March 3, 2013
Fern Rose passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb, 16, 2013, with her granddaughter, Christine Bonacci, M,D. and friend, Jenn Seelhoff by her side. She was 97.
Viewing begins at 12:30 p.m. with burial services at 2 .p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City.
Fern dedicated her professional life to education, and after graduation from the University of Pacific at 19, she completed her master’s degrees from UC Berkeley and Chico State. She began her career as an elementary school teacher, and then taught elementary education as a faculty member at Chico State.
When she was later employed at UC Berkeley, she developed innovative programs in science, reading, and cross cultural education. Over several summers in Hilo, Hawaii, she directed a federal program to teach reading and writing to those who could do neither.
From 1972 to 1977, she served on the faculty at St. Mary’s College in Moraga teaching reading, language development, and the meeting of individual differences.
After retiring from teaching, Rose became a history docent at the Oakland Museum, a position she held for 17 years.
In her personal life, Fern was married to George De Soto and had a daughter, Susan. Widowed in 1970, she then married Ovid Rose in 1972. Ovid had three children: Rod, Abby, and Victor.
Fern and Ovid spent 30 wonderful years together traveling, making new friends, and watching their family grow and thrive. Widowed again in 2002, Fern then moved to Auburn where she has been a resident of Siena Care. Fern’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Siena Care who became her extended family over the last 11 years.
She leaves behind many who loved her including grandchildren, Christine Bonacci, M,D., Dominic Bonacci, and James Bonacci and wife, Jane.
She is preceded in death by her husbands, George De Soto and Ovid Rose, and her daughter, Susan Bonacci.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Susan G. Komen Foundation, http://www.komenoc.org.