Rose Marie Jenkins passed away peacefully at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay, OH on April 8, 2019, with family by her side and only one month shy of her 92nd birthday. She was born on May 11, 1927 to parents Cecelia and Leo Quinn (Dayton, OH).
Preceding her in death and greeting our mother with open arms are her loving husband Paul (Pete) Richard Jenkins, devoted son James (Jim) Michael Jenkins, and brother Patrick Quinn and his wife Dottie, and brother William Quinn of Dayton, Ohio.
Rosie is survived by her sister Louise Buchanan (Eufaula, OK); daughters Paula Marie Jenkins (Noblesville, IN), Barbara Beery (David) (Mt. Prospect, IL); Kathy Lee "Scooter" Jenkins (Palm Springs, CA) and daughter-in-law Stacy R. Nungester (Findlay, OH); grandchildren Lauren Beery-Stoffel (Bryan), Andrea Quinn Beery, Chad Alan Nungester and Hailey Rose Jenkins.
Rosie was a remarkable woman who at age 16 worked several jobs after school. Using the city bus, she would get home by 11 p.m. and stay up several hours more to finish homework before getting up at 6 a.m. to start another day. When her father died young, she and her brother worked several jobs to pay for their high school tuition and help with their mother's expenses. The work ethic of Louise, Rose and Pat continue to be inspiring to all their family.
Rosie was graduated from Julianne High School and attended Sinclair College in Dayton, OH, where she studied accounting. She fell in love with Pete Jenkins while attending Ohio State football games, and they were wed on June 16, 1951. After Pete passed away, Rosie started her own tax preparer business, Jenkins Tax Service, and made many new friends as a result. While attending a haunted house one October, one of Rosie's grandchildren became scared when plunged into darkness and cried out, "Grandma Rosie!" Lo-and-behold, one of the actor zombies, who happened to be a tax client of Rose's, shouted, "Rosie? Rosie Jenkins - is that you?!" He then escorted Rosie and her grandchildren out the secret back door. A story they re-tell often - after all, it's not every day that your grandmother is friends with a zombie!
Rosie enjoyed her friends, loved to golf, play Bridge, travel and root for her favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Highlights of her life included a hole-in-one, zip-lining in her mid-80's, gambling in Monte Carlo and cruising the Mediterranean.
Just two weeks ago, Rose was at the Toledo casino with family and won $300. So, she was lucky at life right up until the very end. At mom's request, no service will be held. However, the family will host a celebration of her life later in the year. In memory, consider a donation to Bridge Hospice Care Center, 1900 South Main, Findlay, Ohio 45840, who provided our mother and family with such tender care during this difficult time.
Arrangements are being handled by KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE FUNERAL HOME in Findlay. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.