Rose M. Foss

November 07, 1919 ‒ March 20, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Rose M. Foss, age 97, of Quarry Street, Mount Vernon, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on November 7, 1919 in Mount Vernon, Ohio the daughter of George and Edith (Stricker) Morris. Rose worked as the Clerk of City Council in Norwalk and upon retirement she worked for the food service department of Kenyon College until age 82. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Norwalk where she and her husband were active with the 49ers. Upon moving to Mount Vernon Rose became an active member of the First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and was a former Girl Scout Leader. Rose was an avid reader and she enjoyed knitting caps for the birthing units of hospitals in Norwalk and Mount Vernon. Rose took great pride in her flower and vegetables gardens and she was very knowledgeable on the history of Mount Vernon.

Rose is survived by her daughters; Judy (Tom) Cesa of Norwalk and Jane (Philip) Stewart of Mount Vernon; four grandchildren, Gregory (Mary Rose) Edwards, Jennifer (Dan) Niese, Thaddeus Eckenroad and Amanda (Chuck Boike) Eckenroad; four great grandchildren, Kaily VanVlerah, Taylor Niese, Riley Edwards and Brendan Edwards; a sister, Georgeann (Bob) Farinacci Alexander and special friend, Jessie Hanna.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle R. Foss; two great grandsons, Moey VanVlerah and Tyler Niese; a brother, Rex Morris and a sister, Mary Lou Wininger.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon, 303 S. Edgewood Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. Bill Barton will be officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions in Rose’s name can be made to the First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon.

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  • Jane – What a wonderful tribute and life story of your mother! What a blessing it was to have had her with you for so many years! Will be praying for you and your family.

  • We were blessed at First Baptist to have Rose worship with us. A faithful attender who always hoped to one day drive herself to church on Sundays. A couple of years ago, our choir went Christmas caroling to Rose’s home. She said it was the first time she had a group sing carols to her at her home. We are glad she was a part of our lives. We will miss her.

  • Sending my love to you all.
    Nonny was such a wonderful lady and I’m so happy I was able to know such a great lady!!
    Hoping you are all able to find peace during this difficult time.

  • We had a wonderful visit with Aunt Rose at her home in October, 2016. She loved treats, and we had purchased her some cookies from Cheryl’s cookies. Her eyes lit up and she was so happy to have received them. She offered to share as is her nature, but we told her to enjoy them all for herself.

    I will always remember her wonderful crock pot full of homemade noodles at every family get together and how there never seemed to be enough of them. She always made cooking seem so effortless.

    Another wonderful memory are summers spent with her in Norwalk. We were always doing something fun from attending yard sales to gardening or going to the Norwalk Country Club for dinner.

    Fond memories abound of the frequent trips she and her sister , Mary Lou ,would take to Glass Gardens Greenhouse in the summer for plants. They kept the road hot making frequent trips for their flowers!!

    The last time I spoke to my aunt Rose was two weeks prior to her passing. I will forever cherish her last words to me as we ended our chat ; “I love you Kathy”!

    Rest in eternal peace and we hope that every hour in heaven is Happy Hour.

    We love you!

    Kathy and Mike

  • Will miss seeing her sitting in front of myself and my service dog Duke. She loved talking and loving on the dog. We had great talks before church started. I will miss her smile and joy of life. She was so wanting to get back in her car and drive again.

    Cathy Carter and Duke

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I know your family is close and will lean on one another for support during this sad time. I pray along with the tears, there will be many smiles remembering all the wonderful things about your mother. I never met her, but feel like I sort of know her through your stories. She must have been wonderful. She has imparted so much to your and your families and you will always feel her in your heart. Peace and love to your and all your families. I will be praying for comfort and remembering all of you in the coming days.

  • Jane, Judy, and families –

    Sending you my deepest sympathies on the loss of your mom. She lived such a wonderful life and left you many wonderful memories. You were blessed to have her, and I’m sure she was a blessing to those who knew her. I will be remembering you and yours in my thoughts and prayers.


  • “……..may the parting be temporary and the meeting eternal.”

    *So May It Ever Be*

  • In all my years working for the City Of Norwalk Rose was in my opinion the best Council Clerk we ever had. In addition to being the best at her job she was always cheerful, always patient and was truly a wonderful lady. In reading her obituary I was not surprised to learn of her continued caring for others and love of reading and knowing the history of Mount Vernon. Deepest sympathy to her family. May you find comfort in wonderful memories.

  • We will truly miss seeing Rose working in her yard, planting her beautiful flower beds, feeding all the neighborhood cats, yelling for her cat princess, spending time drinking tea and reading in her gazebo, my many hugs from her, her always color coordinated outfits, and her beautiful smile. She is such a sweet lady always feeling sorry for everyone with busy lives. She would sigh and say “you are so busy how do you do it”. She loved gardening and enjoying nature. Everytime a black walnut hits me on the head or while raking them endlessly i will smile and will be thankful i knew Rose.

  • Judy, please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your mother. A mother’s loss is felt deeply in our hearts especially by a daughter. I pray that she is enjoying her heavenly reward with God. May you and your family support each other during this difficult time. (Smiley)

  • We will miss dear sweet Rose. We sat in front of her every Sunday and enjoyed greeting her and keeping up with what was going on with her. She certainly was a precious Christian friend and we are better for having known her. She was named so appropriately-Rose. Sweetness seemed to come naturally to her.