Former Somerset County Freeholder Rose McConnell has died

Former Somerset County Freeholder, women’s mentor and community leader Rose C. McConnell of North Plainfield has died.

She was 87.

The mother of four children, John Jr., Patricia, Kevin and James and now the grandmother of four more, Ms. McConnell earned her Master’s Degree from Rutgers University and was a high school teacher, guidance counselor, and business teacher.

She taught at North Plainfield High, North Plainfield Adult School, and the Elizabeth Public Schools.

A Republican, Ms. McConnell entered public service in 1977, and served on the Somerset County Board of Freeholders, the Board of Social Services, the Youth Services Commission, the Parks Commission, the Advisory Council to the Office on Aging, the Liquor & Alcohol Abuse Council, The Somerset County Governing Officials, the Somerset County Federation of Republican Women, and the Heritage Trail Association.

Her honors include the Somerset County GOP “Chairman’s Award”, the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women “Woman of the Year” award, the Millicent Fenwick “Excellence in Public Service” Award, and many more.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 15 at Scarpa Funeral Home, 22 Craig Place, North Plainfield. A Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at Saint Joseph’s Church, Watchung Avenue, North Plainfield. Interment will follow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, 1734 Clinton Avenue, South Plainfield.  

A luncheon celebrating Ms. McConnell’s life will follow at the North Plainfield Italian American Club, 403 Somerset Street, North Plainfield at 12:30 p.m. Former Somerset County Freeholder Rose McConnell has died