Former Juneau resident Rosina Messerschmidt Schmitz Staveland, 90, died Jan. 25, 2002.
She was born in Juneau on Jan. 9, 1912, to Juneau pioneers Gustav and Gertrude Messerschmidt, and lived in Juneau until moving to Seattle in 1949.
Her family members said she was a homemaker and delighted in making favorite German and other meals for family and friends. They said she loved to attend the yearly Juneau-Douglas Picnic in Seattle to see and visit with longtime friends, reminisce about the old days in Juneau and catch up on the news.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Jack Schmitz, Sven Staveland, friend Richard Kobbevik and son Jack Schmitz Jr.
She is survived by her son Dale (Jenn) Schmitz, Juneau; daughter Karen (Tom) Folkerts, Renton, Wash.; daughter-in-law Rosanne Schmitz, Bellingham, Wash.; sisters Frances Stephenson, Seal Beach, Calif., and Katherine Shaw, Juneau; and numerous nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Remembrances may be made to Providence Hospice of Seattle or Hospice and Homecare of Juneau, 3200 Hospital Drive. There will be a memorial service in Renton in late August.
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