Janet “Arlene” Wheeler Rose, age 99, of Edgewater, FL (formally Croton-on-Hudson, NY), passed away peacefully on Wed. July 20, 2022. Born Janet Arlene Rohr on Jan. 27, 1923, to Florence E. Wheeler and Charles A. Rohr of Ossining, NY. She graduated from Drew Seminary for Young Women in Carmel, New York on June 9, 1941, and went on to marry Robert Stephen Rose (Bob) on May 29, 1942. Together they had 5 children, Florence, Roberta, Robert Jr., Elissa and John, and settled in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. They built a home, planted roots, and raised their family there. In retirement, she and Bob decided to head south to escape the cold winters of NY and would snowbird between NY and New Smyrna Beach, FL. After her husband passed, Arlene decided to move to Florida full time and settled in a beautiful community on the river in Edgewater, FL. She loved the warm climate, wildlife, and all the beauty Florida had to offer. Anytime someone would visit she would happily want to show them all there was to see: alligators, manatees, Ponce Inlet and the list goes on.
Arlene truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures: playing her organ, crochet/knitting afghans, baking, crafts, writing, reading her daily newspaper and doing crosswords, just to name a few. She loved animals, cats, dogs, horses and even little “Jimmy,” the baby squirrel she hand-reared years ago. Some of her proudest accomplishments were her family, learning to fly a single-engine plane and getting her pilot’s license, and the Gem and Mineral business she and Bob had earlier in life. They really enjoyed traveling to the different shows and meeting different people, bringing their kids or grandkids with them at times to lend a hand. All fine memories. She also loved to reminisce about childhood adventures she and her sister, Midge, had with their mother. She had great admiration for her mother “Nonny” and was a very devoted daughter. Arlene was especially proud of having published a book “Tattle Tales” which was a compilation of short stories that she wrote, some based on imagination and wonder, but mostly based on her own life experiences. Arlene had all the fine details in each story. She put so much time into writing them and was so proud of her work. She would always have a copy of her book on hand to present to someone she met or a friend and would rush to the printer to get more copies when her supply was running low.
Arlene is survived by her daughters Roberta Sutherland and Lisa Rosencrans (Eric), her Son Robert Rose Jr. (Paula), Son-in-law Charles Canero, 12 grandchildren, and many great/great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her mother and father, her husband Robert S. Rose Sr., a daughter Florence M. Canero and a son John C. Rose.
Her love, sense of humor, and kindness will be missed by all that knew and loved her, but her stories and memories will be cherished forever.
Services will be private.