Rosemary Dodge

Rosemary Ann Dodge

Saturday, November 13th, 1943 - Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
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LITCHFIELD – Rosemary A. (Graves) Dodge, passed away at home on December 3, 2020, after a six-year struggle with Primary Progressive Aphasia and Dementia. Her flame has gone out but the warmth of its glow will live on in all that knew her. Rose and her twin brother, Richard, were born to Norman and Kathleen Graves in Brockton, Massachusetts on November 13, 1943.

Rose was a native of Foxborough, MA, and graduated from Foxborough High School. She then received her degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire.

Rose and her ex-husband, Ed, moved to Torrington approximately fifty years ago and then to Litchfield five years later.

Rose had a long working career always serving the public with her winning ways. Her first career was in selling real estate for the Bredice and Dean Agency in Torrington. Later she went to work in customer service for County Stationers which later became The Desk Drawer. Rose’s last career move was where she really found her calling working as a Therapeutic Recreation Director at the Village Crest Center for Health and Rehabilitation in New Milford.

It was shortly after her retirement that she told us she was having trouble finding words. We all were in denial but she persisted and tests were done. Then began her battle. Not once during the next six years did she ever say “why me”? She wanted the facts about what she had and what could or could not be done about it. She faced her future without self-pity and with the help of the amazing staff at Companions and Homemakers, especially Amie and Donna, she found joy in every day. In fact just an hour or less before her last trip to the hospital caused by a swallowing issue she was dancing to the “Oldies” with Amie, her live-in caregiver.

Rose was pre-deceased by her parents and her twin brother, Richard. Left behind to mourn her loss and at the same time cherish her memory are her three children; Bethany Beliveau (David), Mike (Lori), Dr. Jessica (Heather) as well as grandchildren, Kyle and Emily. Also her brothers, Peter (Linda) and Russell, as well as her partner for the last eighteen years, Al Trowbridge.

Because of the pandemic there will be no in-person memorial service. The last thing Rose would want would be anyone to become sick by attending a service in her honor. Because they live out of state Beth and Mike wouldn’t be able to attend.

We are asking all who read this and knew Rose to help the family heal by taking part in a virtual memorial service in Rose’s memory. Please go to the Thurston Rowe Funeral Home website (, click onto the tribute wall and share a memory, a prayer or condolences.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made in Rose’s memory to the Litchfield Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 651, Litchfield, CT 06759.
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Rose entered our extended family in 2002 when she met Al. Our lives became so much richer with her presence. Our mother truly came to love Rose and Rose loved her. Through the years they enjoyed spending time together and sharing things they both cherished: music, cooking, gardening, pets, wildlife and most of all family.

It had become a tradition for Al, Karen and us to take Mom to the musical plays at The Warner Theatre in Torrington. That became even more fun when Rose joined us. All of us humming and singing along with the familiar old tunes. Then going to dinner after to relive the show and plan for the next one we would see!

We along with Al & Rose took Mother on a special trip to Forest Park & Zoo in Springfield, Massachusetts to see the beautiful gardens, animals and duck ponds. It would have been too much walking for Mom so we took turns pushing her in a wheelchair so she could see everything. We don't know who had the most fun that day!

It was Rose to the rescue at Scott & Jen's wedding shower in 2003 at an outdoor pavilion on what turned out to be a cold and rainy day. Rose kept Mom bundled in blankets and got her warm drinks to keep her comfortable and able to enjoy the party.

Mother, who was 88, had just moved in to the nursing home where I (Cyn) had worked for many years as a Therapeutic Recreation Director. In the summer of 2004 our Aunt Evelyn, who was 92 and lived in Old Lyme, came to visit. Rose, Al & we were there to share in the happiness of the two elderly sisters-in-law as they reunited with hugs, kisses and much reminiscing as they walked around the grounds with our help. What a wonderful day but, unfortunately, it was to be their last time together as Aunt Evelyn passed away not long after.

