Born September 21, 1942, in Dover, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Eileen Smail Bailey. Rose attended school in New Philadelphia and was a loving homemaker. She especially enjoyed cooking and family gatherings – Christmas was her favorite time of the year. Rose also had a deep affection for animals, owning and caring for many over the course of her life. Some of her favorite pastimes were collecting angels and going fishing with her family.
Rose was a member of St. Paul’s Community Church in Mineral City, as well as the Army-Navy Garrison in Bolivar.
Survivors include her husband, Rodney Prosperi, whom she married on Oct. 10, 2010; two daughters, Deb (James) Sickels and Pat (Jim) Zurfley, both of Mineral City; two sons, David (Sandy) Smith of New Philadelphia, and Mark (Abby) Smith of Valdosta, GA; fourteen grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by a son, Chris Smith; a grandson, David Smith; and a brother, William Bailey.
Family and friends are invited to call at the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory in Dover on Thursday, January 31, 1 – 2 p.m. A funeral will follow at 2, officiated by Pastor Mark Gross. To sign an online guestbook and share a fond memory of Rose, please visit the Obituaries and Flowers link on the funeral home’s website.
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