Rita Roselle

Obituary of Rita Roselle

Rita K. Roselle went home to the Lord on August 23, 2020. Rita was born on December 21, 1931 in Chicago, IL and was the daughter of Joseph and Harriet (Burkhardt) Kois.  She attended St. Hyacinth’s Catholic Grade School and graduated from St. Alphonsus Commercial High School. Rita began her 47-year career as a legal secretary at The Chicago Board of Trade and went on to work at various private law firms in Whitewater and Elkhorn.

She married Melvin L. Roselle on October 17, 1959 and they made Whitewater their lifelong home. Rita and Melvin loved Whitewater and early in their marriage rented rooms to single college students in their first home on Park Street. In 1966 they moved into the home they built on Douglas Court where they raised their family. Besides being a working mother, Rita enjoyed cooking delicious family recipes, decorating and hosting family gatherings for all occasions.

Rita’s Catholic faith was central to the life she lived and her membership and service at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church was a life-long endeavor.  She served several terms on the Parish Council and was an active member of the Christian Women’s Altar Society.  Later in life she and her lady friends were known to attend daily mass, communion services, and rosary recitations. 

Rita was a passionate sports fan, rooting for the Green Bay Packers, Marquette Golden Eagles and her two favorite tennis players-Roger Federer and her daughter, Kristin Roselle Summers. She also thrived on following the athletic pursuits of her 5 grandchildren.

Rita will be cherished in memory by her daughter, Cynthia (Richard) Kollauf of Wind Lake, WI and Kristin (Scott) Summers of North Wales, PA;  grandchildren Sara (Jack) Kampf, Nicholas (Lauren) Kollauf, Kristina Kollauf, Shannon (Sean) Zwoyer, and Alex (Noelle Peyton) Summers; and great-grandsons, Casen and Conor Zwoyer.  She joined in heaven her parents, husband, brother, Jerry Kois, and special cousin, Bernadette Reichardt.

A Funeral Mass will be held on August 27, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Whitewater, with a visitation from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery Whitewater.

The Family would like to acknowledge the loving caregivers from Autumn Leaves Memory Care, Franklin, WI and Legacy Hospice, Elm Grove, WI.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to Legacy Hospice Services.

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.nitardyfuneralhome.com