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Rose "Anna" Miller

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Rose "Anna" Miller

1910 - 2013 PITTSFIELD Rose Anna Miller, 102, passed away gently and peacefully, in the company of loving hands, on Aug. 9, 2013 at Hillcrest Commons Nursing Facility where she resided.

Born in Pittsfield on Dec. 3, 1910, she was the daughter of Annie Guercio Garden and Thomas (Giardina) Garden, both from Sicily. A lifelong resident of Pittsfield, she graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1928 and Berkshire Business College in 1930.

She was married in January of 1947 to William Alexander Miller of Pittsfield and lived for 58 years in her home on Bay State Road.

She was predeceased by her brother, Peter Garden, and by sister, Josephine Troy.

Rose Anna worked at General Electric as a private secretary from 1930 until 1947. She was the only employed family member during the Great Depression. Subsequently, she worked for many years in the record room at Pittsfield General and St. Luke's hospitals and then for almost 20 years as Office Manager at the Massachusetts State Department of Education from which she retired at the age of 75.

She was a member of the Rosary Altar Sodality at the former St. Teresa's Church. She was an avid participant at the Women's Club, the Pittsfield Community Music School, and the Berkshire Business and Professional Women's Group.

Roseanna endured many struggles in her lifetime, persevered and surmounted difficulties with creativity and determination, thrift, optimism, and selfless generosity to others. She was intelligent, loving, gracious, generous and kind to all who knew her.

The family would like to thank all those individuals who knew her and compassionately supported her in the years when she required care, including her doctors, nurses, and especially the CNAs at Unit 2 of Hillcrest Commons Nursing Home.

She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. Those who knew her and loved her may honor her memory by living as she did, a life of honesty, empathy, charity and simplicity; self-motivation, and devotion to family and education as the best investments in life.

She leaves a son Frederick (Steve) Miller and his wife, Dorothyann, of Dalton; her nephew, Thomas Troy and his wife Linda, of Cheshire; her niece, Nancy Garden and her partner, Sandy Scott, of Carlisle, Mass., and her granddaughter, Josie Miller Macchi, and husband, Matthew, of Pittsfield. There are several other nieces and nephews both in the Berkshires and out of state.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Rose Anna Miller, 102, of Pittsfield, who died Aug. 9, 2013, will be Thursday at 9:30 a.m. from the DERY FUNERAL HOME in Pittsfield, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, celebrated by the Rev. Monsignor Michael Shershanovich, pastor. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

To sign the guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.berkshireeagle.com. or deryfuneralhome.com



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 13, 2013
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