Rose Alice Fleming
Rose Alice Fleming — formerly of Hollidaysburg, PA and a longtime resident of Roanoke Rapids — was born on November 18, 1939 to William John Emmer and Bertha Mae Emmer of California, Pennsylvania. Surrounded by her loving family, Rose passed away peacefully Monday, October 17, 2016 at 2:46 p.m.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, George E. Fleming, M.D. She is also survived by her children and their spouses: John E. Fleming, Esq. and Karen of Hollidaysburg, PA; George E. Fleming Jr., M.D. and Lisa of Bedford, PA; Elizabeth A. Jones and Thomas of Severna Park, MD; and Drs. Thomas E. and Anita Collins Fleming of Roanoke Rapids, NC.
Rose was also blessed with 12 grandchildren: Andrew Charles Fleming; Abigail Marie Fleming; Thomas Edward Fleming, Jr.; Ashleigh Claire Fleming; Isabel Champa Fleming; Katherine Rose Jones; Thomas Oliver Jones, Jr.; Alexandra Marie Fleming; George Edward Fleming, III; Ian Michael Reiley; Matthew Greyson Reiley; and Erin Reiley Ward, in addition to five young great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Thomas J. Emmer. D.M.D. and nephew Thomas J. Emmer, Jr., D.M.D.
Devoted to the Roanoke Rapids community, Rose was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for 28 years, where she served in various capacities including Chairman of the Finance Advisory Council; Chairman of the Social Concerns Committee; Co-chair of the International Festival Planning Committee; and Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council. She served as Chairman of the Board of the Halifax Regional Medical Center Foundation for 22 years. She also served as director of the Roanoke Valley Medical Ministries (a free clinic) for 14 years. Rose volunteered her time and efforts to the St. John's Ladies Guild; Church Women United; Good Samaritan Ministry; Halifax Northampton Medical Alliance; Roanoke Valley United Way Fund Drive; and more.
While living in Hollidaysburg, the town Rose always considered her home, she was equally devoted to community efforts. She volunteered time and effort for many organizations including St. Michael's Parish Council, Ladies Guild, and Choir; Blair County Medical Society and Auxiliary; Hollidaysburg Women's Club; PA Medical Society Auxiliary; Blair County Cancer Society Auxiliary; Altoona Hospital; Blair County Children with Learning Disabilities; Blair County Civic Music Association; Blair County United Way; Blair County Cancer Society; Hollidaysburg Free Public Library; the PA Medical Society Auxiliary; and more.
Rose was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend — cherished by family and friends alike. She was warm, genuine, and thoughtful, always up for conversation and sharing in special times with her large family and circle of friends. She was great company, a talented cook, and an enthusiastic Steelers fan. She had a natural way of making people feel comfortable, welcome, and loved. She will be sincerely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.
A funeral Mass will be held Friday October 21, 2016 at St John the Baptist Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. with Father Wakesa Pius officiating.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5 until 7:30 at which time a Rosary service will be held in the chapel of Askew Funeral and Cremation Services.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask, in honor of Rose that donations be made to the Greg and Cathy Griffith Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 309 Allegheny Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.