CASCADE Joan Ann Rose, 71, of Cascade, died unexpectedly of natural causes Wednesday, Jan. 16, at her home in Cascade.
Vigil service is 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Funeral Liturgy is 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, followed by burial in Hillside Cemetery. A reception will follow at the church. O'Connor Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Angels are bright still, but the brightest fell. - William Shakespeare, "Macbeth"
Born in Miles City on April 22, 1941, Miss Rose was the daughter of Clement and Alice Rose. The family moved to Hamilton in 1942, where she lived until she graduated from Hamilton High School in 1959. She attended the University of Montana, graduating in 1964, with a BA degree in secondary education, a major in English and a minor In Spanish. Her first teaching job was in Oregon, followed by a year in Washington. She then spent a year living and traveling in Europe, until she finally moved to Cascade in 1968, where she began teaching at Cascade High School and remained for 43 years.
A gifted teacher, Miss Rose was a strong advocate for and an inspiration to her students. She was involved in many school activities, serving as girls' track coach, in addition to sponsoring numerous school clubs, activities and organizations. She could be found in every activity from Homecoming, to National Honor Society and to the Montana Education Association. She received many school and state honors for her contributions. She was named Montana State Coach of the Year multiple times and was nominated for National Coach of the Year. In addition to her girls' sports activities, she was also active in boys' sports serving as scorekeeper for basketball and running chains at the football games.
Miss Rose was a "people" person. She taught three generations of Cascadians and followed her students' lives and careers long after they graduated, sending them letters of congratulations, notes of encouragement and writing references for many of them. All of her students remember her and particularly her love of Shakespeare, much to the dismay of some of them. She received many notes of thanks from them over the years. Her heart and soul was in the Cascade school and her students, and she was the ultimate "Cascade Badger".
She was an active member of Sacred Heart Parish, a hands-on volunteer for the Cascade Food Cupboard and taught Upward Bound Veterans in Great Falls. Following her retirement from Cascade High in 2009, she continued many of her school and community activities.
She is survived by her sister, Patricia Hillis; husband, Jerry of Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; brother, Michael Rose and wife Ginny of Corvallis; one niece; four nephews; four great-nieces; five great-nephews; and her beloved dog, Gaby.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Cascade High School, Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Cascade, the Food Cupboard or a
. Condolences may be posted online at www.oconnorfuneralhome.com