Joan Mary Rose
Bonita Springs - The Matriarch of our family, Joan Mary Rose, 90, of Bonita Springs, Florida, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 18, 2021. She was born to the late Jerome "Joe" Arthur Adler and Florence Elizabeth Quinn, in Bronx, New York. Joan graduated from Weehawken High School, Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School, and Hunter College in New York City.
Joan is survived by three children, Thomas P. Rose, Jr., Edward W. Rose, and Andrea L. Roark; her grandchildren, Theresa Ann Rose, Gregory S. Roark, Jr., Shelby L. Roark, Angelica Rose, and great grandsons, Cayden Rose, Parker Jarrett, and great granddaughter, Cayleanna Rose McCormick, and many nieces and nephews.
Joan was predeceased by her son, William H. Rose, granddaughter, Elizabeth Rose, grandson, Robert Lee Bryan, and her four siblings, Donald Adler, Jerry Adler, Elizabeth McLaurine, and Andrea Martin.
Joan had a charmed childhood and was blessed to have a very close family. Her Uncle Ed sat on the Board of Directors for the Texaco Company, and often took her to Broadway shows as a young woman, which left a lasting love for the theater. Joan worked at Lever Brothers in New York City, then moved to Florida and started a family. She held many positions throughout the years, working as an estate planning paralegal prior to her retirement. She taught Word Processing through CCPS's Adult Education program at Naples High School in the 1980's, and was the President of Collier County Legal Secretaries organization. Joan had a thirst for knowledge that was unquenchable, was a voracious reader, loved to garden and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She will be missed for her incredible intellect, her fabulous sense of humor, her ladylike demeanor, but most of all her words of wisdom, her warmth, and always welcoming smile.
The family will have a private celebration of life per her wishes. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in support of dementia research.
Published in Naples Daily News from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2021.