Arlene M. Rossitto died Thursday, March 5, 2009, at Good Samaritan Care Center in Oberlin, at the age of 92.
She was born Sept. 5, 1916, at Sturgis, S.D., the daughter of the late Elmer Peter and Anna Sophie (Lanouette) Bachand. Arlene grew up in the Bear Butte Valley east of Sturgis and graduated from high school at St. Martrin's Academy in Sturgis in 1934 and attended business college at Rapid City, S.D. She began working in the Mead County Court House in Sturgis.
On Nov. 19, 1940, Arlene married Carl Joseph Rossitto at Lincoln, Neb., and they came to McCook in 1942. Arlene's faith inspired two generations of Rossittos. She instilled her faith and love of learning, travel and music in her children. Generous, warm hospitality founded her children and grandchildren's careers in an array of service to others.
Following the death of her husband, Carl, Arlene became a clerk in the Red Willow County Clerks office serving from 1976, until her retirement in 1992.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl on Jan. 15, 1973; her parents; two brothers, Ambrose and wife, Florence and James Bachand; and brother-in-law, Maurice Ricard.
Arlene's survivors include two sons, and three daughters, Carl and Jeannene (Pavel) Rossitto of Omaha, Neb., James Rossitto of New Orleans, La., Shirley and Richard Young of Minden, Neb., Mary and Wayne Johnson of Pleasant Hill, Iowa and Patricia and Mark Messinger of McCook; one sister, Bernadette Ricard of Piedmont, S.D.; one brother, Wilbur Bachand and wife, Jeanne of Sturgis; sisters-in-law, Frances Bachand of Rapid City, Martha Rossitto of Lincoln and Esther Rossitto of Forte St. Lucie, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Shawn Young, Shelly (Young) Bennett, Andrea (Rossitto) Majors, Jami (Rossitto) Carey, Chad Johnson, Carissa (Johnson) Stangl, Paul Messinger, Amy (Messinger) Bohmont and David Messinger; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 7, 2009, from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., at Herrmann Funeral Home in McCook.
Funeral services and burial will be at Sturgis.
Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.