During her visits and time spent with Mother at the nursing home Rose befriended Mother's roommate Elsie. Elsie had few visitors of her own so we always included her during our visits and activities with Mother. After Mothers passing Elsie was lonely and grieving for her roommate. Rose with her innate sense of compassion continued to visit Elsie, lifting her spirits and bringing her laughter and friendship.

Rose always had an unlimited capacity for empathy and compassion, not only for people but for animals as well. For all of our married life we've had cats and there comes a time when they pass away. Our cats have always been part of our family and we have cried & grieved whenever they have passed. Rudy & Phoebe were two of our cats who left us in consecutive years, 2003 and 2004. For each one Rose sent us unexpected sympathy cards and poems expressing her thoughts. No one had ever thought to acknowledge our grief in that way before. It meant the world to us, so much so that we saved everything that Rose sent and we still have them. After Rose passed away we reread her notes and our tears started all over again, not just for our pets but for Rose too.

When Rose found that she needed a new job we were all so proud of her when she announced that she was going back to college to get the credits she needed for a new career as a Therapeutic Recreation Director. I (Cyn) had so many opportunities to observe and be assisted by Rose as she helped mother and many other residents during her frequent visits to the nursing home. There was no question that she had the "right stuff" and would succeed in her new career. She completed all the classes and did her fieldwork with my department as required for her new career.

Rose then found a position at Village Crest Center for Health and Rehabilitation in New Milford. It became more than just a 9-5 job to her. It didn't end when she went home. She was always planning ahead for the next day and beyond. It was more like her life's calling.

One of her passions was involving the residents in helping to put together special dishes and meals to be distributed by the Loaves and Fishes Hospitality House: "Feeding Friends, Serving Neighbors." Rose was making a difference both in helping the community and giving the nursing home residents a happy and proud feeling that they too were making a difference.

Another of Rose's special projects was the "Resident's Store" at her facility. She sought donations of stuffed animals, stationary and toiletries to stock the shelves and donated many items herself. Unfortunately many residents were unable to go out on shopping trips or didn't have much money. Rose and the recreation department planned games where they could win change and that would add up so they could shop at their store. Any item could be had for 25 cents! They shopped and happily returned to their rooms with their new found purchases.

Rose looked forward to the residents annual trip to the New Milford Green for the Memorial Day Parade. It was a lot of hard work as the facility helped get everyone ready and made sure there was enough staff, family and volunteers to get the residents there & back safely. Her hard work was rewarded with their smiles and hearing the residents say what a wonderful time they had had as well as anticipating next year's parade.

Although Rose's work was important she loved sharing in so many of our families events. From weddings to graduations, holiday gatherings, birthday parties and picnics. And what joy celebrating the births of Hannah and Ben! Then joining Al in cheering and encouraging Emily, Ashley, Jack and the little ones at their soccer & baseball games, cheerleading, gymnastics and more. Even an ordinary day spent with them if their parents were away, or just to see them was a memorable event not only for the kids but for "Pop-Pop and Grandma Rose!"

As much as she enjoyed all these times her favorite time of the year was Christmas. She prepared for months as she anticipated the arrival of her children and grandchildren, and knowing her home would be filled with the joy of their laughter and love. Usually after their celebration when her family would leave, Rose still had enough energy to join our family's Christmas at Tracy & Pat's house in Burlington. No matter if it was Christmas or any other family gathering Rose always brought some spectacular dish to add to the meal. Who hasn't had Rose's famous corn pudding? And she was always first at the sink to do the dishes! Then, of course, after any holiday or birthday, we all knew we would receive a heartfelt thank you card from her.

Through the years as she enjoyed being a part of our family we felt as if we knew all of her family as she shared so many stories filled with love and pride. She always spoke of her dad and Peg & Peg's family, her brothers Russell & Peter, sister-in-law Linda and sweet niece Erin. And, with love & concern for her twin Richard. Oh how she agonized being so far away from him during his lengthy illness. We grieved with and for her at his passing.

