Obituary of Vada Ann Rosen

January 31, 2021

Vada Ann Rosen, daughter of Curtis Campbell Ferguson and Anna Borzumato, died of complications related to COVID-19 on January 31, 2021. She was everyone's favorite nurse, therapist, family member, and friend. She is survived by her husband of forty-two years, Michael P. Rosen, and her adult children Adam Turba of Pine Hill, NY, and Ashley Fleming of Bryn Mawr, PA. They share this loss with their spouses, Carolina Turba, and Christian Fleming, along with the pride of Vada's life, her grandchildren Hudson, Milo, and Kiko Turba, as well as Alanna and Carter Fleming. She was also a beloved Aunt to nephews Matthew, Vincent, and Jonathan Ferguson. She was preceded in death by her brother Dennis Ferguson. She is cherished and missed as well by her family members in the Mercurio and Ferguson families.

She obtained her B.S. from St. Peter's College in 1969, her R.N. from Florida Community College in Jacksonville, and her M.C.P. From the University of North Florida, and she updated her own story this past October on the Hospice of New York's website at This company, and bringing the comfort and beauty of Hospice care to New York City, was the dream she and Michael shared and fulfilled together.

The family will host a celebration of her life when it is safe to gather, both in New York, the city of her birth and heart, and in Jacksonville, FL, the city where she raised her children and found lifelong friends.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family invites you to consider contributing to a fund set up in her name at Daniel Memorial, Inc., in Jacksonville, FL. It is a home and specialized facility for at risk youth where Vada worked as a psychiatric nurse for over ten years, and in recent years enjoyed serving on the board. Designate Vada Rosen as the reason for giving. The family will direct the fund as Vada would have, to serve as protection for vulnerable youth. The web address is:
Or mailing address is:
Daniel Foundation
4203 Southpoint Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32216

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I am so sorry for your loss my prayers are with all the family. Vada was a very wonderful loving person and a great childhood friend. ❤

Posted by: Nanette Spina - Staten Island, NY - February 3, 2021

Vada was a gentle soul,an attractive,intelligent young lady.Mickey please accept my condolences on your loss.

Posted by: Barney Manzo7 - Staten Island, NY - February 3, 2021

Dear Michael and Family, I am shocked and saddened by this news. There truly are no words. Vada was always a voice of reason and she had a sly sense of humor which I admired. I will miss her.

Posted by: Karen Glasgow - Jacksonville Beach, FL - February 3, 2021

An Angel left the earth. An Angel has been received in heaven.
Vada was full of compassion, excellence, dedication and professionalism.
She left an indelible legacy.
My condolences, thoughts and prayers to Michael, the children and the whole family

Posted by: David Annan - Bronx,, NY - February 3, 2021

My deepest condolences to all of Vada's Family who I know were the center of her life. She was one of a kind, a generous caring person who always led by example and made the world a better place. I will miss you my friend.

Posted by: Rich Mancino - Staten Islamd, NY - February 3, 2021

Dear Michael and family,

My deepest condolences for the profoundly sad and tragic loss of Vada. Best wishes to you.

Kerry Parker

Posted by: Kerry Parker - Morristown, NJ - February 4, 2021

My deepest condolences. I went to H.S. with her. Always admired her. Prayers and hugs for you all.

Posted by: Penelope Kotula - Staten Island, NY - February 4, 2021

Dear Michael and family,
The loss of our beloved Vada has left me saddened. I didn't realize what a special place she has in my heart until now. She was a beautiful, loving and kind person. I shared many conversations and laughs with her that I will always cherish .
The way I feel I can't even imagine how the family feels. She was a wonderful person and has touched the lives of many, those she has known briefly and those she has known for a lifetime.

She will live forever my heart,
Teresa V. Quinones

Posted by: Teresa Quinones - Bronx, NY - February 4, 2021

My deepest condolences. I went to H.S. with her. Always admired her.

Posted by: Penelope Kotula - Staten Island, NY - February 4, 2021

Vada was truly a gift to her family and to the children at Daniel Memorial.

Posted by: Maxine Richmond - Jacksonville, FL - February 4, 2021

So sad to hear of Vada's loss....I will always cherish memories of fun times together in grad school. She was an example of professional excellence and a genuine, compassionate person. Always I will smile when I remember her.
My deepest condolences to her family.

Posted by: Laura Wareh - Jacksonville, FL - February 5, 2021

I am so sorry and hurt to hear the loss of Vada. My deepest sympathy and condolences to Mr. Michael Rosen and family.
I am a volunteer at Hospice of New York for approximately seven years and I had seen Vada pass through the office from time to time. But, it was in the last two years I had gotten to know Vada. In 2018, Vada surprised me by inviting me to a luncheon at Hospice of New York and I was deeply honored to be there. It was at that time, is when a beautiful friendship began. We went together along with other Hospice volunteers to RSVP Community of Volunteers to a breakfast in NYC whereby we were honored for our volunteer service. And, I had the pleasure of attending other volunteers luncheons as well as worked with her at some Bereavement support groups at HONY.
I will also go into her office to say "hello" and "what's doing?" As I did with other employees at HONY.
Vada will always have a special place in my heart. And, I will always cherished the small talk, the memories and moments we had shared together at Hospice.
Oh, one other thing; Vada and I were supposed to have lunch together, my treat to talk about my trip to Africa. I visited three countries which were Ghana, Senegal and Zimbabwe. It would have been there to show her some pictures and to further talk about the mishaps and miracles that happened along the various places I went in Africa. Vada said, "to wait because the business was moving to another location and then Coronavirus happened." I am hurt to know that will not happen. Nevertheless, Vada was a nice person and I would always compliment her about her beautiful white hair. She was definitely a blessing to my life and I will miss her dearly and her presence around the office. May she rest in Eternal Peace.

Posted by: Gwendolyn Bethea - , - February 10, 2021

Dear Michael and Family,

Please accept my deepest sympathies at the loss of Vada. She was truly one of the kindest, most loving and caring individuals I've ever met. She will be tremendously missed, both her caring heart and also her brilliant mind, so actively involved in so many things from helping Michael with Hospice of NY to coming back to serve so ably on the Board of Daniel.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

With warmest regards,


Posted by: Jay Rolfe - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - February 18, 2021

One of the most extraordinary people I've ever had the privilege of knowing, Vada was caring, intuitive, and brilliant. We are all poorer without her.

Posted by: George Witterschein - MENDHAM, NJ - March 2, 2021

Posted by: Joseph Cangemi - Massapequa, NY - May 17, 2021

To Vada's family, I offer my deepest condolences. I am a HONY volunteer and had the pleasure of speaking to her at a volunteer luncheon. I remember her warmth, spark, and intelligence. Though our conversation was brief, she left a beautiful impression, as it seems she did on many!

Posted by: Vicky Chang - Flushing, NY - May 18, 2021

Your kindness will never be forgotten. You are a beautiful soul and it was intended for us to meet, as I was a young nurses aide, aspiring RN. HONY saw me through nursing school. I spent 18 years on cardiac units, and now back to hospice in PA. Will ALWAYS remember you.

Posted by: Leah Thomson (Lakey) - Albrightsville, PA - June 30, 2021