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Rose H. Bridges

July 15, 1929 May 7, 2022
Rose H. Bridges
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Rose H. Bridges slipped off to join her loved ones peacefully in her sleep Saturday, May 7 at home. She was born in Goucher Community, SC, July 15, 1929 to John Harrison Henderson and Minnie Jane (Gibbs) Henderson. Known as Mom, Nana, Big Ma, Nana Rose, Mama Rose and Tother, her given name was Jenny Rose but was called Rose by her parents and everyone else. Rose was delivered at home by an older sister Ocie Mathis.

Graduating from Cowpens High School in May of 1946, Rose eloped with Talmadge Bridges July 8th and was happily married for 48 years. Rose is predeceased by her husband, Talmadge S. Bridges, daughter Janice V. Koch and son-in-law Frank Ventresca. Rose was the last surviving member of her family, predeceased by Irene Miller, Ocie Mathis, Horace Henderson, Fletcher Henderson, Ruth Ellen Henderson, Ray Henderson, Pearl McIntyre, Virginia Harmon, Nellie Horne, Gene Henderson, nieces and nephews.

After moving to Catasauqua, PA, Rose worked for Western Electric/Bell Laboratories, retiring after 20 years. Rose was Southern Baptist and a former member of Bethlehem Baptist and Allentown Baptist Churches. An excellent seamstress, Rose made clothes for her family for years. Her cooking was beyond compare and no one ever left her home hungry. If you were lucky, you took a sweet potato pie home. Rose and Tal missed their country music and wound up forming The Carolina Ramblers, playing their guitars and singing for years with their Southern friends.

Rose was active as a Lifetime Member of the American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor, her husband’s WWII POW Group and for 20 years they traveled several times a year all over the country to his POW conventions. Her trip of a lifetime came in December 2016 as part of the POW/Friendship Program when she was invited to Japan for two weeks as a guest of the Japanese Government.

She is survived by her daughters Deborah J. Bridges and Mona Denise Woodring (David), Son-in-law Lee P. Koch, Sr. Grandchildren Lee P. Koch, Jr., Christina J. Monahan and Christopher P. Garner, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and her beloved nieces, nephews and friends. Mom would love for you to feed someone, she fed people all her life, maybe a food bank of your choosing. She loved the color red, wear it in her honor please. I wonder if Dad’s built enough closets for Mom’s treasures. This tribute was written with love from Chrissy and Mona.

A visitation will be held from 1-2 PM on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Brubaker Funeral Home, Inc., 234 Walnut St., Catasauqua, PA 18032. A memorial service, officiated by The Rev. Clarence Clark, will follow at 2 PM at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brubakerfuneralhome.com.

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Visitation

Saturday

10

Sep

1:00 PM 9/10/2022 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 9/10/2022 2:00:00 PM
Brubaker Funeral Home, Inc. - Catasauqua

234 Walnut Street
Catasauqua, PA 18032

Brubaker Funeral Home, Inc. - Catasauqua
234 Walnut Street Catasauqua 18032 PA
United States

Service

Saturday

10

Sep

2:00 PM 9/10/2022 2:00:00 PM
Brubaker Funeral Home, Inc. - Catasauqua

234 Walnut Street
Catasauqua, PA 18032

Brubaker Funeral Home, Inc. - Catasauqua
234 Walnut Street Catasauqua 18032 PA
United States
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