Rose had such a glow when talking about her children. Such pride for their accomplishments: Mike & Lori's happy marriage and successful business. Emily & Kyle as they grew from being her "grandbabies" to adults. Bethany, finding love with David and making a successful career out of her love and studies of horticulture. Jessie as she worked so hard becoming a successful Doctor of Pathology as well as finding a loving partner in Heather. How Rose treasured all of their visits & phone calls and wanted to do all she could for all of them, including "dog sitting" the Greyhounds and looking after the parrot when Jessie & Heather traveled.

We came to know you well through Rose and we know how hard the past few years have been for you with your mom's progressive illness especially with all of you living so far away. Your phone calls and visiting when you could was so important and helpful for Rose.

Mike & Lori's attempt to give Rose a new home with them so they could care for her was wonderful. It was just not to be. Her home was in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. Her comfort was in the horses down the road at Lee's Stables, in the daffodil fields at Laurel Ridge, going to Bantam Pizza and at her much loved Topsmead. The treasures she had collected over the years, not only for her own enjoyment but as a legacy for you. And even the bear living under her deck was part of her home. And then, of course, the biggest and best part of her being "home" was her beloved Al.

All of Rose's loving family and her loving extended family of "Trowbridges" as well as the multitude of friends Rose made throughout her life will continue to remember and cherish the wonderful woman she was. We are all better people for having known and loved her, and we are thankful & honored for the time we had with her.

Karen Eichner

Posted at 05:08pm

Rose was always such a kind, caring and fun loving person. In the early 1980s she had met my future boyfriend Ben Bereza at a singles club and they remained good friends.
I met her in 1985 and we became good friends too. We went to parties and car club events, and became part of a group of couples enjoying monthly dinners at each others homes.
Rose occasionally dated and had met several nice men through the years but none were her "Mr. Right." We were all so happy for her when she went with a friend to the "New Beginnings" group at The First Congregational Church of Washington, Ct. in 2002 and met Al. They were a perfect couple and he became the "true love" she had been searching for.
In 2014 my Ben got cancer. As time went on he would need much help during his chemo treatments and I spent most of my time with him. Rose wanted to help so on Tuesdays (her day off from work) she would go to Ben's home in Thomaston for the afternoon to help him and to give me a break. They talked and laughed. She made him lunch and when needed she took him to the Cancer Center in Torrington for his 'day after' shot of Neulasta.
This was in January and February and the weather was cold and snowy. One day her car got badly stuck in his driveway. That didn't bother Rose. She said "that's what AAA is for!" No matter the weather or any other commitment she might have, she knew we needed help and never failed to be there.
Eventually Ben had to move to Litchfield Woods for skilled care. Rose continued to visit him every Tuesday and not long after I had to have knee surgery so Rose, Al and other friends helped keep Ben's spirits up and kept me posted on how he was doing also helping me with rides to see him until I could drive again. Rose and Al continued their visits and were there with Ben and me at the end.
Since Ben passed Rose (and Al) have always continued offering support and have encouraged me to keep busy, to get out, be with friends and meet new people. I have done that and enjoyed going to pot luck suppers and the Green Fair with Rose at Al's church.
The last time I saw Rose was at a birthday celebration for her at my home in November. Al and her caregiver Aime brought her and she enjoyed her visit, playing with my two cats. Rose had had increasing difficulty in finding words to express herself but when she saw her chocolate birthday cake she said "Fabulous!" and dug in.
That was Rose. Always loving & caring and putting family & friends first, always with a cheerful smile and seeing and enjoying the good things in life.
I miss you Rose and thank you for being such a wonderful friend.

