We are heartbroken with the loss of our Mom. Rosanne Ward, 88, formerly of Shadyside, OH passed away August 8, 2021 in Tampa, FL.
She was born in Dilles Bottom, OH Sept 29, 1932. Growing up in Big Run Hollow and Pinch Run, Mom took great pride in being a coal miner’s daughter from humble beginnings. She graduated from Bellaire HS in 1950 and worked in banking and office management. She later worked at Pat’s dental office which she enjoyed immensely due to the close-knit staff. She raised her family in Shadyside and was a beloved Green Acres Mom.
She was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Agnes Gmeindl, special aunts Rosie and Susie Gmeindl and her husband, Don Ward who she married in 1971. She is lovingly survived by her five children, Pat Long (Mary Jo), Lori Root (Malcolm), Tim Long (Steph), and Susie Kudryk (Bruce) all of Florida and Gary Long of Illinois, her 8 grandchildren, Megan Gibbons (Casey), Matt Long, Aaron and Ben Root, Harrison and Hunter Long, Kelly and Erika Kudryk and her great-granddaughter Gabby Gibbons who all adored their Grandma Rose. She is also survived by her sister Shirley Dunlap (Tom) of Athens, OH and her brother Lou Gmeindl (Lorenza) of Arizona with whom she shared many special memories, nephew and nieces Tom Dunlap, Debbie Kroner, Wendy Neto and many extended relatives and friends.
Mom was a force to be reckoned with. Somehow she always knew what we were up to. She raised five kids with the perfect blend of grit, love and guidance. She was supportive and proud of us. She was a constant presence at our sporting and school events. Never shy to give her opinion, she would tell you how she felt whether you liked it or not. Her spunky personality mixed with sass and dry wit was legendary around town. She was a surrogate mother and mentor to many. Mom had the unique ability to connect to people of all ages. You could always find her at the salon as she refused to go gray, the library, eating at Good Thymes or sitting on the porch at her home of over 50 years.
She was a member of the Methodist Church and volunteered throughout the community. Interests included bowling, reading, knitting, crafting, dancing, theatre and cheering on the Buckeyes and Steelers. She made special memories wintering in Florida and on travels to NYC, the Carolinas, Florida, Mexico, Colombia, and Italy.
Rosanne is irreplaceable and will be forever missed and loved. Her legacy will live on in the many lives she touched.
There will be a family gathering in Tampa to celebrate her life and a memorial in Shadyside at a later date.
Donations in Rosanne’s memory can be made to the Shadyside Library 4300 Central Ave. Shadyside, OH 43947.