Rose Marie Rieske

September 27, 1927February 6, 2019

Rose Marie Rieske (nee Palazzolo) went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her beloved husband Harvey on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. She was constantly surrounded by her loving family and dear friends during this transition.

Rose leave behind her daughter, Patty (Chuck) Van Buskirk, grandson Kyle Van Buskirk (Christine), granddaughter Kelly (Bigad) Shaban and 4 great-grandchildren, Reagan, Wyatt, Parker and Finn Van Buskirk.

Rose has been blessed by many special relative and dear friends of which she shared a special bond, especially her sister, Grace Miller, her goddaughter, Linda Rauch, niece, Kim Janeski and nephew Tim Miller as well as her sister, Joan Latila and brother, Eddie Ellerby. Rose also leaves behind her dearest friend and partner-in-crime, Annie Batus who provided love, laughter and friendship for so many years as well as her gambling partner, Yvette Williams.

Rose was born on September 27, 1927 to Matilda and Samuel Palazzolo. In 1947, when she was 19 years old she married her soulmate, Harvey Rieske of which they shared 61 loving years of marriage until his passing in 2007. Rose and Harvey were honest, hard workers and definitely were the “dynamic duo”. They worked 7 days a week while owning their own business “Harv’s Hardware” in Mt. Clemens, MI. In 1972 they moved to Boca Raton and owned the Boca Raton Motel until their retirement in 1979.

Rose and Harvey loved spending time and travels with their family. Cruises and gambling junkets were their favorites. In 1996 they downsized to a condo in Lake Park, FL and enjoyed all the LHTE friends and activities as Rose was an active member of the Social Committee.

Rose always had a beautiful smiled, a loving heart, a great sense of humor and a positive attitude. She was a strong independent and loving women who was always full of life. She also loved to gamble and taught her grandkids and later the great grandkids the fine art of counting by rolling dice.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 11th at 10:30am at Babione-Kraeer Funeral Home 1100 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Interment to follow immediately after at Boca Raton Mausoleum 451 SW 4 Street, Boca Raton, FL 33432. A celebration of her life will take place after the interment at the home of her grandson, Kyle Van Buskirk.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her honor to Trustbridge Hospice Foundation, who were amazing to Rose and her family during this time.


  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, February 11, 2019

Rose Marie Rieske

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Diane & Mickey King

February 9, 2019

Rose will be greatly missed from her smile to her kind words. We are glad we were able to spend time with her in her final days before she went to the Lord and by Harvey’s side once again. Our prayers and hugs are with everyone in the VanBuskirk family. We love you all.

The Sova Family

February 8, 2019

Patty, Chuck, & Family,

We are sending our love and condolences to you on the loss of such a beautiful lady. Your Mom was loved so much, and you can take comfort that she knew it. She is with God now, and will be your guardian angel, watching over your family. We are praying the sorrow soon turns to only happy memories of a life well lived. We love you friends, and are praying for peace in your hearts. ~ xo Sue, Tom,
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