Rose Vera Kaeppel died peacefully at home on June 19, 2020. Born to John C. Ilg and Elizabeth M. Dietrich Ilg on October 28, 1922, Rose Vera grew up in Elizabeth, NJ. She was married for nearly 59 years to Robert H. Kaeppel, who predeceased her, and resided in Mountainside since 1972.
Rose Vera graduated from Saint Genevieve’s grammar school and St. Mary of the Assumption High School and belonged to St. Mary’s Alumnae Association. She graduated from the Delehanty Secretarial School in Newark and was bookkeeper at Ilg’s Men’s Shop of Elizabeth from when she was 14 years old until the store closed in 1979.
During World War II, Rose Vera served with the Red Cross as a nurse’s aide. Given her training, she was called on to respond as a volunteer in the aftermath of the disastrous Woodbridge train derailment in 1951 and also following three tragic plane crashes that occurred in Elizabeth within several months of each other in the early 1950s.
Together with her husband Rose Vera owned and operated Fricke Furniture on Elizabeth Avenue in Elizabeth until they retired in 1987. During retirement, the couple traveled extensively, circumnavigating the globe numerous times and visiting six continents. When in the States, they divided their time between Mountainside and their beloved Cape Cod.
Rose Vera was a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Mountainside, where she was a member of the Rosary Society and an Adorer at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel since its beginning. Throughout her life, Rose Vera was an avid reader, knitter and lover of cats, and she leaves behind her much-loved Siamese cats, Tiki and KoKo. She was also a former member of the Watchung Amateur Ski Club.
Rose Vera was predeceased by siblings John P. Ilg, Joseph G. Ilg and Rita A. Booth. She is deeply mourned by nieces Rosemary Booth and husband Gerald O’Leary of MA; Jane Booth of NY; Nancy Booth of MD; Maureen Booth and husband Nick Mamich of ME; and nephew Thomas John Booth and wife Denise Szabo of NJ, as well as nephew John Ilg and wife Patty of KY and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
A mass and celebration of her life will be scheduled. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Saint Joseph’s Social Service Center, 118 Division St., Elizabeth NJ 07201-2736; to The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children, P.O. Box 9500, 171 Clifton Ave, Newark, NJ 07104-0500 (https://www.sficnj.org/); or to Doctors without Borders https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/.
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