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EP native becomes a centenarian

Born Dec. 17, 1921, Rose Josephine Schneider is a first generation American, born in East Palestine to Italian immigrants. Born “Rose Soldo,” she was the oldest of the five Soldo children. Her first language was Italian, and as a child, she would translate the newspaper for her father every day.

She married her first husband, Harold Brooks DeRoads, at the age of 19 and had eight children together. He passed away very young in 1968. Rose proudly raised her children all on her own, seven of which still lived at home.

Sixteen years later she married her second husband, John F. Schneider, and they remained happily married until he passed away in 2004.

Throughout her life she worked many jobs to support her family. The last 30 years she worked, she was a cashier at Salem Regional Hospital and when she retired, she continued to volunteer until the age of 94.

Rose was always an active member in her church, St. Paul’s Catholic Church of Salem. Some of her favorite organizations to work with were The Catholic Daughters, Funeral Buffets through her church, and the Senior Card Club.

She is currently living at Stone Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care in Alliance. Rose is still very active and looks forward to many activities such as Monday Manicures, music and dancing events, movies, bingo, art projects, and even senior fitness activities. She looks forward to visits from her eight children.

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