Rosalie Steller, 85, passed away Jan. 9, 2013, at The Citadel Care Center in Mesa, Ariz.
Rosalie was born to Lezeth and Justice Bennett Jan. 22, 1927, in South Whitley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Garland and Jim Bennett and her husband, Robert.
Surviving relatives include her older brother, Chuck (Vesta) and their extended family; her sisters, Lavona Shelley and her extended family and Phyllis Joann Beck and her family.
Rosalie graduated from South Whitley Grammar School in 1937, and then South Whitley High School in 1945. After high school, she worked at Stumps Printing Company, where she met her future husband Robert Steller.
Eventually, Rosalie left Stumps and began a life-time career in the newspaper business at the South Whitley Tribune.
She thrived under the tutelage of Charles M. Bowman and Harold F Tschantz, who had bought the Tribune in 1945, and then sold it 29 years later.
Rosalie was a reporter, front office manager, proofreader and photographer.
Someone once said of her, “Rosie ran the entire newspaper.” Writing the neighborhood column, she was given the moniker of “Nosy Rosie” because she was able to ferret out interesting information about the town and its people.
When reminiscing about her time at the Tribune, Rosalie spoke about the day she climbed to the top of a corn elevator to take a picture of the biggest fire in South Whitley history. Why? She wanted to get the best picture possible for her paper.
Among Rosalie’s fondest memories at the Tribune were the many high school students who worked with her over the years and went on to be successes in a variety of careers.
She kept in contact with many of them until she retired in 1984, and moved with her husband to Mesa, where her sister, Lavona, and her family live. The last time Rosalie and Robert visited South Whitley was to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 1998.
After Robert’s death, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to which she recently succumbed. The family wishes to thank all those who cared for Rosalie at her home, at Mi Casa and The Citadel.
“We especially want to thank some very special people who gave Rosalie their love, care and companionship — Jen, Cara, Barbara, Ann, Shonna and Helen. In addition, we are indebted to the staff at Hospice of the Valley who provided Rosalie with excellent care both at home and at the extended care facilities,” said family members.
Rosalie will be cremated by Wyman Cremation and Burial Chapel of Mesa.
At a later date, interment will be held at the South Whitley Cemetery. DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home will handle the services.