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Rose J Radel
July 29, 2023
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After a remarkable 93 years Rose Radel passed from this life on July 29, 2023. She was a resident of East Hanover for 60 years.
Rosalie Sitnik was born in Newark in 1929, the youngest daughter of Joseph and Mary (Ciuba). Her parents were both immigrants from Poland. She was very proud that her parents became American citizens. Rose is predeceased by her parents and siblings, John Sitnik, Anna Sobka, Joseph Sitnik and Helen Fidurski. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
While in Irvington High School Rose was hired by Prudential Insurance, beginning a career that lasted 40 years. She was fortunate to join at a time when many women entered the workforce and made inroads for women in corporate management. Among many of the committees and organizations Rose gave her time to, she was very proud to organize many Prudential conferences and seminars across the country and in Puerto Rico. In the 1970s she participated in training for computerization of Prudential offices and divisions. She also served as the first woman President of the New Jersey chapter of Toastmasters International, an organization that fostered communication, public speaking and leadership.
After retirement she formed her own business, RJR Consulting and worked in various positions, returning to Prudential as a liaison to the United Way. Special projects at Nabisco and in management for several businesses followed.
In 1952 Rose married Edward Radel. They shared a love for animals that led to over 50 years of breeding, training and showing their French Poodles and Miniature Pinscher dogs throughout the United States and many other countries. Until Ed’s death in 1998, Radel’s Miniature Pinschers produced several champions in the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe. A number of times they were the only representatives from the United States and the American flag was flown because of their presence. Between dog shows and vacations they visited over 30 countries, and were particularly fond of Bermuda and Monaco. They were both very active in many kennel clubs in New Jersey and New York, serving as officers in all of the groups. The clubs promoted animal welfare, training and good sportsmanship. In 2016 Rose was honored by the Ramapo Kennel Club for her leadership and commitment during 50 years of membership. She was also a delegate to the American Kennel Club for over 25 years. The New York Times, Star-Ledger, and local newspapers featured her professional accomplishments as well as travels and championships with her dogs.
During her life Rose was a prolific writer, producing training manuals and other articles for Prudential and organizations, as well as numerous articles for magazines and newsletters about dogs and animal welfare. She was the author of the book, The Miniature Pinscher: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet.
Among many other interests were health, nutrition and homeopathic healing. Rose credited healthy living, regular exercise and a positive outlook with keeping her mind and body sharp into her 80s. She was a member of the East Hanover Senior Citizens Club, where she enjoyed many programs and new friendships.
Visitation at the Leonardis Memorial Home, 210 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park on Friday, August 4th from 10am-12pm, followed by the committal prayers and interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover at 12:30pm.