Mrs. Rosalina “Rosie” M. (Pugliese) Bridger, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and lifelong resident of the Village of Cooperstown, died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 8, 2011, surrounded by her family at Otsego Manor. She was 86 years old.
Rosie, as she was known by her family and friends, was born Feb. 8, 1924, at home on Grove Street in the Village of Cooperstown. She was the daughter of Felice and Mary (Ruggiero) Pugliese.
Raised in Cooperstown, she graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1942.
She met Chester O. Bridger while he was home on a 45- day leave, and Chet and Rosie were married in Cooperstown on April 26, 1945. Shortly thereafter they settled into their home on Maple Street.
When Rosie first began working, she was employed at dress factories both on Main Street in Cooperstown as well as in Oneonta. The job she loved the most, though, was waitressing at The Otesaga in Cooperstown. Well-liked by both staff and guests of the resort, she was an invaluable part of The Otesaga for over 35 years.
Rosie’s favorite time of year at the resort was when the baseball Hall of Famers came to town each summer. The late Bob Feller, Warren Spahnand Stan Musial were among her favorite customers, who specifically asked for her when they arrived at The Otesaga for Hall of Fame weekend.
Rosie always enjoyed a good card game, and was an especially formidable pitch player. She loved bingo, bowling with her team “4 Thorns and a Rose,” and daily coffee hours with her sisters-in-law, Betty and Millie. She was a familiar figure in Cooperstown, taking daily strolls “down street” where she shopped the stores and visited with everyone she met.
A fine seamstress, Rosie made many prom dresses, wedding and christening gowns for family members, and knitted many sweaters which became prized possessions of those who received them.
Most of all, Rosie enjoyed spending time with family, especially at holidays, when she lovingly prepared everyone’s favorite foods.
Of the Catholic faith, Rosie was a communicant of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. She was also a member of the Native Daughters of Cooperstown, and was a member and past president of both the VFW Auxiliary Unit 7128 and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 579 in Cooperstown.
Rosie is survived by her three children, Jacqueline Parshall and her husband, Harry L. Parshall III of Jamesville, Phyllis Newell and her husband, Mike of Hartwick, and Chester Timothy Bridger and his wife, Lora of Tonawanda; six grandchildren, who affectionately called her Mum Mum, Trisha D’Imperio and her husband, Chuck of Oneonta, Daniel Schallert and his wife, Sara of Hartwick, JoAnn Furlan and her husband, Frank of Laurens, Leigh-Ann Parshall of Jamesville, Joshua T. Bridger of Key West, Fla., and Katherine (“Katie”) Bridger of Tonawanda; and four great-grandchildren, Abby Rose Rodenas, Joseph Edward Rodenas, Gabriella Rose Furlan, and Maralina Ginet Furlan.
Rosie is further survived by many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many, many nieces and nephews.
Rosie was predeceased by her husband, Chet, who died Aug. 13, 1994; and her five brothers, Leonard, John, Vito, Angelo and Carmel Pugliese. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. Immediately following the Mass there was a time for refreshment and fellowship at the Cooperstown Vets Club on Main Street in Cooperstown.
The Service of Committal and Burial will be later this spring in the Hartwick Seminary Cemetery.
Friends called at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, when Rosie’s family was in attendance.
As an alternative to flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to one of two organizations that were near and dear to Rosie and Chet: The Cooperstown Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 322, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or the Cooperstown Fire Department, P.O. Box 1, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  January 13, 2011