, Salem, MA

October 23, 2012

Rose K. Phelan

BOXFORD — Mrs. Rose K. Phelan passed away October 22, 2012, at home after a long fight with Alzheimer’s and a short battle with cancer.

Rose was born and grew up in Rensselaer, NY. In high school she was an all-around good athlete and a wicked good hoop player. She dreamed of becoming a physical education teacher, but the great depression took that option away. Instead she went to work for G.A.F. Corporation, where she met the love of her life, Albert B. Phelan (predeceased). They wed after World War II and had 4 children. Albert Daniel Phelan (predeceased), Michael James Phelan of Boxford, M. Patrick Phelan of Rye, NH, and Eve Phelan Roblee of Schroon Lake, NY.

In the mid 1950’s Rose and Al built their own small summer cottage on the Schroon River in the heart of New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Every summer the station wagon was packed up with the kids, cats, collie dogs and tools, they’d go off to the cabin for a summer filled with hiking, swimming, waterskiing and carpentry projects. Nights were spent playing Pinochole, hearts, canasta and go-fish, with late night swims and capturing lightning bugs only to be set free in the cabin. Trips to the local dump to see bears was always an adventure.

The family moved to Boxford in 1960, but could never part with their cabin in the Adirondacks. Rose never missed a summer at her cabin on the river. She was there just this past August.

Rose and Al were the best parents in the world! Both were great athletes so they filled their children’s lives by teaching them to enjoy all sports as well as the love for the great outdoors. All four kids were spoiled with their parents love and affection. Life was always fun at the Phelan’s home. It was the place where all the neighborhood kids came to play, eat, build things and even sleep over. Rose loved to knit, quilt, bake and even braid rugs. There was always a project on going.

Rose now joins Al, Danny, all her sisters and brother.

In addition to her remaining children, Rose is survived by 4 granddaughters: Bethea Alden Phelan of Kingston, NH, Samantha E. Roblee of Worcester, MA, Kimberly E. Roblee of Ticonderoga, NY, Meghan Roblee Hammond of Adirondack, NY, and 4 great-grandchildren as well as 5 nephews and their families.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to her calling hours in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Rte. 62), Danvers, on Thursday, Oct. 25th, from 4 to 7 P.M. Her graveside ceremony will be held at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, West Boxford, Friday, Oct. 26th, at 11 A.M.. Please come and share a happy memory. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Rose’s memory to the Salvation Army, North Shore Corps, 93 North St., Salem, MA 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit