Rose M. (Sheehan) Moniz, age 85, of Beverly, MA died peacefully on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, surrounded by her family. Rose was a woman deeply devoted to her faith, family and community. Born on November 11, 1932 in Salem MA, the daughter of the late John D. and Rose M. (Pelchat) Sheehan, she is survived by her sons Daniel J. Moniz of Hamilton, MA and his wife Susan, David P. Moniz of Topsfield, MA and his wife Karen, grandchildren Ray (Kellyann) Moniz of Huntington, NY, Sarah (Moniz) Steffens of Atlanta, GA and her husband Michael, Sherilyn Moniz of Chicago, IL, Timothy Moniz of Danvers, MA and his wife Becca, many cousins and lifelong friends. She is pre-deceased by her son Raymond Moniz of Beverly.
Rose graduated in 1951 from Holten High School, Danvers, MA. Growing up in Danversport, Rose treasured her friendships and loved getting people together by organizing reunions for both Holten High and the Port.
She worked the soda counter at the “dime store,” was payroll clerk at Winston Shoe, sold Stanley Home Products, wrote the Ryal Side column for the Salem Evening News and was employed as a dispatcher for the Beverly Council on Aging until her retirement in 1990. Known for her ability to remember names and dates, Rose served as historian at the Herman A. Spear Post 331, American Legion, Beverly. Rose was an avid reader, waiting eagerly for the monthly Bookmobile visits.
Rose was a long-time, active communicant of St. Alphonsus, Danvers, later attending St. John the Evangelist, Beverly. She conducted support groups for the widowed and divorced, held weekly prayer meetings, organized monthly ecumenical services at Turtle Woods, Beverly and was a compassionate “prayer warrior” on behalf of anyone in need. Rose epitomized the spirit of volunteerism and allegiance. She inspired others to become active in their community. Rose was a faithful member and volunteer of the Ryal Side Civic Association, Turtle Woods Apartments, Care Dimensions, the Beverly Council on Aging, the Good Friday Walk and countless others. She was quick to smile, sought the good in others, and never withheld her gratitude. Rose led a meaningful life of service and aspired to “leave the world a bit better.”
Her family expresses heartfelt thanks to the staff of Turtle Woods Apartments, Element Care, Beverly and the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan St. Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.
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