Rose Marie Sessa (Rosie) passed away unexpectedly on October 29, 2011 at her
Portage, Indiana, home, her faithful companion Krickett at her side. Rosie
battled diabetes all her life. She was 59.
A leap year baby, she was born February 29, 1952 to Alice (O'Connor)
Pomeroy, who preceded her in death, and Wallace (Patricia) Pomeroy who
resides in Chesterton, as did Rosie most her life.
Rosie is also survived by two sons, Michael (Malissa) Valpatic of Portage,
Ind. and Joseph (Jamie) Valpatic of Arvada, Colorado, two step-daughters,
Kim Sessa of Florida and Cheryl (Doug) Highlan of Valparaiso. Her
grandchildren are Devin and Emily Valpatic of Portage, Ethan Valpatic of
Arvada, Avery and Mia Mortensen of Florida, and Zeke and Macy Highlan of
Surviving siblings are Kathy (Oscar) Pace, Daniel (Katherine) Pomeroy, Mary
Pomeroy of Chesterton, Donald (Shari) Pomeroy of Brazil, Indiana, and
Margret Pomeroy of Schererville, Indiana. She will also be missed by several
nieces and nephews.
Rosie was a graduate of Chesterton High School and went on to real estate
where she was affiliated with many local agencies. Currently she was a
Broker Associate at Coldwell Banker Porter County. Most recently, she was
pursuing and completed with highest honors an Associate of Science in
Medical Billing and Coding from Colorado Technical University.
Rosie had many interests including patio gardening and bird watching, but
mostly she was a devoted grandmother, loving mother, sister, aunt and friend
to many. All who knew her will miss that recognizable smile and infectious
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes
Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at
Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, Ind., with Father
Lawrence Heeg officiating.
Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, Chesterton, Ind. Visitation will
be held on Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral
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