She was born two years after the end of WWI and her father was a veteran of the German Army.
Rosalie grew up through the rise and fall of the National Socialist Workers party.
She met her future husband, Ralph, who was an Army soldier stationed with the American allies in Germany.
Against Army regulations, Ralph, began fraternizing with a German National, Rosalie, and fell in love.
Ralph returned to the U.S. in 1945, to care for his dying mother.
It was at this time he earnestly began the long process to have Rosalie sponsored in order for her to come to the United States.
After three years and many love letters, they got their wish.
Rosalie flew to New York City, where she was greeted by Ralph and drove to his home town of Holcome, Wisconsin.
They were married the very next day, August 19, 1948 in Connell, Wisconsin.
Their first three children, Eric, Frank and Mary were born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
In 1956, Ralph sold their dairy farm to his youngest brother, Clifford, in order to move out west to join his Uncle Bill and two brothers, Clarence and Jim and there they started over.
In the Spokane Valley they added daughters, Rose Ann, Sharon and Theresa and youngest son, Stephen, to their growing family.
They were members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for many years and were married for 54 years.
Rosalie was a devoted wife and “one of a kind” mother.
She was a true friend to many.
We as a family will miss her dearly.
Rosalie is survived by her children Eric (Susie), Frank (Lori), Mary Henson (Tom), Rose Ann Strait (Rich), Sharon Henson (Jeff) and Theresa Anderson (Ted); her sister, Therese Johnson and 21 grand- children, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Rosalie is preceded in death by her husband Ralph, son Stephen, grandson Elias Ralph Hattamer, her parents Franz and Rosalie Mitterweger and two brothers, Frank and Michael.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to Anna Ogden Hall, 2828 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA.
99201 or Meals on Wheels.
There will be a visitation Monday, January 20, 2014 starting at 3:00pm with a Rosary at 6pm at Hennessey Valley Funeral Home, 1315 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be help Tuesday, January 21, at 11am, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 304 S. Adams Road, Spokane Valley.
Please visit Rosalie’s online memorial and leave a message of condolence at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com.
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