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Rose G. Trask, churchwoman was active in Grange

Jan. 14, 1931 – Feb. 22, 2015

Rose G. Trask of Angola, active in community and charitable organizations, died Sunday in Mercy Hospital after a long illness. She was 84.

Born in Brant, the former Rose G. Dispence graduated from Angola High School. She was head cook and manager at Lake Shore Schools for 20 years, retiring to be caregiver for her youngest son.

A longtime Town of Evans resident, Mrs. Trask was a member of Evans Grange 1332, an organization involved in community service and legislative efforts, for more than 65 years; member of Erie Pomona Grange, where she completed all state and national Grange degrees and held varied positions at local, county and state levels; chairman of the Grange Flea Market for 42 years; member of the Town of Evans Recycling Committee since 1980, where she organized the annual environmental fair for the town; and chairman of the board for Care Connection for the county, providing telephone assistance to elderly residents in need of services and information.

Active at the Most Precious Blood Church for more than 60 years, she was a religious education teacher at the parish, charter member and officer of the Rosary and Altar Society, a member and officer of the Parent/Teacher Guild at the school, and president of Ladies of Charity Group for over 30 years.

Mrs. Trask raised nine children and was the caregiver for her youngest son, Darrell Jr., a quadriplegic, for over 25 years until his death in 2010.

She received the Eastman Award as Granger of the Year in 2001 and was recognized as Erie County Senior Citizen of the Year in 1994. She was inducted into the Erie County Fair Hall of Fame in 2001.

Her husband of 62 years, Darrell “Joe” Trask, died in January 2012.

Survivors include five daughters, Patricia Grise, Margaret Isome, Susan DiGiacomo, Theresa Branson and Christina Willis; three sons, William Sr., Stephen C. and Robert; 19 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Most Precious Blood Church, 22 Prospect St., Angola.

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