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FRAMINGHAM – Joseph Abel Rosa, 52, was born in Framingham, on August 26, 1968.  He passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 1, 2020.

He was the beloved son of Felicita Rosa and Jorge Rosa, both originally from Puerto Rico.  Joseph, known as “Joey” or “Abel” was a kind and generous soul who helped others in need. His immediate, extended family and friends say he would light up the room with his smile and laughter.  He brought great joy to those who knew him and loved him.  He always put others before him with a selfless and loving heart.

At the time of his passing, Abel was employed at GM for over 20 years where he is remembered fondly by his co-workers. He was a graduate of Framingham South High, class of 1986.  

Abel enjoyed being with family, friends and loved Puerto Rican culture, food, and Salsa music. He wanted to retire and spend time in Puerto Rico with family.

Abel will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.   He is survived by his parents, his two siblings, his brother, George Rosa, Sr. and his wife Annie Rosa of Ashland; his sister, Judie Rosa and her husband Steve Pacheco of Silver Spring, MD; his nieces and nephews who he loved dearly, George Jr., Natasha, Joanna, Angie, Kamila, Zoe and Soren; two step-daughters he raised, Tatiana Strahn and Charely Minaya as well as several cousins, aunts and uncles. It was evident to those around him, that he was a true follower of Jesus Christ. 

In the weeks and months prior to his passing, his primary focus was telling others about the love and mercy of God and was awaiting His kingdom.  

A graveside burial service will be held Friday Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. in Edgell Grove Cemetery, Grove Street in Framingham.

Calling hours will be held Thursday from3 to 6 p.m. in the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main Street in Ashland.

All visitors to the funeral home are required to wear a face mask.  NO EXCEPTIONS

Funeral home visitors entering the funeral home will be limited to 10 at one time. 

Visitors may be asked to wait outside until room is available.

Unfortunately no exceptions can made to this rule for inclement weather.

Condolences with the family should be kept brief so that others may enter after you.

Please refrain from embracing with the family.

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.