Rosario June Serrallés McNally passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on Friday, March 22. She was surrounded by her loving family. Her vibrancy and resilience were reflected in the sudden burst of painted lady butterflies that migrated past her home during her final days.
June was born in Mercedita, Puerto Rico, to Rosario “Tito” and Pedro Juan Serrallés. Her family moved to Miami, Fla., when she was in high school.
She was a lifelong learner, having attended Agnes Scott College, Manhattanville College, and Barry College. Her college career was interrupted when she contracted tuberculosis and spent five years recovering in Saranac Lake, N.Y. She eventually graduated with a bachelor’s degree from St. John Vianney Seminary at the age of 65. She never stopped pursuing her spiritual, intellectual and artistic interests.
June spent most of her life in South Miami before moving to Davis after the passing of her husband, Eugene William McNally, in 1997. They were married for 43 years.
During her time in Davis, June was a member of the University Farm Circle, participated daily in Centering Prayer, attended St. James Catholic Church and took classes at the Davis Art Center.
June was preceded in death by her brother, Peter Serrallés. She is survived by her brother John Serrallés and his wife, Sonya; children, Kevin McNally, Kathy McNally Bloise and Frank McNally; son-in-law, Luis Bloise and daughter-in-law, Karen McNally; grandchildren Colin and Roxanne McNally; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Friday, March 29. She will be buried at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery in Miami. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in June’s name to Contemplative Outreach (www.trustformeditation.org) or Yolo Hospice.