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By Mike Day
Gazette Correspondent 

Rosalia rite honors vets


November 16, 2016


Rosalia Chamber of Commerce President Pat Voge Friday opened the annual Veterans Day ceremony with a welcome at the Rosalia Veterans Park. She thanked those making the event possible including Ken and Veva Hames and Bill and Alice Hofmann.

Mayor Nan Konishi welcomed those in attendance.

Rosalia Boy Scouts in Troop 588 led all in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Veterans Day Prayer was given by Assembly of God Pastor Pat Atchison. Karl Diseldorff sang the national anthem.

Rosalia art teacher Sean Moss, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Iraqi War, spoke on the importance of honoring and thanking our veterans.

Julie Pittmann, state regent of the Washington DAR, presented the veteran wreath, and John Stelzer of Pine City received the Department of Defense and DAR Vietnam Veteran’s Appreciation pin.

The color guard, under Bill Hofmann’s command, presented arms, and the traditional playing of Taps concluded the service.

The boy scouts served a soup lunch at the Rosalia Fire Station following the ceremony.

Word was received in Rosalia that Mary Jane Fullenwider, past Rosalia-Plaza resident, passed peacefully Nov. 5. The daughter of long-time Rosalia farming family Samuel and Jane Fullenwider, Mary Jane grew up on the family farm west of Plaza and attended Rosalia schools until moving to Spokane where she graduated from Marycliff High School in 1961.

During her early years, she enjoyed worshiping at the Rosalia Methodist Sunday School and received membership into the church in 1955. Her lifelong love of art and animals, especially horses, fueled her passions for travel and solitude.

She was predeceased an infant daughter, Barbie, and her husband.

Surviving are a daughter, Connie Ramos; sons Steve Fullenwider, Wally Gillespie and Robert Gillespie; numerous grandchildren, and a brother, Grant Fullenwider.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Rosalia IOOF Evergreen Cemetery with a reception following at the Rosalia United Methodist Church.


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