Roslyn C. Phillips

By Strifflers Family Funeral Homes | Posted in: Strifflers Family Funeral Homes

Roslyn “Roz” Phillips of Glassport, formerly of White Oak, passed peacefully on November 14, 2018 at the age of 94. Married November 4, 1944, she joins her husband of 74 years, Melvin “Mel” Phillips, who passed in 2010. Roslyn was born March 8, 1924 in Vanderbilt to Mary Pepe and Joseph Bonadio. She grew up and raised her family in Glassport, PA.

Roslyn was in the beauty business for many years beginning with Roslyn’s House of Beauty. While traveling with Breck Color Company sharing her expertise, Roz and her husband decided to open Roz-Mel’s Beauty Salon. Continuing to follow her dreams, Nadine’s Coiffure and Boutique was opened, which brought Roslyn great joy to have her family working together. After retiring from the beauty business, she worked as a bookkeeper for Quality Inn and Brandywine Agency. Known for her tenacious energy and work ethic, Roslyn worked into her 80s and became a Community Health Ambassador with Pitt’s Center for Healthy Aging where she shared her secrets of longevity. She was an active member of her churches by serving as a choir member, reader and eucharistic minister. Throughout her life, she enjoyed dancing, doing the jitterbug with her brothers, listening to Sinatra, playing Bingo and card games with family and friends and wearing hats!

Roslyn was intensely proud of her daughter, Nadine and son-in-law, Jim Rossini of Bethel Park, as well as her grandsons, Justin (Cassie Dennis) of Lawrenceville and Aaron (Ali Rose Dachis) of Brooklyn, New York.

Roslyn will be missed by her brothers Frank, William and Hank Bonadio, and sister-in-law, Florence Bonadio along with many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Josephine Miller, brothers Nate and Emmett Bonadio, and in-laws Earl Miller, Irene, Margie, Linda and Lois Bonadio.

Friends are welcome Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 3-8 pm at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation & Mortuary Services, Inc., 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA  15131 (Supervisor, Sue Striffler Galaski 412-678-6177).  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, 10 am at St. Michael’s Church, Elizabeth, PA. Interment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Township. Condolences may be made at  

“Hats Off” to a special wife, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to many people. A heartfelt thank you to the very special people, especially Caroline, who enlightened Roslyn’s life with their compassion and love through some difficult years. “In lieu of flowers, Roslyn wishes you to consider a donation in her memory to her grandson’s not-for-profit theatre company, Fault Line Theatre ( to support her love of family and all things creative; a donation directly to the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh ( to celebrate her love for all houses of worship.”

Originally published November 14, 2018.

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