Inez V. Rose passed into the loving arms of God, surrounded by family members, at the home of her daughter, Carol, in DeKalb Junction on Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011.
There will be a memorial service this summer for the celebration of her long and wonderful life. It will take place in her hometown of Antwerp on June 25, 2011. Burial will be at the Hillside Cemetery in Antwerp. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Inez was born on April 20, 1921, in Watertown, NY to William S. and Gertrude E. (Wood) Van Tassel. She graduated from Antwerp High School in 1937, and graduated from Potsdam Normal School, now known as SUNY Potsdam, in 1940. She married Earl K. Rose in March of 1946 in Antwerp after his return from World War II. Earl’s wartime experiences included participation as a member of the 184th AAA Gun Battalion, Army Air Force, during the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. Earl passed away on April 10, 1974.
Inez was a teacher for five years, teaching at Boylston and Sandy Creek one room school houses. She continued using her teaching skills while she and her husband raised their eleven children, passing on her intellectual curiosity, her spirituality, her kindness, and her zest for life. She also became the librarian at Crosby Public Library in Antwerp from 1973 until her retirement in 2002.
She was a lifetime member of, and held offices at the Antwerp United Methodist Church. She rarely missed an episode of Jeopardy, enjoying the challenge of answering the questions. She loved the outdoors, traveling, reading, knitting, doing crossword puzzles, gardening, and playing Castle Age with her family on Facebook. She loved and delighted in visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Inez is survived by three sons and their wives, James and Donna of Bryans Rd., MD, Drs. Paul Rose and Lisa Norton of Waban, MA, Michael and Tammy of Canton, MA; eight daughters and six sons-in-law, Carol and George Reed of Dekalb Jct., Laura and Tom Rozell of Malone, Elsie and Clark Culbertson of Minot, ND, Alta and Chris Watkins of Brownville, Muriel and Loren Evory of Chesapeake, VA, Elaine Rose of Dallas, TX, Kathleen Rose-Gray and Jim Gray of Watertown, NY and Denise Rose of Jacksonville, FL; two sisters, Esther White of Pulaski, NY and Isabelle (Bill) Mudd of Fairbanks, AK; brother-in-law William Adams of Fuquay Varina, NC, 24 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. A great-grandson, Liam Andrew Watkins, son of Neil and Laura Watkins, arrived the day after Inez’ death.
She is predeceased by her parents, her husband and a sister Wilhelmina (Willie) Adams.
Donations may be made in Inez’ memory to the Crosby Public Library in Antwerp, NY 13608 or to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Burlington, Vermont.