Barbara Rosso | Obituary | Record Eagle

Barbara Bennett Christiancy Rosso, 97, of Williamsburg, died on November 23, 2021. She was born on February 24, 1924 in Detroit. Barbara was the daughter of Carter Cornelius and Florence (Bennett) Christiancy.

Barbara grew up in Grand Rapids where she graduated from South High School. After graduating from Michigan State University with a BS in Home Economics, Barbara married Robert Neil Rosso Jr. in Grand Rapids and they lived and raised their family in East Lansing, Michigan. Bob and Barbara enjoyed 61 years together. Barbara has served in many community leadership roles as President of the Child Study Club, Scout Leader, School Volunteer, and President of Lansing Panhellenic. She was a member of the Volkskirche and also worked there as a leader. Her children and families remember her fondly. Barbara raised her children as she lived lives of loving care, encouragement, unwavering love, and kindness to everyone she knew.

Barbara and Bob retired to the Grand Traverse area, where they became active members of the Presbyterian Church. Hundreds of pairs of hand-knitted mittens made by Barbara have been donated to needy children in the Traverse region. She enjoyed traveling, golf, cross-country skiing, painting, bridge, and spending time with beloved families and friends. Barbara kept her calm demeanor, willing smile and sense of humor until her death.

Barbara leaves behind her daughters Carol (James) Goetz and Patricia (Richard) Thirlby; Son, Robert Stephen (Arla) Rosso; Grandchildren, Amy Goetz (Justin) Rzepka, Laura Grace Goetz (Nicholas) Gamse, Tom (Kelsie Jepsen) Rosso, Paul Rosso, Jayne Rosso Seabrook, Marjorie Thirlby and David Thirlby and great-grandson Grace and Anne Rzepka, Carter, Clara and Ella Gamse, Quintin and Chloe Seabrook, their nephews and their families.

Her parents preceded her in death; Husband, Robert; Granddaughter Julie Patricia Goetz; Sister Martha Marilyn Zuiderveld; and brother-in-law, Jack Zuiderveld.

The family is grateful for the competent and friendly care of Barbara by the employees of Samaritas Assisted Living and Heartland Hospice.

The cremation took place. The family will meet for a private celebration of Barbara’s life at a later date. Commemorative donations may be made to the Presbyterian Church, 701 Westminster, Traverse City, MI 49686, Samaritas 4354 Mt. Hope Road, Williamsburg, MI 49690, or a charity of your choice. The family is taken care of by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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