Grandson, Timothy encapsulated much of Rosie in a Facebook post, “My grandmother, Rosie Fonger passed away yesterday morning (7/31/2021). She was anything but the typical grandmother, but then again, she was anything but a typical woman. She stood up for the civil rights of others long before there was a movement. She ran businesses and invested in real estate at a time when women didn’t do that. She was tough. Active up until almost the end. Especially golf and bingo. She loved the city of Lowell that she called home and gave back anyway she could. I don’t think my golf swing ever measured up despite her best efforts since I was 4 and she took every opportunity to point out why it was wrong. 9 holes was her was a long ass day. But I could make a vodka tonic to perfection by the age of 5…She taught me that if anyone ever tells you that you can’t do something then they are full of horse shit. Her words. She’s whipping angels into shape now.” Directives she gave about her funeral. “I don’t want some long obituary; they charge way too much for those damn things. I don’t want a minister because nobody wants to sit there and listen to somebody that doesn’t know me to talk about me. I don’t want any flowers at the funeral – I can’t see them – ill be in the casket. All I want is a dozen roses – nobody needs to be wasting money on me for flowers! I want visitation from 11-1 with a short service for about 10-15 minutes if anybody wants to get up and talk about me – then zoop, up to the cemetery and plant me in the ground by 1:20. I’m not paying for no damn reception, but, if people want to gather somewhere after – fine.”
Visitation will be held on from 11 AM- 1 PM on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, with a short service at 1 PM at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell, Michigan, 49331. Donations may be made in her name to Fallasburg Historical Society, 14029 Covered Bridge Rd NE, Lowell, MI 49331, or Lowell Area History Museum, 325 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331. She will be missed by her adoring family and community. If there is a Heaven, she and Mac are up there playing golf and bickering about her next business venture up in heaven – Mac saying no and her saying shell do what she g-d wants to!