Rose Stanis

rose stanis
April 6, 2025 - March 23, 2023

Rose Stanis passed quietly and peacefully with her family gathered. She was an identical twin who was born in Manhattan, NY. This pleasant lady in a wheelchair; however was once a dynamo. “Rosie the Riveter.” A strong, hard driving New Yorker. Rose’s mom, Caroline, set the example. Caroline, widowed at a young age, was a single mom who raised Rose from three on with her two sisters while running a family coal and ice delivery company.

“Rosie the Riveter” started her hard driving in High School running and being elected her senior class VP.

Rose dated her future husband Thomas Stanis, who served in the Pacific through World War II. He was a petty officer second class assigned to a gun crew. They married shortly after the war and moved for Tom’s new job to Haverhill, Massachusetts. Two children would follow, George and Caroline.

Through her twenties she was an expert roller skater who could do tricks, turns, even tap dance on skates. A homemaker with all the skills of the day . . . cooking, baking (Yummy cookies), sewing (clothes for Caroline and her dolls), knitting, vegetable gardening, canning. (She had two twenty foot shelves of everything from pickles to jams to tomato juice to string beans), and a long forgotten skill - sock darning.

Rose was a pillar of her church being the president of the women’s auxiliary, the altar guild and St. Margaret’s Guild simultaneously while also singing in the choir. She worked all the rummage sales and made cookies for the bake sales. In her “spare” time she was a girl scout leader. Rose loved teaching crafts and her skills and creativity were passed to both of her children and her grandchildren.

Once Rosie was an empty-nester she went to work out of the home. Working first in jewelry retailing then furniture. She started as a credit clerk and retired as the furniture store’s manager. We were proud of her achievement. After retirement she moved to Virginia in 1982. Staying active in the church Rose volunteered to work at their thrift store, twice serving as its president. With the death of her husband and a decline in health she moved to active seniors community - Arbor Terrace (2008). There, she strived again. She went on all the trips from local school plays and pageants to shopping trips and casino runs. She was so active all she had to do to sign up was put down Rosie . . . usually the first name on the sheet.

Slowed by age and a stroke at 91, in 2017, she could no longer live alone and she moved to the Johnson Center. Through her first 4 1/2 years she remand active, participates and enjoying all the activities.

We Thank the Johnson’s Center at Flacon’s Landing in Sterling VA for providing Excellent, Loving Care for her final years.

Rose built no bridges nor stopped any wars; however the world is better for her.

She will be missed by her two children, their spouses, four grandchildren, their spouses and 4 great grandchildren.

God, You have a dynamo on the way!

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  1. I remember meeting Tom and Rose at Holy Comforter Church and Pennywise Thrift Shop when we moved to Vienna in 2000. They were both wonderful warm people who welcomed us wholeheartedly.

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