Troy - Dorcas B. Rose, 84, died at home Wednesday, February 2, 2022, surrounded by family after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. She and her husband of 63 years, Kenneth Rose, have been proud Troy residents for the last 40 years. They met at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where she earned her B.S. and M.S. in chemistry. Born in Champaign, IL, she was the daughter of Homer Baker and Alice Koehler Baker.
Dorcas had a life-long passion for justice and inclusion. Over the decades she worked tirelessly to make sure everyone's voices were heard in community development projects including town meetings, promoting home ownership, community art projects, neighborhood associations and more. Active member of Christ Church United Methodist, the Institute of Cultural Affairs and former Board President of Troy Area United Ministries, Dorcas always looked for opportunities to serve. She traveled widely, enjoyed crafting and time with her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son David (Christine) Rose of Reading, MA, her daughter Alice (Paul Marano) Rose of Troy, NY, and her grandchildren Christopher, Nathan and Madeline Rose. She will also be missed by her siblings Marian Kohlstedt of Berkeley, CA, Audrey (Fred) Warren of Marquette, MI, and David (Karen Fletcher) Baker of Portland, OR.
Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery in a private service. A memorial service will be held on May 14, 2022 at 11:00 am at Christ Church United Methodist, 35 State St, Troy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Troy Area United Ministries (TAUM) or the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York NY 10163
Troy Area United Ministries
392 2nd St, Troy NY 12180