Rosalie passed peacefully on October 15th, 2020 in Canton, Georgia. She was doing what she enjoyed most of her life, just finishing a walk. In God’s graciousness there was no pain or suffering at the time of her death. Her weakened heart could just no longer offer her life on earth.
Rosalie Ann Shyner was born at home, on Thanksgiving Day, 1927, in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She was born to Frank and Mary (Zelinski) Shyner. Rosalie, (Rose as her friend’s and family knew her), met her spouse, Thomas Roditus, at a roller rink. They often enjoyed skating together in their youth, and were an excellent pair at dance skating. They married on April 10th, 1948, at St. Stephen’s Church in Plymouth, PA. Rose and her husband relocated to Detroit, MI so he could gain employment in the auto industry as a welder and mechanic. They settled in Hazel Park, MI as they raised their three adopted children. Rose and her husband were members of St. Mary Magdalen Parish, in Hazel Park, MI for many years. Rose’s faith was an integral part of her life. She was a member of the Christian Service Guild, and visited shut-ins and those at nursing homes. Rose participated in other service projects at the Church and School where her children attended, and was a member of the parent’s choir at Bishop Foley High School. She loved to sing whether in Church, at home, or traveling in the car. Rose was a homemaker for the majority of her life. She was also employed as a hotel housekeeper in the 1980’s, and was self-employed in that industry for private homeowners. For Rose, cleanliness was most certainly next to Godliness.
Rose loved babies and children, and took much joy in helping to raise her grandchildren in MI. In her later years Rose and her husband settled in Sterling Heights, MI and attended St. Mary of the Hills Parish in Rochester Hills. Rose and Tom were married for 70 years before his death in 2018. After her husband’s passing, Rose relocated to Orlando, Florida for four months to spend time with her son, Tom, and his family. After that she relocated to Canton, Georgia with her youngest daughter. While there Rose attended Our Lady of the Mountains Parish in Jasper, Georgia. She loved the drive up to the mountains, a short distance from her home. It was reminiscent of the mountains in which she lived as a child in Pennsylvania. Rose loved being out among people, and was always ready with a hug or smile for anyone she met. She was an inspiration to many for her level of activity, her youthful appearance, and so much spunk at her age of 92.
Rose is predeceased by her husband Thomas Albert, her son, Thomas Michael, her parents, Frank and Mary Shyner, and her brother, Frank. She is survived by her daughters, Theresa (Gene) Brady of Novi, Michigan, and Lori (Troy Hickman) Sims-Hickman of Canton, Georgia, and a daughter-in-law, Linda (Weaver) Roditus of Orlando, FL. Rose is also survived by sisters, Estelle Brown of Crawfordville, FL, MaryAnne Piscotty of York Springs, PA, and a brother, George Shyner of Swoyersville, PA, along with a sister-in-law, Helen Skovira of Plymouth, PA. Rose truly cherished her nine grandchildren, Cameron, Jillian, Collin, Caitlin, Jonathan, Nolan, Laramie, Lina and Joseph. She also loved being a great-grandmother to Aurora, Vivian, Indy, and Florence. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews who had elevated her to “Best Aunt,” status.
Memorial Mass in Michigan will be held on Thursday, November 5th, 2020 at 10 am at St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church...2675 John R. Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. Interment Friday, November 6th at 12:30 pm at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI.
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