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Rose A. Stemples

Rose A. Stemples, age 76, of Ogdensburg, NY, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at her home under the care of Hospice. Specifically at her request, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg.

Rose is survived by two daughters, Michele Stemples of Lisbon, NY and Patti Jo Powell & her husband, Jack, of East Berlin, PA; four grandchildren, William Stemples, Seth Powell, Stephen Powell, & Benjamin Powell; three sisters, Emma Maher of Rochester, NY, Esther Lynch of Weedsport, NY, and Norma JeanneFrost of Jamesville, NY; two brothers, Harold Frost of Marcellus, NY and Ronald Frost & his companion, Cheryl, of Watertown, NY; and nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, Jesse and Pauline Frost.

Rose was born on July 4, 1943, in Marcellus, NY, the daughter of Jesse and Pauline C. Pople Frost. She graduated from Marcellus High School in 1961 and went on to graduate from The Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Musical Education in 1965. Mrs. Stemples was an instrumental band instructor first at Lisbon Central School from 1965 to 1971, then later teaching and becoming the music department head at Ogdensburg Free Academy and Junior High. She retired from OFA in 1998 and later taught for two years at St Marguerite D’Youville Academy. Rose enjoyed travelling with family, friends, and fellow music lovers from The Crane School of Music, playing Mahjongg and card/board games, badminton, singing, bicycling, plus spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Donations may be made in Rose’s memory to the Wilmot Cancer Institute, 300 E. River Road, Rochester, NY 14627 with a memo indicating support in her name for immunotherapy research or locally made to the Richard E Winter Cancer Center, Ogdensburg, NY for their Treatment Center Cancer Fund.

30 Condolences

  • Debbie and Bob Williams Posted July 19, 2019 7:23 AM

    So sorry for your loss 😇

  • JoAnn Raven Robinson Posted July 19, 2019 9:14 AM

    My condolences to the family of Rose Stemples. I had the pleasure of having Rose as my music teacher during my years at Lisbon Central School. She taught me so much. I had many great opportunities because of her.

  • Shelly Dawley Posted July 19, 2019 9:38 AM

    I’m so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was a wonderful music teacher and I have many great memories of playing under her direction at Lisbon. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  • Mark Crowder Posted July 19, 2019 10:14 AM

    To the family of Mrs. Stemples, I am sorry to hear of your loss. She was one of those people who was a building block in my life. I first met her as a music student at OFA. I had a small amount of talent, but she saw my potential. She helped me to discover what I could do. She was always welcoming, inclusive, helpful, imaginative. She challenged you to be better. In 1974, I had the privilege of going to Rome Italy as a 14 year old with the OFA band under her leadership for the International Band Festival. She had determination, drive and foresight to make that a memorable experience for everyone involved. It was and still is one of the highlights of my life. She was a great person with great accomplishments. I will never forget how she touched my life. She will be missed.

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  • Sara Hutcheson Posted July 19, 2019 10:51 AM

    I am so sorry to learn that Rose has passed. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Rose was a strong woman and truly enjoyed knowing and spending time with her while I lived in Ogdensburg.

  • Melissa Montroy Van Kirk Posted July 19, 2019 11:40 AM

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I enjoyed having her as my music teacher at OFA. I will remember her always.

  • Craig Raymo Posted July 19, 2019 12:00 PM

    I am saddened today to hear the news of Rose’s passing. My condolences go out to her family. Rose was my band teacher and music director for many years at OFA. I have fond memories of performing under her in the winter and spring concerts. She was always welcoming, taught me how to not “honk” on my saxophone and always had the patience to help me be the best I could be. RIP Rose, thank you for your passion for music and for teaching and for instilling that passion for music in me.

  • Deb Dishaw-Smith Posted July 19, 2019 3:11 PM

    She was a wonderful band & music teacher. My thoughts & prayers are with the family.

  • Pam Neal Posted July 19, 2019 5:25 PM

    So sorry for your loss. Rose was a great band teacher. I got to know her when she worked at St. Marguerite’s. Keeping you in my prayers.
    God Bless

  • Jody Upton(Backus) Posted July 19, 2019 8:41 PM

    My condolences to Rose’s family. I remember her from her time at Lisbon Central, and she was a truly dedicated teacher. She will be missed.

  • Sheri Cameron Dafoe Posted July 20, 2019 6:18 AM

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Mrs. Stemples was very memorable as my band teacher in 7th and 8th grade. She took squeaky sounds from elementary learners and helped us begin making musical pieces we could be proud of. She had the patience to work with junior high kids… what a gift! May you be comforted during this time.

  • Brenda Sandburg Posted July 20, 2019 1:07 PM

    Rose Stemples was one of the very best teachers and made a tremendous impact on my life. She made her students want to do their best for her and let us know that any one could be a musician. I remember being in band class and the thrill of being part of the music being created by everyone around me. I was a student when she taught at Lisbon Central School. One summer she offered to teach us how to play another instrument than our own and that was such a wonderful experience. We competed one year and got a 6A grade, the highest level, and were so happy. I learned an appreciation of music and the joy of playing from her and had the immense pleasure of being one of her students. I send you much sympathy and celebrate Rose’s life.

  • Randy Elie Posted July 20, 2019 3:58 PM

    I’m am truly sorry for your families loss, I will keep you all in my thoughts.

