Pelham, Rose Ann
Her Legacy… Rose Ann Pelham, 89, passed away November 16, 2019. She was born on February 10, 1930, in Jackson, Michigan to Willis and Clarrisa (Dubois) Smith, Rose married Gustav Wittenberg. She will be remembered as strong willed lady that was dedicated to making something of herself. Rose married at a young age and started a family. While raising her four children she went back to school, receiving all A’s. She then went on to Jackson Community College to get her degree as a Radiograph technician, then on to University of Michigan for her Bachelors and Central Michigan for her Masters. She was able to teach many nursing students and then later worked at the prison as the head of clinics until her retirement at the age of 80. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, antiquing and cooking. She attended the Universalist-Unitarian Church. Rose also participated in a Mission trip to Guatemala as part of the Helps International. She also was able to go to Costa Rica for a family vacation where she white water rafted and zip lined. Rose will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Her Family… Rose will be missed by her children, Eric (Arlene) Wittenberg, Fern (Charlie) Pearson, and Willis (Sherry) Wittenberg; sisters, Marilyn Fredericks, Ruth (Don) Davis, Dorothy Kerr, Carol Hartsuff and sister-in-law Marie Smith; grandchildren Christy (Brandon) Weatherwax, Amber (Mike) Pelletier, Winfield and Angeline Pearson, Mason, Andy, Sarah and Lindsey Sielfert; great grandchildren Connor Weatherwax, Dustin and Savannah Reinick; many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Gustav Wittenberg; brother, Wesley Smith; sisters and brother-in-laws Francis (Ron) Shafer, Margaret (Lyle) Johns; brothers-in-law Gordon Frederick, W.H. Kerr; daughter Anne Siefert and grandson Jason Wittenberg.
Her Farewell… Rose’s family and friends will gather Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Borek Jennings Funeral Home, Braun Chapel. Her Community Farewell will follow at 3:00 pm. Memorial contributions are suggested to Cascades Humane Society. Please leave a message of comfort for Rose’s family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign her
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