Rose Kathleen Walp Acker, 65, of Venango went to be with her Lord escorted by the prayers of her family and friends on April 18, 2019 after a hard-fought four-year battle with brain cancer. She was the wife of David Acker, who retired as a part-time local pastor in 2012 after serving in the Erie-Meadville District since 1996.
Born on July 1, 1953 to Lee and Nancy (Kleckner) Walp, Rose attended Cambridge Springs schools and graduated in 1971. She received an associate degree at Keystone Jr. College near Scranton, Pa. and worked at Meadville Medical center for over 30 years in various parts of the lab while raising her family.
She married David Acker in 1973, and he survives. They have two children, a daughter Jessica Lewis and her husband Dave of Saegertown, and their children Cali, Owen, and Truett, and a son Mark Acker and his wife Mandy of Miamisburg, Ohio and their children Blair, Hadley, Emmett, and Deacon.
Rose was a lifelong member of the Venango United Methodist Church and very active on committees locally and in the district. She had a big heart for serving others. She was missions chairperson at Venango for many years and traveled to Jamaica and Paraguay on mission trips, as well to many places in the U.S. She was on the board of the Pregnancy Center of Meadville and served as secretary for several years. She was also involved in Stephen ministries.
Rose and Dave were able to spend the last five winters in Sebring, Florida where they made several good and caring friends.
Rose was preceded in death by her father Lee Walp, an infant sister Marlene, and her mother Nancy Walp Ewing. She is survived by three sisters, Darlene Senft and her husband Alan of Three Springs, Pa. Bonita Krider and her husband Earl of Meadville, Pa. Denette Adams and her husband Ed of Saegertown, Pa. and a brother Blaine Walp of Saegertown, Pa.
A reception and evening memorial celebration were held at Venango UMC on Wednesday April 24.
In lieu of flowers, Rose requested donations be made to Venango UM Church, Pregnancy Center of Meadville, Hospice of Crawford County or the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute.
Interment was scheduled for a later time at the family's convenience at Reichel Cemetery on Grange Center Road. To send condolences, visit www.vanmatrefuneralhome.