Rose I. Greenleaf
March 3, 1926 – April 22, 2021
OLD TOWN - Rose Irene (St Louis) Greenleaf passed away in the company of her children at Orono Commons on April 22, 2021. She was born in Old Town, on March 3, 1926, the daughter to Louis and Mary (Beaulieu) St. Louis.
Rose was predeceased by her parents; sisters, Velma Oakes and Eva Knight; brother, Evan St. Louis; brother-in-law, Red Knight and great granddaughter Hunter Graves. Rose is survived by her children; Carol Greenleaf and husband Jim Cook of Dedham, Steve Greenleaf and wife Lynn of Enfield, Brenda Redding and husband James of Milford, and Alan Greenleaf and wife Beverly of Old Town; Grandchildren; Scott Hildreth, Renee Graves, Cindy Dunham, Julie Small, Matt Redding, Jerrett Greenleaf, Jenny Cody, Ben, Chris and Luke Trudell and Tony Greenleaf. Great grandchildren Aaron, Jordan and Emilee Pinkham, Griffin Graves, Meghan and Olivia Small, Madyson and Avery Redding, Amelia Greenleaf, Teddy Hanson, Taylor Knapp, Kaiden Cody, Peyton and Kayleigh Trudell. Great-great-grandchild; Mason Pinkham and three special nephews; Jim, Wayne and John Knight.
Rose was born on French Island in Old Town and lived most of her life there. She raised four children as a single mother and dedicated her life to her family. She was supported by the great community of French Island, as it was in its day, a caring and close knit community. She emphasized the importance of “family”, and her lesson has always kept us close. She treasured family gatherings and was the center of all celebrations. Rose loved her rocking chair and there was never a baby in the family that didn’t get rocked by me’me’ with her singing “Bi-lo Baby”. She loved to read, listen to “In the Mood” by Glen Miller and to go for walks. She particularly enjoyed walking the bike path, and at a hefty pace. A leisurely walk for her would be a workout for most. Her proudest achievement was being a 5th generation Great-Great-Grandmother. Her happiest moments were just sitting back and watching the family gather, all talking and laughing at the same time. Rose will be so missed by our family, but we will always cherish our fondest memories. She was loved by us all, and we will miss her trademark sayings, “and mémé loves you too”, “see you bon by” and “geezum rice!”
A thank you to Orono Commons for their dedication and great care for Rose. A special thank you to Gina for keeping the family connected, particularly during the pandemic, you were our life line and we will be forever grateful and to Isetta, for your tremendous kindness while Rose resided in assisted living.
Private graveside services will be conducted at Forest Hill Cemetery, Old Town.
Memorial contributions may be made to Maine Youth Fish and Game Association PO Box 337 Stillwater, ME 04489.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Rose I. Greenleaf
Rhonda (St. Louis) Detour
April 30, 2021
Sorry for your loss. But you know she is up there with those before her. I can hear dad teasing her.
Rick & Chris St. Louis
April 29, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Greenleaf family. R.I.P. Rose
April 27, 2021
My deepest condolences to Rose's entire family. She treated me with kindness and respect since the first day we met 45 years ago. I will never forget the boat ride we took when she came to visit us in Bermuda. Although she was not the tallest person, she still thought it was better to duck going under a bridge. To many fond memories to list. I am sure God took her in to his arms and he will heal all the sorrows for the people she left behind.
April 24, 2021
To the family of Rose Greenleaf.
Sending. Deep and sincere condolences to you all. Although not an official family members, we were definitely included in many of their get togethers, especially Christmas Eve. At Brendas house. Amazing lady always on the go. How she and Brenda loved their walks ! Loving lady who enjoyed her family as the most important part of her life. We love you Meme and pray for your peace.
Valerie Bloemen and Family❤
Janette & Kenny Redding
April 24, 2021
Only met Rose a few times when on vacation in Maine. What a beautiful & sincere lady. Such a strong woman to raise such a wonderful family. Rose has left a wonderful legacy for her entire family! My thoughts & prayers for each one of you.🙏🏻💚
April 24, 2021
Rose was a remarkable woman and one of the special neighbors who welcomed me to French Island 30 years ago. Keeping all of you in my thoughts during this tender time.