Anna M. (Ruebeck) Rose

December 14, 1934 - May 17, 2023

Anna M. (Ruebeck) Rose, age 88, of Wilmington, DE, left this world to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.

Born in Claymont, DE on December 14, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Bertha (McCreary) Ruebeck. Anna enjoyed many years of making doll clothes, crocheting, and various crafts that she sold at craft shows throughout her life. She was known as the “Doll Clothes Lady” and always found great pleasure in watching her customers shop in her store located at her home. Anna was a hardworking woman throughout her life, always strong and encouraging to those around her. Her strength will live on through those who knew her. Anna was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Anna was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church of the Atonement and loved singing hymns and telling Bible stories. She enjoyed sharing the word with her children and grandchildren, helping guide them to the truth. Her love of Christ and family was unsurpassed. She will be greatly missed by those left behind.

In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Rose; and sons, Thomas E. Gerres II, Daniel R. Gerres, and Joseph W. Gerres. She is survived by her children, Lawrence Gerres (Beverly), Kathleen M. Gerres, and Wendy A. Andrews (Scott); siblings, Lillian Brady, Marie Spicer, Claire Graham, Nancy Jaffe (Mickey), and Walter Ruebeck II (Donna); and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life luncheon will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at the United Methodist Church of the Atonement, 3519 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family in Head of Christiana Cemetery, 1100 West Church Road, Newark, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anna’s memory to the Spina Bifida Association, 1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 800, Arlington, VA 22209 or online by clicking here.


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11 Condolences for Anna M. (Ruebeck) Rose

  • Dale, You’ve been my friend and sister for 75 years… and I will miss you deeply. XO

  • Sending love to all my back east family.

  • I called her Dale, she was my sister for 83 years. She resented me, she claims I kicked her out of her crib when I was born. “Birth order” is hard on siblings. BUT if I say nice things it’s because she taught me to be nice~ she showed me kind & nice. She was strong and her voice & words were against stupidity, pride, selfishness and hatefulness. So she corrected me a lot under her wings of mentorship. When Dale set her mind on “anything” it better be her way, in her time & satisfaction. Dale taught me all through her life journey how to laugh and be happy! She was my go-to sister for laughing. She will show me today how to laugh 😂 while crying!!

  • Kathleen,Wendy &Larry I am so sorry to read that your precious mom passed away. Ms.Anna was a wonderful sweet lady. She always welcomed the park kids in your home. Fly high with the Angels Ms.Anna.

  • You know Dale by her rice pudding + her fresh tomatoes gravy + bread , butter + Turkey syrup = now sit down at her happy table!!

  • My thoughts and prayers are sent to the whole family. Hugs
    I still put my ceramic tree at Christmas time and my Choir singers! And Elephant mug from when I was little plus many many more memories ! Thanks for being my Aunt Dale!

  • Nothing I say can help the sorrow that the family is feeling. I have admired Dale forever. She was a really special, sweet person. She will surely be missed by many.

  • Anna may you rest in peace. You were a special and kind person. You were in my life due to Ann, Larry and my nieces and nephew. I considered you and the Gerres family my family. Sending much love to the family.

  • I love you MomMom

  • Our thoughts & prayers are with Aunt Dale’s sisters & brother; Aunt Lillian, my mom, Aunt Sun, Nancy & Walter, Aunt Dale’s children, grands & greats. May she forever rest in peace with loved others who have previously passed on; and may all those grieving find comfort from your times spent together knowing Aunt Dale, and be blessed with peace in
    your hearts knowing how much she loved each of you too.

  • You will be missed so much Aunt Dale. Your strength, determination, kindness, love and faith will live on in all of us. I know you are singing hymns in Heaven. Love you!