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Rose Marie (Ver Sluis) Miller

March 25, 1927 ~ January 23, 2018 (age 90)

Rose Marie Miller, 90, died January 23, 2018 of natural causes at Kingston Residence of Sylvania.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on January 29, 2018 at Reeb Funeral Home in Sylvania, OH. Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 9:00 pm on January 28, 2018 at Reeb Funeral Home. She will be interred at Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania.

Rose was born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 25, 1927. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1945.

In the fall of 1951, Rose went on a church outing to a dance at Fort Custer, near Kalamazoo. There she met Sgt. Glenn Miller, where they charmed each other with their senses of humor- Rose’s quick and quiet to Glenn’s brash and mischievous. They married on January 12, 1952, thus beginning her life as a military wife, and soon after, a mother. For the next seventeen years the couple crisscrossed the country and globe with their three children Glenn Jr., David, and Karen, with the kid’s miscellaneous dogs, cats, and fish in tow. After life in Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Germany, Arizona and New Jersey, Glenn retired from the Army after 21 years of service and the family returned to his hometown of Toledo. In “retirement,” the couple owned and operated the Union 76 service station at the corner of Main St. and Convent Blvd. in Sylvania, where they worked alongside their children and turned their customers into friends.

Rose enjoyed traveling and spending time with her friends and family. She went on an annual road trip and innumerable day outings with her daughter and granddaughters, Katie and Jenny. Rose loved baseball and was a lifelong fan of the Detroit Tigers and a season-ticket holder to the Toledo Mud Hens. Rose was an avid bowler, gardener, reader, and baker, making dozens of Christmas cookies every year to give to friends and neighbors. Rose was a long-time community volunteer, sharing her love of teaching through tutoring grade-school children and her involvement with the Girl Scouts. She was also active in her neighborhood events and Block Watch.

Rose was smart, caring, thoughtful, kind, hard-working, and thoroughly good-hearted. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, and will be greatly missed. Rose is survived by her son, Glenn (Patricia) Miller of Conifer, CO; son, David (Dorinda) Miller of Ypsilanti, MI; daughter Karen Miller of Sylvania, OH; the lights of her life, granddaughters Katherine Miller of Chicago, IL and Jennifer (Andrew) Roth of Dubuque, IA; brother, John Ver Sluis of Kalamazoo and many loving nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors.

Rose is preceded in death by her husband Glenn, parents Marinus and Mary (Shrote) Ver Sluis; brothers Homer Ver Sluis, Marinus Ver Sluis and Richard Ver Sluis.

In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial donation to Planned Pethood, Inc., PO Box 350908, Toledo, OH 43635 or Read for Literacy, 325 N. Michigan St., Toledo, OH 43604.

Rose’s family would like to express their gratitude to the Catered Living crew at Kingston Residence of Sylvania. We thank them especially for their loving care and compassion. We also thank Ohio Living Hospice for their invaluable help in ensuring a dignified and peaceful passing.

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