Of Opera and Astronauts
Rosalie (Lee) Therese Tomasi Randisi Schultz aka Lisa Allen, lived a long, fascinating, and full life. Loving wife to Frank and Joseph, devoted mother to Alicia and Alan, and doting grandmother to her natural and grandchildren by marriage, she passed away at age 95 on December 29, 2020 in Sarasota , Florida.
Beloved by her many friends, Rosalie always had a smile and a wave for her neighbors and acquaintances. She was a twenty-three-year resident of Venice, Florida, where she lived at Jacaranda Trace with her husband of fifteen years, Frank Schultz.
Rosalie was born in Maspeth, Queens, New York and was a New Yorker to the core, marrying and raising a family there until her first husband, Joseph Randisi , retired. A graduate of William Cullen Bryant High School in 1943, Rosalie attended the
Fashion Institute of Technology before launching an early career as a designer for Elisabeth Stewart and Adele Simpson. It wasn't long before her other loves, music and singing, took center stage . Opera became a dominant force in her life. Her studies with Metropolitan Opera soprano Thelma Votipka , Eleanor Stieber , and beloved friend and vocal coach Aldo di Tullio brought her leading roles in regional productions of Carmen, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Marriage of Figaro , and others. Always seeking to expand her musical knowledge, she also pursued a degree in music at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, New York. The rigors of a life in opera proved to be challenging to marriage and family life, especially when her husband, a draftsman and engineer for Republic Aviation, frequently brought home dinner guests like astronaut Deke Slayton on forty-five minutes notice! Yes, Rosalie was also a "foodie" long before it was fashionable . As an early devotee of Julia Child and Larousse Gastronomique, she provided beautifully prepared dinners for friends and family alike.
Rosalie later turned to a successful career in musical theatre, using her vocal talents in off-Broadway and regional theater productions of Mame, Hello Dolly, Lady in the Dark, Carousel, and Oklahoma , among others. She sang for nearly a decade at the Hotel McAlpin's Alpine Cellar, and with big band legends Roy Eldridge and Jimmy Featherstone. Her memberships in AGVA, Actors, Equity, and the Screen Actors Guild gave rise to many extra and bit roles in film, most notably "Ghost", "When Harry Met Sally", "Moonstruck , " and "Quiz Show". Upon retirement, she remained active in the Venice Little Theater and the Sarasota Opera Guild's Venice chapter, later serving on the Arts Committee at Jacaranda Trace and singing in the
choir at Our Lady of Lourdes RC. Church with her husband, Frank. An avid fan of auto racing, jazz, and classical music to the end, Rosalie enjoyed supporting her children's careers in these fields as well.
Rosalie is survived by husband Frank Schultz of Venice, FL, children Alan Randisi, of Port Charlotte, FL, and Alicia Randisi-Hooker (Henry) of Knoxville, TN, Stepchildren, Rebecca Rush (Rick Lank) of Hagerstown MD, Richard Schultz (Anne) of Waukesha,
WI and Charles Schultz (Virginia) of Denton TX. Her grandchildren are Andrew Hooker of Murfreesboro, TN and Laurel Hooker of Knoxville, TN. In addition are Frank's grandchildren, Nicholas and wife Amy, who are the parents of great grandchildren Logan and Miles, of Madison WI, granddaughter Sarah of Milwaukee, WI, granddaughter Rachel of Milwaukee, WI and granddaughter Layla, of Denton TX . She leaves behind nieces and cousins who loved and adored her, in addition to many friends. She is preceded in death by her husband of fifty-two years, Joseph Francis Randisi, and parents John S. Tomasi and Therese Walz Tomasi-Voska.
A mass of Christian Burial and Memorial Service will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church at a later date in 2021 and announced closer to that time.
Memorial donations may be made to The Sarasota Opera and Venice Little Theater. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Rebecca Piotrowski at Venice Regional Bayfront Hospital, Dr. Jeffrey Glover, Dr. Lawrence Elliott, and the staff at Encompass Health Care for their compassionate care.
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