April 6, 1946 ~ September 5, 2014
Susan Alston Rose
Susan Alston Rose jumped courageously into the arms of God on Friday September 5, 2014. She was born April 6, 1946 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Mary Alice (Cosgrove) 1915-1994 and Richard Alston 1913-1957. After graduating from St. Joseph High school (Ogden, UT) in 1963, Suzie moved to California with her mother and sisters and began attending El Camino Community College. It was there she met her BFF, Frederick James Rose III. They were married in February 1967. When Fred began serving in Vietnam, Suzie got a job at TRW (now Northrup-Grumann) Later she earned a Bachelor's and MBA from Pepperdine University. She retired from Business Management at TRW/Northrup-Grumann in February 2014. In the course of her rise through the ranks, she served as mentor and example to many amazing women now thriving in their own careers. She loved interacting with the engineers and providing the structure for their ideas to become realities.
Suzie was a woman of deep faith. Fred was ordained a permanent Deacon for the Los Angeles Archdiocese and assigned to American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach, CA, under Rev. Monsignor John F. Barry. Suzie loved being a Deacon's wife. She served as a Eucharistic Minister, Parish Wedding Coordinator and in the 9:30 Parish Choir. Along with Deacon Fred she participated in the pre-Cana program and served as treasurer for the church fair fundraiser. Her favorite ministry was the Baptism preparation classes she taught with Deacon Fred. It gave her great joy to hold all those babies and help welcome them formally into God's family.
Suzie passed away encircled by family and friends at Kaiser Hospital in Harbor City after a three month bout with lung cancer and congestive heart failure. Suzie had hundreds of Facebook friends and relatives who prayed for her and offered support throughout her illness. Towards the end of her life she posted two messages on Facebook:
"God gave me the best friends!"
"I am not in control, but I am deeply loved by the One who is."
She was a loving daughter, devoted wife, beloved sister, steadfast friend, splendid aunt, proud Cosgrove cousin and kind Godmother to many grateful souls. Her earthly presence will be deeply missed.
Suzie is survived by her husband, Fred Rose; sisters Mary Alice Stevenson (Walt), Anne Wolf (Roger); Anne Marie Marso; Brother-in-law Michael Rose (Debbie) nieces and nephews Cindy Wolf (Keven McKenney), Clinton Wolf (Dawn), Michael Rose (Valerie), Jason Rose, Brittany Moore (Derrick), James and Dillon Moore and Juliette McKenney.
A Scholarship for American Martyrs School has been established to honor Suzie.
In lieu of flowers her family asks that you consider a donation.
Checks should be written to American Martyrs Church. On the memo line please write: Scholarship honoring Suzie Rose Mail to American Martyrs Catholic Church
624 15th St
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Celebration of Her Life
Thursday, September 18, 2014
American Martyrs Catholic Church
624 15th St, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Cross Streets: Between N Ardmore Ave and Deegan Pl
Neighborhoods: City of Manhattan Beach
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