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Rosella “Rosie” Mae Fetter, 96, died on January 20, 2021 after a brief illness. Rosie was born July 1, 1924, the second daughter of Clyde and Julia (Christman) Winch and resided in Crawford County her entire life. She graduated from North Robinson High School in 1942 and on June 15, 1944, she married Eldon “Red” Fetter, who died in an automobile accident in 1992.
Rosie enjoyed a lifelong love of horses, beginning when she was a girl on the family farm, when she, along with her sister Margaret, drove a team of light weight pulling horses in competition. Later, with her children, she showed her own horse and spent untold hours watching her daughters show horses around Ohio. Rosie was also a skilled fisherwoman and spent many weekend early mornings on Lake Erie fishing for perch and walleye with her husband, family, and friends. She was often the most prolific angler in the boat. Probably her fondest memory of her life was touring the western part of the United States with her husband in their motorhome and taking in a few rodeos along the way and enjoying the beauty of the open road.
Rosie worked for 26 years at the Timken Company, where she made many dear friends. She retired in 1983. She was a long-time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Leesville.
Rosie was a feisty and stubborn woman and so loyal to her family and friends. She dearly loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and enjoyed their visits, pictures, and stories.
She will be missed and lovingly remembered by her daughters and their families: Dianna (Richard) Zaebst, granddaughter Melissa (Gerald) Eichler, and great-grandchildren Garrett Eichler and Mallory Eichler; Gail (Michael) Huber, grandchildren Mitchell (Jennifer) Huber and Janna (Gerald) Parker, and great-grandchildren, Maximus Huber, Jackson Huber, Zoe Parker, and Maya Parker. She is also survived by sisters, Florence Hefner, Esther Armstrong, Joanne (Jerry) Haught; brother, Myron (Linda) Winch; brother-in-law, Wilbur Cole; sisters-in-law, Joan Winch and Virginia Fetter; and numerous special nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, Eldon, she was preceded in death by sisters, Juanita Stewart, Margaret Eckert, and Martha Cole, brother, Charles Winch, as well as several brothers-in-law, a sister-in-law, a niece and several nephews.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rosie’s life will be celebrated privately, and she will be laid to rest in Crawford County Memory Gardens. The family requests no flowers, but suggest memorial contributions be made to Together We Hurt, Together We Heal, Avita Home Health and Hospice, or your local food bank. Contributions can be sent to the funeral home and memories and photos can be shared on Rosie’s tribute page.