November 23, 1947 ~ May 16, 2022

Born in: Norristown, PA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Roseann Eckert Dennehy, 74, passed away at home on May 16, 2022, surrounded by her family.

It is difficult to quantify the void that Rose’s passing leaves in the hearts of those who loved her.

She was a selfless and compassionate human being who always put the welfare of others ahead of her own. Although she formalized this nurturing instinct by obtaining a degree from Villanova University in Nursing, her desire to care for others was innate. Whether it was taking responsibility for the care of her infant twin siblings at 10 years old, or giving birth to and raising 5 children, or being the main health care provider for her elderly parents, Rose always took great joy in helping others.

Rose was the glue that held her immediate and extended family together. She knew how to throw a great party, whether it was a family reunion, a graduation party or a wedding, everyone came away with a smile on their face.

Her nursing career included work in Hospital Nursing, Public Health Nursing and she spent many years as the school nurse at Holy Spirit High School. Additionally, she taught Natural Childbirth classes for hundreds of future parents.

She became the owner of City Bakery in 2001, fulfilling a dream to own and operate a family business. She managed the growth of the business from a tiny storefront operation to a successful multi-store and wholesale operation and an Asheville icon.

Rose was the daughter of the late Joseph and Rita (Smith) Eckert. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Patrick; her five loving children, Molly Dennehy, Brendan Dennehy (Patty), Brian Dennehy (Rhianna), Megan Smith (Jeff) and Colin Dennehy (Katie). She is also survived by her adoring grandchildren, Kayla Peters, Eric Peters, Jack Dennehy, Liam Dennehy, Parker Smith, Lucia Dennehy, Evan Dennehy and Olivia Smith. She is also survived by siblings Joe Eckert, Charles Eckert, Marian Eckert, Delores Eckert, and Mark Eckert.

A celebration of her life will be held soon for family and friends.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Pat, our prayers to you and the family during this time. We were sadden to hear of Roseann’s passing. Julie and Norm Mullan

  2. I am so truly and deeply sorry for your loss. Rose was an exceptional woman whose light will be missed in this world. She was always so funny, kind, and compassionate. I will never forget her or the mark your lovely family has left on my life.

    You are in my thoughts and I am sending all the love!


  3. Pat and all the Dennehys…
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. It has been quite a while since Roseann and I spoke and then only via Facebook but nothing had changed in Roseann…such
    a sweet friend, loving soul and family oriented individual. Keeping you all in my prayers…
    RIP Roseann

  4. Pat,
    I haven’t seen you in quite a while and have now retired from Asheville Parks & Rec, but I saw this and just wanted you to know that you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you strength and peace.

  5. Harold and I wish to send our sincere condolences to all of the Dennehy Family, but especially to Megan and Jeff Smith and their children Parker and Olivia. We are so deeply sorry for your loss. May her light shine bright in all of you forever!

    Kathy and Harold Groves

  6. Harold and I would like to send our deepest condolences to the entire Dennehy Family, but especially to Megan and Jeff Smith and their children Parker and Olivia! We are deeply sorry for you loss!

  7. Megan and family. My heart goes out to you and your family. I know she was special to you and will be missed. My prayers are with you all. ❤️

  8. Dear Pat,
    My deepest condolences to you and your beautiful family, who are a product of your and Roseann’s enduring love. I am so grateful for her friendship and will always cherish her memory. A beautiful life well lived. She was such a blessing in all our lives. Peace and love, Martha

  9. We send our sincere condolences to the Dennehy and Eckert Families at this time of your loss.
    Keep memories close to your hearts. Brad & DeeDee Dawson

  10. Pat and family:
    It has been years since seeing you all and I just heard of Roseann’s passing and was so saddened. I remember with joy spending time with all of you at our home and yours in Brigantine. Roseann was such a loving and dynamic person and will be so missed. We will keep all of you in our prayers. Eileen and John Gans


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