Gail Cowser

Posted at 09:33pm
I met Rose about 13 or 14 years ago thru New Beginnings Support Group. She was truly a gentle and kind soul, a extraordinary person. It was a blessing to know her. To Rose's children, we miss our moms forever but at the same time, our moms are also with us forever, and in so many ways. As time goes and and you need to find her for whatever reason, look to the night sky and find a star. Talk to your Mom thru the star, It is very possible that she will be able to find you and give you peace.
Healing hugs to all the family.
Gail Cowser

Emily Nepomuceno

Posted at 07:54pm
I don't remember a time without Rose as part of our family. I remember how fashionable she was as she was and as a kid, I loved her bright patterned clothes and her bold jewelry. I will never forget being at her house with Ashely and going through her jewelry box together. She let us try on everything and play dress up. I loved this beautiful 3-chained turquoise necklace so much and it meant so much to me when Rose said that I could keep it and that it had come from her Mother. I have it in Burlington in my jewelry box still and I know it is something I will have forever and share with my daughter someday when I am playing dress-up and telling her about her Great Grandma Rose.

Another special memory I have is silly, but I always think about it when I go to McDonald's. It was so fun when we were younger and PopPop and Rose would bring Jack, Ashley, and I to McDonald's. It was such a treat because were able to play in the jungle gym for what seemed like hours. I remember thinking how cool PopPop and Rose were because mom and dad never let us play in there for very long. I still have the framed picture of Ash, Jack, and I, in one of the plastic tubes that was gifted to me for Christmas or a birthday.

There are so many special times with Rose that I am grateful for. She has always loved and supported me throughout all of my milestones and accomplishments. I already miss Grandma Rose, but I know she will always be watching over me and our family.

Brigitte Michaud

Posted at 12:43pm
Dear Rose!
Now you are free and at peace. A job well done, my true and faithful servant will have been your greeting entering eternity.
How will I remember you? I cannot pick out just the “One Thing”. There is a blanket of memories and love stretching over forty years.
We were so young, on our own, with children still in school, very little money, trying to forge a new life. We were four friends, Rose, Janet, Jenny and Brigitte; a friendship unbroken until death. Jenny left us first and now you, Rose, entered eternity.
We were there for each other, thick or thin. Our children graduated from High School, some from college, left home, battled drugs or alcohol, married, divorced. One of our children met an untimely death. We were there for each other, did it all together, each of us contributing our strength. And you Rose, would always cook a chicken!!
So many summer long weekends at the beach in Watch Hill! We crammed into one room at our little boarding house, snuck in morning coffee, spent afternoons in sand and water and danced the night away at the Ocean House. Rose, you always made sure we all wore plenty of sunscreen!
There were the weddings, some small, some fancy, some near home, some far away, but we went with joy! We celebrated our children’s happiness. We had great social events at our homes. Rose, you always had the grill under the huge tree at the side of your house! That tree always threatened to fall down!
And then we cried together, concerns about our children’s choices, a child’s death, a breakup with someone special …. Or the water heater broke and little money to fix it.
Our boyfriends came and went, some we cried about, others not so much. Rose, you had the amazing ability to remain on friendly terms with almost all of them! You always saw only the best in everyone. You would listen, help, and trust and made sure there was a lovely little snack or a meal!
We became grandparent! Rose, you were one of the first, so in love. You made sure we all got to know Kyle and Emily well!
Life went on. Two of us remarried, Janet. and Jenney’s careers took them to the west coast. Rose, you did amazing work in New Milford with the elderly, cheering them on to enjoy life and creating opportunities to do so.
Many new and wonderful people entered our lives, but we always stayed in touch, held each other’s hand when we had to bury a parent, cheered each other successes. Rose, you were always the cheerleader! Rose, you saw the good in everyone and everything.
You just got a taste of old age, Rose! Our Lord took you home, set you free and gave you peace.
I now have a little smile on my face and tears in my eyes my dear friend. I was blessed to have had you as a friend and I am grateful. I will wear the blanket woven of memories and love as long as I live.
My heartfelt condolences and love to Al, your two beautiful daughters, son and grandchildren.
Until we meet again, dear Rose! Brigitte
Ps and now I will cook a chicken!


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