  • Rhonda Fletcher Posted July 20, 2019 4:16 PM

    Prayers and thoughts go out to the family Rose Stemples from the Fletcher family – Edith, Wayne and Rhonda. Rose was our music teacher at Lisbon School. my (Rhonda) fondest memory is when Rose led our Lisbon band to a 10th place finish at the New York State Fair. Quite an accomplishment for a small school. God Bless you.

  • M Penny Sharrow Posted July 22, 2019 5:25 AM

    To the entire Stemples Family –

    You are in my thoughts and prayers . Rose was a dedicated teacher and loved her music and conveyed that to her students. She was also a super Badminton player and helped others in this pursuit by running this program for years. May she rest in peace.


    Penny Sharrow

  • Amelia Tyler-Skinner Posted July 22, 2019 6:00 AM

    I was a classmate of Rosie for 13years-all through primary and high school. In Marcellus. Even though I am Australian now, I saw her at reunions and talked to her on the phone several times this past year. She was always a wonderful person. We shared the love of music , both going into musical careers. Love to all of her family from Amelia Tyler-Skinner.

  • Carol MacAllister Posted July 22, 2019 7:00 AM

    I too was a classmate of Rosie through primary and high school. We played in the school band together. She was a wonderful person.

  • Kathleen (Fisher) Bouchard Posted July 22, 2019 7:33 AM

    Condolences to the Stemples family. I spent many wonderful years with your mom in the band room. Our trip to Italy was a once in a lifetime and will always be one of my favorite memories.

  • Jean Goldie Posted July 22, 2019 11:07 AM

    Michelle, So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. May she Rest In Peace now.

  • Louise York Haeusler Posted July 22, 2019 1:44 PM

    To the family of Rise …… I too went to high school with Rose and played 2nd and 3rd coronet parts under her 1st coronet/trumpet part. It was an honor to provide the harmony to her melody but it went deeper than that. She inspired my playing although I never got as good as her, she inspired the dream that I could be more that I was. Thanks Rose Anne for your musical gifts and personality. You will be missed

  • MALCOLM H COLE Posted July 22, 2019 7:22 PM

    I am sad to hear of Rose’s passing. I also graduated from MCS and have not been in touch with Rose Anne since then. Obviously, she made an impression on me over the many years since. Although I could not carry a “note” as Mr. Semprone informed me, I do carry her inspiration as a class leader, and as a kind person. She will not be forgotten.

  • Miho Kobayashi Posted July 22, 2019 7:49 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I was an exchange student at OFA in 2009-2010, and I had an opportunity to play badminton with Rose. She taught me not only badminton but also English!
    I was so lucky to get to know her during my exchange year.
    Great memories with Rose. Rest In Peace.

  • Eliza Pierce Posted July 22, 2019 8:59 PM

    Rose was always so kind to me and encouraged me when playing badminton. She was a competitor for sure and I was always pleased to be on her team instead of against her. She enjoyed teaching the game as well as playing and I will always be grateful for guidance. To her loved ones, I am so very sorry. She was a wonderful lady who will be missed.

  • Patti Noble Walters Posted July 23, 2019 11:17 AM

    Many have already said it within their condolences! Mrs. Stemples helped put Lisbon on the map when it came to music! I was so thrilled to be a part of that music department. 6A concert band! Award winning marching band! I learned a lot seating under her baton! Thanks!

  • Patti Powell – daughter Posted July 24, 2019 12:26 PM

    Just adding my own note to let those of you sharing your experiences and memories know that we’re (family) reading them fondly. Rose was, “Mom,” to me with all that entails – teaching “people skills” as a youngster through the teen years and then sharing life as buddies. We traveled together, called each other at least once per week, and generally shared the vast majority of our life experiences either in person or via those phone calls. She told me about most of you – always good things. She enjoyed having you as friends and/or students. It’s nice to hear from others who remember her and whose lives she had an impact on. Thank you for taking the time to share. It probably goes without saying, but cancer is horrid (to word it nicely).

  • The Cota’s Posted July 24, 2019 2:07 PM

    So sorry for your loss!! Ms. Stemples was an awesome band teacher an a great neighbor to myself an my parents as well for the past 40 years… If you guys need anything we r only a doorstep or 2 away!!!

  • Roberta Ashmore Posted July 24, 2019 8:09 PM

    Rose Ann was one of my best friends growing up in Marcellus. She was always cheerful and a very kind person. I feel bad that after graduation
    I lost touch with her but was very pleased to read that she pursued her talent in music. No doubt her patience made her an excellent teacher.
    Rest in Peace.

  • David J Valois Posted July 28, 2019 4:31 PM

    Condolences to Rose’s family – she was truly an amazing teacher and colleague.

  • John C Paxton Posted August 7, 2019 9:44 AM

    My heartfelt condolences to Rose Stemples family. She was truly instrumental in further distinguishing the Lisbon music program. I had the privilege to play under her tutelage at both Lisbon and OFA. That experience, and sense of accomplishment as part of a group that excelled through discipline and perseverance has stayed with me all these years, and to Rose, and others I am eternally grateful. She expected much from us, and through her tutelage, we accomplished much. Thank you Rose for your dedication to us, your students and friends.

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