Rosa Roete
September 6, 1935-February 21, 2023

Rosa, born in Aalst, Belgium to the late Gustaf and Josephine deSchryver, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by family on February 21, 2023 at the age of 87. Rosa was a wonderful, kind, humble woman of faith who helped take care of everyone around her. She was strong through all her loss and she was a woman of grace who loved her family fiercely.

Rosa lost her mom at the age of three, and her Father was deported to a work camp in Germany, so Rosa was sent to live with her Grandmother Rosalie and her Aunt Hilde. She emigrated to Canada with her Father, at the age of 15, where she worked as a seamstress. She met her future husband, Hubert, who was also from Belgium. They married in 1953 and their first daughter, Anne, was born in Montreal in 1955. A short time later they went to Detroit where their second daughter, Doris, was born. Then they moved to Laguna Beach, California where they had three more children — Christine, Brigitte, and finally a boy, Mark.

After 13 beautiful years in Southern California they packed up the five kids and moved to Loleta to follow Hubie’s dream of becoming a dairy farmer. Rosa worked for many years at the Loleta Grocery Store where she made many lifelong friends. On the farm she took care of the calves and kept the books. Rosa loved to cook and bake. She was famous for her Belgian Waffles. Their farmhouse was always filled with children, grandchildren, love and laughter, especially during the holidays. Throughout her life she liked to sew, making all the kids clothes, she enjoyed swimming with Hubie at EPT for many years, and she loved to watch her children and grandchildren play basketball.

She is survived by her children; Anne Hornsby, Doris (Robert) Echeveria, Christine (Jeff) Jacobs, Mark (Rebecca) Roete and Son-In-Law David Finkelstein (Brigitte) as well as her grandchildren; Domenic (Heather) Belli, Andrew (Deanna) Belli, Laura (Robert) Hastings, Brittanie Hornsby, Ryan (Jamie) Cox, Jason (Melissa) Cox, Dustin Echeveria, Julie (Jon) Whinnery, Kyle Jacobs, James (Angela) Jacobs, Kelsey (Cody) Beaton, Michael Jacobs, Janay Jacobs, Jennifer Jacobs, Emily Jacobs, Arie Finkelstein, Rachel Finkelstein, Nathan Finkelstein, Coty Schraeder, Lily Wagner, Jackson Wagner and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren as well as numerous relatives in Belgium.

She was preceded in death by her Husband, Hubie, her daughter Brigitte and her son-in-law Rick Hornsby. There will be a celebration of life in the summer, date to be announced.


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