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Rose Marie Tobias

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Rose Marie Tobias

BENNINGTON, VT - Born on October 5, 1925, Rose died at home on January 3, 2013, after a short illness and is survived by her husband, Charles "Chuck" R. Tobias.

The youngest of four daughters of Percy and Amelia "Becker" Brock, Rose was a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School and Albany State College. As was the case with many of her contemporaries, her early life was affected by World War II; she lost her fiancé, an Air Force pilot, in an air crash in Burma. After her first marriage, Rose became a nurse in St. Francis Hospital, in Poughkeepsie, New York, and raised her three children as a single parent.

Rose and Chuck were married on April 25, 1978, at the Alumni House of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.

Endowed with the gift of the love of life, Rose was a beloved friend of her schoolmates and her hospital associates. She was a talented ballroom dancer, roller-skater, and skier. Always a voracious reader, Rose was a constant presence at the Bennington Free Library. In both Poughkeepsie and Bennington, she most enjoyed playing bridge and was known as a shrewd and skillful player. Later in life, Rose became an adept golfer (mostly to please Chuck) and was active in leagues at the IBM Country Club and in Bennington. Last, throughout her life, she loved fishing and could catch a fish in the most unpromising waters.

Her twenty-six years in Bennington, in the house she picked out, were content and happy ones. She made many friends in the community and at church. The esteem in which she was held was displayed in the many comments made in sympathy cards received by the family—"such a free spirit," "boundless enthusiasm and zest for life," "so much vitality and élan"—these are treasured sentiments.

Other survivors include her sister, Virginia Walsh, of New Paltz, New York; her three children, Robb Bower, of California; Randolph Bower, of New York; and Rose Mary McGuire, of New Hampshire; stepchildren C. Richard Tobias and James E. Tobias, both of Florida; Paul J. Tobias, of New York; Jane T. Sleight, of Virginia; and John P. Tobias, of California. There are five McGuire grandchildren, eight Tobias grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

In view of Rose's happy spirit, the family has chosen to celebrate her life as a mother, loving wife, and sister with a lighthearted party. Some impromptu music and song will be provided by family members. In addition, the family hopes to have a Golf Adventure on Sunday morning, May 5, at the Mount Anthony Country Club. Friends and members are encourged to attend.

A Celebration of Life for Rose Marie Tobias

Funeral services for Rose Marie Tobias will be held Saturday, May 4, at 10:00 A.M. at the Second Congregational Church in Bennington, Vermont. Following committal in Park Lawn Cemetery, a party and reception will be held at the Mount Anthony Country Club.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, Vermont, 05201. Memorial gifts may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or Southwestern Vermont Medical Center-Oncology.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Apr. 27, 2013
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