Roselyn's Story

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Roselyn C. Wessel, 95, Batesville, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at St. Andrews Health Campus.
Born June 22, 1921, in Franklin County, she was the daughter of Anna (Amberger) and George Kuntz. She married Lawrence Wessel June 22, 1946, at St. Mary's of the Rock Catholic Church and he preceded her in death Dec. 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 was 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, Missouri, where she accepted an invitation to come up on stage with Lawrence and dance to the music of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. In fact, it was at a local dance that she and Lawrence first met.
According to her family, she loved her birds, especially cardinals, which she referred to 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. Trips to Las Vegas and Germany were probably her favorites.
Roselyn is survived by daughters and son-in-laws Lucy and Dan Mikula, Indianapolis, Donna and Joe Wietlisbach and Lorraine and Jerre Hampson, Batesville, Mary and Tom Hornbach, Indianapolis, and Jane and Tim Scheidler, Millhousen; sons and daughter-in-laws David and Mary Jean Wessel and Kevin and Kay Wessel, Batesville; brother Robert Kuntz, Brookville; 23 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by brothers Lloyd, Arnold, Clifford, Eugene and Francis Kuntz; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation is Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at St. Louis Church with the 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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