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Obituary - RoseMary Alice Peaslee

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 4/17/24 | 4/17/24

RoseMary Alice (Van Aken) Peaslee, 81, went into the welcoming arms of Jesus on April 1, 2024 from

Lakewood, New Jersey. She was a woman of strong faith and her mission in life was sharing the Good News of God’s love.

RoseMary was born on the family farm in Gilboa, New York to Frederick and Elizabeth (Bartsch) Van Aken on April 2, 1942, the youngest daughter and seventh of eight children. During her high school years, RoseMary worked at The Thompson House resort in Windham, New York. She graduated from Gilboa Central School, Class of 1960 and was voted prom queen at the Senior Prom. RoseMary went on to attend Albany Business College in Albany, New York. After graduation, she was employed in Albany by the State of New York in the Forestry Department where she met her future husband. One day in 1962, Alan came into her office looking for a job and the interviewer wasn’t available, so RoseMary invited Alan for a cup of coffee … and the rest is history!

RoseMary and Alan Robert Peaslee were married on October 12, 1963 in the United Methodist Church in Windham, New York. She was a beautiful bride and wore her sister’s wedding dress. RoseMary and Alan made their first home in Mount Alto, Pennsylvania then later moving to Centre Hall and working at State College, Pennsylvania. In 1967, they moved to Lakin, West Virginia and ran the Clements State Tree Nursery, the most modern nursery on the east coast, where Alan was the superintendent. In 1988, they moved to Jackson, New Jersey and worked at the New Jersey Forest Tree Nursery, where RoseMary also worked in the office at the nursery with Alan as superintendent. They lived there until retiring to ‘Camp Renew’ the nickname for their house in Lake Luzerne, New York in 2005, returning to Jackson, New Jersey for the milder winters.

RoseMary had two great passions: Her faith in God and her family. She spent her life involved in church activities from teaching Sunday school to participating with the worship dance group, Dancing for Him at Church of the Nations, her church family in Lake Luzerne, New York. Everywhere she went she connected with people and shared her love of Jesus. She was a devoted wife and mother to their three children, and was also the favorite aunt of her numerous nieces and nephews. No family event was ever too far for her to travel to, such as arranging last minute flights to attend the wedding of her grand-nephew in Ohio and her sister’s 90th birthday last year in upstate New York. She traveled to the Shriner’s Hospital in Chicago when her dear niece, Virginia was having surgery and accompanied another favorite niece, Emily on her college interview in Nashville. She surely has kept the US Post Office in business with the volume of cards and letters she has sent, always sharing love and blessings with the recipients.

RoseMary and Alan renewed their wedding vows in 2013 on the exact date of their 50th Wedding Anniversary at the United Methodist Church in Windham with several of the original wedding guests in attendance.

RoseMary is survived by her children, Kindy Rose, William Thomas and Andrew Robert (Jill), her sister Eleanor (Van Aken) Thompson, and three generations of adoring nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Alan, her parents, brothers Arthur, Frederick Jr., Russell and Douglas, and sisters Elizabeth and Freda.

A celebration of life service will be held on April 19, 2024 at 2:30pm located at Hope Cathedral, 46 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson, NJ 08527. Please wear spring colors to help us celebrate Rose’s April birthday month! Flower arrangements are being handled by Tali’s Global Flowers, Lakewood, NJ 732-366-9288…. A donation can also be given to Village of Hope, a favorite ministry supported by RoseMary and currently led by her retired pastor Derek and Mary Jane Bevins. She will be missed by all of us who loved her very much!

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