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Rosemarie Casterline Gruver

August 4, 1934 — August 10, 2022

Rosemarie Casterline Gruver, 88, of Elysburg, peacefully went to be with the Lord with family by her side Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at her home after a recent diagnosis of leukemia.

She was born in Plymouth, PA on August 4, 1934, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Garbor) Kusma.

On May 3, 1952, she married Ernest Casterline of Wilkes-Barre, PA. They shared 42 years of marriage, raising two children, supporting them through sports and photography passions. They celebrated their 40th anniversary with a vowel renewal two years before losing her husband to heart disease. In 1996, she moved to Elysburg to be closer to family.

On June 1, 2002, she married Albert Gruver of Dallas, PA with whom she enjoyed a marriage full of traveling, laughter, and countless memories until his passing due to cancer.

She spent over 40 years working in a dress factory in Wilkes-Barre. When she moved to Elysburg, she worked at Weis Markets in Sunbury for five years before joining the Knoebels gift shop family. She had a fiery spirit and was loved by many, quickly becoming known to park-goers as "Hat Shop Rose." She loved going to work at the park and treasured her Knoebels friends and customers alike.

Rose was a member of the Elysburg Presbyterian Church.

Rose is survived by a daughter, Cathy (Casterline) Kessler and her husband Jim Kessler; three grandchildren, Richard Casterline II, Kristan Kessler Schell and Kurtis Kessler; three great-grandchildren, Carianna, Coralyn and Elijah.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Rose was preceded in death by three sisters, Betty, Veronica and Victoria, and son, Richard Casterline.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, Trucksville. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to Residential Hospice, Benevolence Foundation, 100 Sterling Parkway #110, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. Joseph J. Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home, 40 South Market Street, Mount Carmel, Joseph J. Stutz III, Supervisor has been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave a condolence for Rose’s family, please visit the Tribute Wall at

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