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Barbara Anne Rosetti dies at 74

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Barbara Anne Rosetti, of Chesterton, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2007. She was 74.

She was born Oct. 4, 1932 in Chicago and moved to Chesterton during her high school years. She is the youngest of six children of Reginald and Marie Foster, both deceased.

On Dec. 20, 1949, at St. Patrick Church in Chesterton, she married James R. Rosetti, who preceded her in death on Aug. 23, 2004. They were married for 54 happy years.

She is survived by six children, John (Lori) Rosetti, Rhonda (John) Mullin, Jim (Desila) Rosetti, Jr., Carin (Greg) Rosetti-Betz, Jeanine (Mike) McElfresh, all of Chesterton and Bob (Mindy) Rosetti of Bolingbrook, Ill.; 12 grandchildren, Scott, Joanna and Richard Rosetti, Matt, Tess and Ben Mullin, Amber (Justin) Edwards, Alissa Rosetti, Mariel, Allena, Adeline and Mitchell McElfresh, all of Chesterton; two great-grandchildren, Gabriel Rosetti of South Boston, Va., Kendra Edwards of Chesterton, one sister, Georgiana O’Gara of overland Park, Kan. and one sister-in-law, Rose Davison-Schubert of Chesterton.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Jay Rosetti, who died in 1984. Two brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death.

Barbara’s life-long chosen profession was dedicating herself to raising her seven children. She also managed to find time to utilize her talents as a self-taught artist. She was well-known for her oil paintings which she exhibited for many years at the Chesterton Art Fair. Later, she became very popular with her personalized ornaments, which she displayed every year at the Chesterton Oz Festival. She was an avid bowler for many years, was a member of several different card clubs and enjoyed bingo.

She was an active reader and enjoyed her flower garden. She was also a very loyal member of the bloodmobile donor program. It brought her much joy hosting her annual Crazy Barb’s yard sale. She was a member of the Women of the Moose #1623 and a member of St. Patrick’s Church, both of Chesterton.,

She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and always looked forward to socializing at frequent family gatherings. She will lovingly be remembered for her generosity, sense of humor and deep devotion to her family. She will be deeply missed by family as well as her many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial, Fr. Jerry Schweitzer officiating, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at St. Patrick Church. Interment will be at Chesterton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St., Chesterton. Phone 926-1309. Scripture service will be at 7:30 p.m.

Memorials may be given in Barbara’s name for a future remembrance yet to be decided.



Posted 6/18/2007