The campus community mourns the passing of Marion Rose, who died on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Marion retired from Human Resources (formerly Personnel Services) in 1982 after 19 years of service to the University.
Marion’s daughter, Judy Mickanis, also retired from Bucknell, and her granddaughter, Jennifer Wagner, currently works in Events Management.
Included below is the complete text of the obituary, as provided by the family. You are encouraged to visit our In Memoriam Site at bucknell.edu/InMemoriam and share personal notes of sympathy and remembrance with others.
On behalf of our entire University community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Marion’s family, as well as to all who knew her at Bucknell.
John C. Bravman
Marion Ranck Rose, 103, of RiverWoods Memory Care, died Tuesday, Dec. 29,2020.
She was born Aug. 19,1917, in Reading, a daughter of Dayton L. and Irene (Snyder) Ranck. Marion married Harry V. Rose in 1946 and was married 49 years until his death in 1994.
Marion moved to Lewisburg with her family in 1924, graduated from Lewisburg High School in 1934 and from Bucknell University in 1938. Prior to marriage, she was employed at the Lewisburg National Bank. In 1962, she was employed by Bucknell University, and later became the first personnel officer of the university. She retired in 1982, and was honored with the Geiger Award for administrative excellence and outstanding contributions that same year.
Marion was an active member of First Baptist Church of Lewisburg, having taught Sunday School for 30 years and served on various boards, including Financial Secretary. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club and had served on the active Chapter Advisory Board. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club and several personnel organizations. She participated in volunteer efforts in the community, including the Union County Food Distribution program as one of the original volunteers. She had been a member of the “Knitters Group” at Christ’s Lutheran Church knitting “prayer shawls.” She appreciated the opportunity to give back to the community when she was able and was an example of a person who selflessly served a cause greater than themselves.
Marion had a deep love for her family, her faith to guide her, and appreciation for flowers, birds and music. She is especially grateful to Dr. Michael Brown and office, Dr. David Robinson and staff and Deb Drasher-Dock for their care in later years. The family is particularly grateful for the RiverWoods staff for their amazing love and dedication, including the cooks for her daily grilled cheese sandwich.
Upon her death, she relinquished the titles proudly held of oldest member of her beloved First Baptist Church and oldest living Lewisburg alum.
She’s preceded in death by husband, Harry Vernon Rose; brother, Lee S. Ranck; sister, Doris R. Wilson; and cherished son, Richard A. Rose.
Surviving are her remaining children, Lawrence S. Rose and his wife Barbara, and Judith L. Mickanis, both of Lewisburg, Maryann Calpin and her husband Pat, of East Stroudsburg, and Ric’s wife, Isa Garcia-Rose, of Gainesville, Florida; six grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren; and a sister, Charlotte R. Liggett, of Lewisburg, with many nieces and nephews. All celebrate a remarkable life.
There will be no public service. But as in the Mourner’s Kadd, “when all that’s left of me is love, give me away.”
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church, 51 S. Third St., Lewisburg, PA 17837.
Funeral arrangements are by Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg.
Leave your condolences online at www.rouppfuneralhome. com.