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Rose McAteer Berryman

Rose McAteer Berryman

Rose McAteer Berryman

11/18/1918 -11/4/2010

Rose McAteer Berryman passed away peacefully with family at her side on Nov. 4, 2010 from complications due to a recent fall. She was born Nov.18, 1918 in Concord, NH, one of six children. Her loving husband Tom preceded Rose in death in Janu­ary, as well as her brothers and sisters. She is survived by children Tom, Jr. of Goleta, Roberta (George) Lehtinen of Carpinteria, Dan (Charlotte) of Spokane, WA and Peggy (Tom) Rancatore of Los Altos, CA, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.

An excellent student (it’s said that she never misspelled a word), Rose graduated from high school at age 16 and started her career as a stenographer and secretary.  She had fond memories of her work as a secretary at the Department of Motor Vehicles in the State House in Concord.

Friends since high school, she and Tom married in 1944.  Once they began their family, Rose took years off work to raise their four children.  Although they both loved New Hampshire, the beautiful weather of California beckoned.  Rose and Tom moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1953, then to Carpinteria in 1964 where they both worked for the School District until retiring in the early 1980s.  She was the counselor’s secretary at Carpinteria Junior High where her quiet presence and warm, comforting smile, sparkling blue eyes and quick, dry wit were much appreciated, especially by the students.

Rose was active for many years in the St. Joseph Catholic Church Altar Society, the Catholic Daughters of America and the Carpinteria School District Classified Employees Association, often being elected board secretary for these organizations.  She enjoyed helping with the St. Joseph’s holiday boutiques and the festival cake both, and social activities with groups of friends.

Rose’s greatest joy was taking care of family and friends, and she was always there for everyone with a listening ear and comforting pat on the shoulder.  Rose and Tom had a long and happy retirement together.  They enjoyed traveling and especially treasured visiting family and spending time with their grandchildren.  She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family celebrated her life at a memorial service at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.  A reception will follow at Roughan Hall adjacent to the church.  Donations made went to St. Joseph Church or to Visiting Care and Companions.