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1933 Jill 2023

Jill (Cooper) Rose

July 18, 1933 — February 25, 2023


Jill Cooper Rose, born July 18, 1933, died peacefully on February 25, 2023 at home ending an extraordinarily and full life of purpose accomplishment and decency. She was a proud member of the  Indianapolis Jewish community from the time she became a resident of Indianapolis when she was 23 years old. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

Jill was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Highland Park Illinois. She was a graduate of Highland Park High School where she made lasting and lifelong friends. Jill began her college studies at The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona but returned home to finish her studies at Northwestern University to be with her family during her father’s terminal illness.

When Jill married Irwin R. Rose of Indianapolis in the fall of 1956, she made Indianapolis her home. While raising her three children she was heavily involved in many philanthropic causes. The one that she was probably most proud and had the most impact was in the 1970s and 1980s she helped to relocate and settle scores of Soviet Jewish families to Indianapolis all of whom were escaping the anti-Semitic and oppressive Soviet Regime. She not only set up and furnished these strangers new homes, but she assisted in every aspect of their new and foreign lives in Indianapolis ranging from taking them to English language classes; arranging and transporting individuals to medical appointments; enrolling their children in religious and secular education and assisting with finding and securing employment.

She devoted her time efforts, resources and talents to countless other Indianapolis and international causes including leadership roles in the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis; Hadassah, The Indiana Chabad Center for Jewish Life, The United Way; The March of Dimes. She was a member of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation since arriving in Indianapolis as a newlywed in 1956.

Jill was married to her beloved husband Irwin R. Rose for almost 65 years until his death in August 2021. She is survived by her 3 children: son Doug Rose (Michelle), son Tom Rose and her daughter Jane Rose. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends.

Jill was cared for by wonderful compassionate and professional caregivers from the death of her husband. Each of whom has become a loving and integral part of the Rose family.

Jill took the greatest pride and joy in her grandchildren; Noam Rose (Carter), Yonaton Rose, Udi Rose Sara Rose Perkins (Joey); Emily Rose, Jake Hurst and Sophia Hurst.

Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor’s choosing,

Graveside services will be private.

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