Rose Mary (Stark) Conroy

Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | February 29, 2024

Rose Mary (Stark) Conroy, 85, of White Oak, passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2024. She was born on November 20, 1938, in Braddock and was the daughter of the late Edwin and Ida (Twadell) Stark. She was the loving wife of Joseph F. Conroy of White Oak.

Rose was retired from the Accounting Dept. of Johnston the Florist in North Huntingdon, a fitting job for someone with a flower name. She was a voracious reader, preferring large print, and couldn't wait each year for the newest Janet Evanovich book. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing bingo with her friends at Redstone, and watching and feeding birds. She greatly enjoyed all kinds of flowers EXCEPT lilies, we all knew better than to buy her those! Mum had a fun sense of humor. When asked if she was a veteran, she simply replied, "Well, yes. I had five kids." She made wonderful stuffed cabbage, was terrific at word searches, and would always lend an ear if you were feeling down.

Her favorite song was "Welcome To My World" by Eddy Arnold, and we'd often hear her singing, " Welcome to my world, won't you come on in. Miracles I guess, still happen now and then. Step into my heart, leave your cares behind. Welcome to my world, built with you in mind. Knock and then the door shall be opened, seek and you will find. Ask and you'll be given, the key to this heart of mine. I'll be waiting there, with my arms unfurled. Waiting just for you, welcome to my world."

She'll be sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her and missed even more by those who were fortunate enough to love her and be loved by her.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Joseph M. "Mick" (Jodi) Conroy, of Adamsburg, Patricia (Frank) Smarra of North Huntingdon, Thomas (Tammy) Conroy of North Huntingdon, Barbara (Craig) McKee of Monessen and Kelly Conroy of Jeannette; grandchildren Michael (Bethany) McClain of Ohio, Melissa Cherock of North Huntingdon, Daniel (Rebecca) Flynn of Australia, Timothy Flynn of Philadelphia, Kevin Rogers of Greensburg, Calvin (fiancé, Ashley) Conroy of North Huntingdon and Hannah (Tyler) Campbell of North Versailles; great-grandchildren, Taylor ( US Air Force) and husband Mitchell of Oklahoma, Abigail and Grant of Ohio and Aurora of Australia; brother, Joseph (JoAnn) Stark of North Huntingdon; numerous nieces and nephews; and treasured friend at Redstone, Joyce Pickens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Nancy Traux; and brothers, Edwin Stark and William Stark.

Friends are welcome Monday, March 4, 2024, from 10 am to 12 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak. (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, director. Service will be held in the funeral home chapel following visitation at Noon. Interment will follow at Saint Joseph Cemetery in Duquesne. The family wishes to thank the staff at Redstone Highlands/Greensburg for their care of Rose. The family asks donations be made to the Redstone Highlands Benevolent Care Fund.

"Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don't remember me at all." - Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Originally published February 29, 2024.

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