Life Story / Obituary
Rose Mary Hartter, age 96, died of natural causes on May 7, 2022, at her home in Kalamazoo, MI. She was born on March 13, 1926, in Plymouth, IN, to Lester Deisch and Edith (Fleck) Deisch.
She married George Jacob Hartter on June 2, 1945, in Elkhart County, IN. George preceded her in death in 1987. After George’s death she met longtime companion Stanley Bobbitt at her church. Stanley preceded her in death in 2021.
Rose Mary worked as a homemaker, a sales clerk, and a church volunteer. Rose Mary loved her home on Waubee Lake, her time at Camp Alexander Mack in Milford, and she enjoyed gardening, fishing, boating, and hiking.
Rose Mary loved God, her husband, George; long-time companion, Stan; her children: Linda (Lynnie), Barbara (Bobbie) and Gary; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her country. She happily greeted every day with gratitude and joyfulness and enjoyed simple pleasures like friendship, decorating for the holidays, cooking, gardening, and ceramics.
Rose Mary is survived by two daughters: Linda (Michael) Byrd, of Middlebury, IN, Barbara (Richard) McEnhill, of Kalamazoo, MI, and one son: Gary Hartter, of Bonanza, OR. She is survived by five grandchildren: Andrew (Tricia) Cripe, of Midland, MI; Jeffrey Cripe of OH; Laura (Joseph) Pleva, of Huntsville, AL; Tahnee Hartter, of Syracuse, IN; and Patrick Donnelly of Kalamazoo, MI. She also is survived by eleven great-grandchildren: Jordan Cripe age 24, Boppy Cripe, age 21, Lucy Cripe, age 20, Clare Pleva, age 18, Cecilia Pleva, age 17, Colleen Pleva, age 16, Josie Cripe, age 15, Jacob Cripe, age 13, Kylee Cripe, age 10, Stephen Pleva, age 10 and Elliese Roselynn Hartter, age 8. Rose Mary is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Rose Mary was preceded in death by her husband, George; longtime companion, Stan; seven sisters; and two brothers. Cremation has taken place. Services will be announced at a later date. Visit Rose Mary’s webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos and sign her guestbook. Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 (269) 375-2900.