Rosa Lee Hemmen

MESA, Ariz.– Rosalie (Rosa) Hrovatic Hemmen of Mesa, Ariz., passed away July 16, 2020 from complications following orthopedic surgery. Born Jan. 12, 1933 to Joseph and Frances (Kastelic) Hrovatic in Salem, Ohio, Rosalie was second to the youngest of 13 children.

Rosalie attended Salem High School and after graduation pursued a career in the United States Air Force. It was there she met her husband, Marcel, and they wed in 1953. Marcel’s career in the United States Air Force took them all over the United States and the Hemmen’s four daughters were born in four different states. Daughter Judith in California, Jennifer in Michigan, Rebecca in Montana and Elizabeth in North Dakota.

Rosalie and her family eventually retired to Salem, Ohio where they lived for many years with a subsequent move to Ocala, Fla. and finally settled in Mesa, Ariz.

Rosalie is survived by her husband of 67 Years, Marcel: daughter Judy also of Mesa: daughter Jenny (Steve) of Payson, Ariz.; daughter Becky of Akron, Ohio; as well as nine grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren. Rosalie was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth in 2008.

Of the original 13 siblings only one now remains, brother Jim (Barb) Hrovatic of Salem, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the St. Mary’s food bank or to the St. Jude foundation.

The Bunker Funeral Home in Mesa is in charge of arrangements.