The husband of a Cresskill woman who was stabbed to death last week has plans to establish a foundation in her name to raise awareness about child predators and human trafficking.
Victor Rosasco set up a GoFundMe page to remember his wife, Divna, who was found in Overpeck Park last Monday after being fatally stabbed in her home the day before.
In a statement on the page, he recalls his wife as “a beautiful person inside and out with a passion for art, food, photography and gardening” — a mother who “loved spending time with her family and always wanted the best for our daughter.”
Rosasco asks that people donate to the creation of a foundation that “will bring awareness to families about the dangers of social media child predators and human trafficking,” which he said “struck my family in such horrific way.” Rosasco could not be reached Monday to elaborate.
Nicolas Coirazza, 19, of Lodi, and an unnamed 14-year-old girl were arrested and charged last week in Divna Rosasco’s death.
Authorities allege that Coirazza stabbed the 51-year-old woman and enlisted the girl to help dispose of the body to the park. Police discovered her body in Overpeck Creek, weighed down with cinder blocks.
Rosasco, the executive chef at the Soldier Hill Golf Club in Emerson, activated the GoFundMe page on Thursday. More than $10,000 in donations were tallied by Monday.
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Toni Delisi, a Ramsey-based wedding and special events planner who knew Rosasco for about 15 years, said when she got the news from Victor Rosasco about his wife’s death, it hit her very hard.
“It was horrific. There is no other word to express how horrible it was, to have known her and what a sweet, kind person she was and to fallen to a gruesome and awful death by someone who people said was a nice kid,” Delisi said. “Nice kids don’t cut people’s throats.”
Delisi continued, “Divna was a very kind, generous person who never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was easygoing and pleasant to work with. She was very spiritual, salt of the earth.”
David Lorenzo, the chef for Acadia Catering, which oversees the food service and hospitality for Soldier Hill Golf Club in Emerson, where Rosasco was the event and creative concept manager, called her “great, full of life, artistic, creative, very vocal. Great attitude, always positive.”
Gretchen Lolis was Rosasco’s colleague at the real estate firm Keller Williams Town Life in Tenafly.
“She was a very generous person with her kindness and always wanting to be part of the group and help, and I always got a warm feeling from her,” Lolis said.
A Bergenfield resident, who wanted his name withheld, said that he got acquainted with the Rosascos last year while helping them build the Acadia Catering website.
He recalled someone who was a huge fan of the tennis star Novak Djokovic, and who had a lively personality.
“She was really outgoing, she loved jokes, and she was really into tennis. All she would talk about was Djokovic,” the resident said. “She and Victor were the perfect couple and they loved each other. He is very destroyed.”
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