Edward Rose

Edward Phillip Rose

Tuesday, September 29th, 1931 - Monday, April 8th, 2019
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Ed was a son of the late Peter A. and Nancy (Torsell) Rose. He was born and lived his entire life in Pleasant Gap. He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Nancy (Beightol) Rose, daughters Tina Wendt (Gregory) of Bellefonte and Lori of Pennsburg, and son Brian (Deborah) of Mechanicsburg. Ed is also survived by grandchildren Brianna and Allena Wendt, Dominic, Dante and Olivia Rose, sister Elizabeth Saussaman, mother-in-law Pauline Beightol, and many beloved nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and extended family.

He was preceded in death by daughter Kimberly Ann, siblings Anthony, Peter Jr., John, Joseph, Mary DeBrasky, Angelo, James, Carmen, Frank, Rosalie, Robert, Lewis, and father-in-law Eugene Beightol.

Ed was a 1950 graduate of Bellefonte High School, and a 1956 graduate of the Philadelphia Institute of Barbering. In the interim, he enlisted and served his country as a PFC in the United States Army. His time with the 1st Cavalry during the Korean War was spent in Japan. After serving his country, he was employed as a Block and Brick Layer by Gene Markle Construction. He began his 60-year career as a barber at Kennedy’s Barber Shop, before becoming owner of Rose’s Barber Shop until his retirement in 2015. His barber shop was not just a place for haircuts, but also the place locals gathered for conversation and friendship.

Ed was a life-long member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Bellefonte. He loved his community and served its residents in a variety of roles. He was a lifetime post member and past commander of Houtz-Meyers-Rose American Legion Post 867, and also a lifetime member of both the Pleasant Gap Fire Company and Bellefonte Elks Club #1094. Ed was a charter member and treasurer of the Pleasant Gap Area Lions Club and served as an officer and long-time coach of the Pleasant Gap Little League.

Friends were very important to Ed and he collected quite a few. He enjoyed spending time with them, whether golfing, hunting, playing poker or in any of his civic club activities. He was a sports enthusiast. In his younger years, he participated on a variety of local baseball, softball and bowling teams. He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins, and the Penn State Wrestling Team. No team was closer to his heart than the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Family was the most important part of his life. He loved attending the activities of his grandchildren and supporting them in their accomplishments. He looked forward to the annual family vacation in Bethany Beach, Delaware. His commitment to both his immediate and extended family knew no bounds. He was loved beyond measure.

There will be a public viewing held on Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 6-8 PM, with a wake service following, at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. at 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 9 AM at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 134 E. Bishop Street, Bellefonte with Father George Jakopac officiating. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery in Bellefonte.

For those wishing to honor his memory, donations can be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, 116 E. Bishop St., Bellefonte, PA 16823 or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 134 E Bishop St., Bellefonte, PA 16823.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wetzler Funeral Services Inc.
    206 North Spring Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
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    Wake service will immediately follow viewing and visitation.
  • Service

    Friday, April 12th, 2019 | 9:00am
    Friday, April 12th, 2019 9:00am
    St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Bellefonte
    134 E. Bishop St
    BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
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    Father George Jakopac
  • Interment

    St. John Catholic Cemetery, Bellefonte
    Bishop Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
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Deb Lucas

Posted at 06:45pm
Nancy and family; Sending along our heartfelt condolences with the passing of Ed. I've known him my entire life and always enjoyed speaking with him. He always had a great story to tell. The Lord be with you and your family at this time. God Bless. Debbie Gardner-Lucas

Janie & Tom Donahey

Posted at 11:07am
There aren't enough kind words to say about Ed or his family. We're going to miss our "porch buddy" now that the weather is nice. We're going to miss him driving by with a smile on his face because he's off on another ride! We loved him and it's going to be a big loss to the neighborhood! Nancy, Tina, Lori and Brian, our heart is also broken and our prayers are with you. Rest in Peace Ed, you will not be forgotten!

Kellie Marco

Posted at 09:38pm
I had the pleasure of making Ed's acquaintance through his son, Brian as we are neighbors. I am lucky to share many memories with his family sitting around a big table eating good food, telling stories and laughing together . I will always remember the devilish twinkle in his eyes with fondness.

Tom Jenkins

Posted at 08:17am
To Brian, Debbie, Dominic and Dante: Gods Blessings to your entire Family from your Brothers at That Man is You.
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Terry Perryman

Posted at 07:10am
Terry always enjoyed being around Ed. Ed helped with the Pleasant Gap Peppers when Terry played and I got to know him then. He would always have a smile on his face. Ed will be greatly missed. Ed was one of the good folk of Pleasant Gap. We will keep Ed's family in our thoughts and prayers. Terry and Sylvia Perryman

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