Rose Marie ‘Rosey’ Lonsway

Rose Marie “Rosey” Lonsway, 70, of Tiffin, passed away at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Bridge Hospice, Bowling Green.

She was born May 6, 1944, in Fostoria, to the late Cliff and R. Irene (Jacoby) Lonsway.

Rosey is survived by two sisters, Mary Lonsway VanCuren of Fostoria and Rosalyn (Bob) Livo Jacobs of Western Springs, Illinois; a very dear friend of over 45 years, Karen Sue Wikoff; 12 nieces and nephews, many of whom saw her as a “second mom”; many great-nieces and nephews; and her dog, Corey, was dear to her heart for 12 years.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Thom, John, Joe and Rick; two nieces; and a great-nephew.

Rosey was a lifelong member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria, and a 1962 graduate of St. Wendelin High School. She graduated from The University of Toledo with a degree in social work. She was employed for over 35 years by various agencies in Toledo as a geriatric social worker.

Rosey enjoyed refinishing a Lyman fisherman boat she bought with her brother, Rick, and spent many summers enjoying East Harbor and Lake Erie sites. She was skilled at refinishing and did this with many of her family’s antique furniture. In 1998, Rosey traveled to Ireland, her dream vacation, and enjoyed learning Irish history and seeing historic landmarks. Another favorite place was Portsmouth where her friend, Sue, owned a cottage. She loved the scenery of the Kentucky foothills and walks along the two rivers.

While working and living in Toledo, she was active in gerontological organizations and was instrumental in starting an Alzheimer’s support group in the early 1980s. In the early 1970s, she and her sister, Mary, founded an emergency pregnancy service for the Fostoria area and this service functioned for over five years. Rosey was a compassionate person who felt deeply about serving the elderly and life issues. She received many accolades for this during her work life.

Upon her retirement she moved to Tiffin, where she resided in a villa on the grounds of Tiffin Franciscans.

Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Hoening Funeral Home, 242 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria, where a Christian wake service will begin at 7 p.m. led by Sister Jane Schimmoeller O.S.F.

Her funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Convent Chapel, Tiffin, with Father Frank Murd presiding, with visitation from 10-11 a.m. in the Convent Chapel. A funeral luncheon will immediately follow the Mass in the convent dining room.

Graveside services will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Wendelin Catholic Cemetery.

Thanks to Bridge Hospice for their kindness and gentle guidance during Rosey’s final days.

Memorials are suggested to St. Wendelin, Sisters of St. Francis or a Pro Life organization.

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