11/20/1923 - 11/22/2012 Passed away in Santa Rosa, CA at the age of 89. A native of Detroit, Rose was an accomplished pianist. She met the love of her life, Gene Smithson while studying music at Wayne State University. Rose was a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. She and Gene married in 1944 before his deployment to Europe in WWII. During the next 64 years together they pursued careers and were devoted to raising their four children. Rose helped institute Gerber Baby Foods first business and research libraries in Fremont, Mich. She later worked for the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Library, and retired in 1984 after 11 years with the Fresno State University Library in California. Throughout their lives Rose and Gene pursued their interests in music and crafts of all types and gave their children every opportunity to do the same. They also devoted time and their musical talents to their church. Rose took up painting in her retirement, filling her family's homes with delightful artwork. Rose is predeceased by her husband Gene Edwin Smithson (passed away at age 85 on 9/8/2008), son Gregory Jay Smithson (passed away at age 62 on 2/4/2012), parents Alice and John Kloian and sister Charlotte Hollis. She is survived by her children: Jeff Smithson, Pat Parker (Ric) and Cindy Moore (Jim); sisters: Stella Menton (Norman), Alyce Day, Ann Glusac, Virginia Goodrich (John); brothers: John Kloian Jr, J. Edward Kloian; grandchildren: Emily Tiso (Justin), Brad Parker, Sam Smithson, Jackie Moore, Colleen Sanchez (Alfredo), Shawn Moore; great-granddaughter, Kinsley Rose Tiso, and many dear nieces and nephews. Our family is especially grateful to Mary and David Garcia and the caregivers at Hardies Lane Wild Rose Care Home for their loving care of our mother during the past four years. Memorial services for Rose and son Gregory will be held December 11 at 11:00 a.m., Santa Rosa Memorial Park, 1900 Franklin Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Music for Life Program, 2120 Arroyo Sierra Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. SANTA ROSA MORTUARY EGGEN AND LANCE CHAPEL, 707-545-3747.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2012