolan, Promise, Darius, Alaina and pretty sure she will love from heaven all future great-grandchildren, too.
Rosa was an awesome mom, strong, determined, overcomer, loved to dance, cooked delicious dishes especially her Pasteles de masa and rice for Thanksgiving and Christmas. When she smiled and laughed, she brightened her surroundings. Rosa impacted the lives of her children and grandchildren as she demonstrated that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” and that we can succeed in what we set our minds and hearts to do. Rosa Colon, our mom, was tough but loving, humble in her own way, and very protective. An outstanding and amazing MOM; She was the Wonder woman hero in all of our lives!
Rosa brought culture wisdom, happiness in many areas like music, dance, laughter, and cooking. She had a warm heart filled with love for all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Rosa was a giver and always prayed for her family and strongly believed that God answers prayers. Our Mom ALWAYS made sure that her family was fed and that her family had a roof over their heads to the point of her going to Heaven.
Rosa leaves a legacy of successful children, grandchildren and great-grand children. Rosa Colon raised strong, overcomers, and God fearing soldiers!!!
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