Betty Jo (Blackman) Roose

October 19, 1932 ~ December 1, 2020 (age 88)


Betty Jo (Blackman) Roose (age 88) a resident of Middlefield, OH for 55 years passed away at Ohman Family Living at Blossom on December 1, 2020.  
Born during the Great Depression on 10/19/1932 in Zanesville, Ohio, she was the only child to the late Charles and Florence (Minnick) Blackman.  Until her senior year of high school, she was educated in a one room schoolhouse.  Then, Betty attended the Ohio Northern University where she met the love of her life, Rick Roose.  Married in August 1954, they were inseparable for 61 years before he passed in 2015.  
For 31 years, she worked long days (6 days a week and an hour on Sunday) beside Rick at Roose’s Drug Store.  When at home, she loved reading and taking care of her roses.  When not at the store or at home, she spent her time being a girl scout leader to Mindy and Joyce.  Betty was also active on several committees for the First United Methodist Church in Middlefield and served as past president for the Cardinal Music Boosters.  She was an active volunteer for the Middlefield Historical Society and the Middlefield Ice Cream Depot.  With Rick, Betty had many laughter filled nights at the Middlefield Model Railroad Club.   
Upon retirement, it was hard to find Rick and Betty at home.   Traveling the country in their RV off the highways, they met many people and had many exciting adventures.   Spending a month in Alaska and flying to Hawaii were some of her most memorable experiences.    
She will be greatly missed by her three daughters – Mindy Sitko of Middlefield, Joyce (Jeff) Merritt) of Windsor, and Cindy (David) Gubics of Creston.   Grandchildren – Heather (Bryan) Vandermaas, Cory Merritt, Kelsey Merritt, Michaela Gubics, and Alayna Gubics.  Great grandchildren – Caeleigh Evans, Hunter Mulacek, and Ava Vandermaas.
Betty is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and son-in-law Doug Sitko.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will no calling hours or public service.   
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s name to the Geauga County Library Foundation at 12701 Ravenwood Dr. Chardon, OH  44024 or on line at  

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