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Roselyn C. Wessel, 95, of Batesville, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at St. Andrew's Health Campus. Born June 22, 1921, in Franklin County Indiana, she is the daughter of Anna (Nee: Amberger) and George Kuntz. She married Lawrence Wessel June 22, 1946 at St. Mary's of the Rock Church and he preceded her in death December 9, 2005.
Being a farm wife, Roselyn's days were filled with raising her family and helping Lawrence with the farm. Gardening was both a necessity and a passion. A large garden was a necessary task each year to help feed the family, while working in her flower beds were a passion she enjoyed.
Another passion was music and dancing. Throughout her life, she had a love for music, especially big band and dancing. Naturally, Lawrence Welk was a favorite program. The family remembers a trip to Branson where she accepted an invitation to come up on stage with Lawrence and dance to the music of the Glen Miller Orchestra. In fact, it was a local dance that she and Lawrence first met.
According to her family, she loved her birds, especially Cardinals, which she referred as her "red birds." They also remember her homemade bread and pies. Over the years she and Lawrence traveled a little, mostly to the western part of the country. Las Vegas and a trip to Germany were probably her favorites.
Roselyn is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Lucy and Dan Mikula of Indianapolis, Donna and Joe Wietlisbach of Batesville, Lorraine and Jerre Hampson of Batesville, Mary and Tom Hornbach of Indianapolis, Jane and Tim Scheidler of Milhousen, Indiana; sons and daughters-in-law David and Mary Jean Wessel, Kevin and Kay Wessel, all of Batesville; brother Robert Kuntz of Brookville; 23 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by brothers Lloyd, Arnold, Clifford Francis, and Eugene Kuntz; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation is Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 4 - 7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home in Batesville. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to Southeastern Indiana Right to Life or St. Louis Cemetery Fund.
Published on January 30, 2017
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