Rosemarie Rodat Otis

Born: Tue., Oct. 5, 1926
Died: Sat., Sep. 11, 2010

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Rosemarie Rodat Otis, age 83, of Greensboro, GA, died Saturday morning, September 11, 2010 at her residence. Born on October 5, 1926 in Erie, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Frederick Rodat and Anna Dern Rodat. She graduated from Millcreek High School in Erie, Pennsylvania and received a degree in nursing from St. Luke''s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked for several years after graduation. In 1948 she married W. Clair Otis, who preceded her in death in 1996. They had moved to Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, GA from Rock Island, IL in 1991. Mrs. Otis was an active and devoted member of the Greensboro First Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Greensboro Garden Club and the Greensboro Tree Board. She was an artist and enjoyed painting and ceramics. Lately she enjoyed playing dominoes with her dear friends. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but will be remembered for her kindness and her loving way and will always remain in their hearts.

In addition to her husband, W. Clair Otis, she was preceded in death by a brother, Fred "Fritz" Rodat. She is survived by three daughters, Jana Otis of Eatonton, GA, Lisa Otis of Lexington, KY and Kristen Anderson and husband Larry of Orion, IL; grandchildren, Travis and Haley Anderson of Orion, IL; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services will be held on Monday, September 20, 2010 at 11:00 am. at the First Presbyterian Church, 117 South Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642. There will be a small reception immediately following at the church. The family requests that any memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605-3007. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Jane and Howell Cobb
   Posted Sun September 12, 2010
Dear Jana, Just heard of your mother's death at the memorial service for Bonnie Dalton. We are so saddened by the news. She and your dad were some of our very first friends at Reynolds Plantation. Sorry we have not seen much of her this past year. Our love and prayers surround you and your family. Love Jane and Howell

Pat Hobgood
   Posted Mon September 13, 2010
Just a note to say how special Mrs. Otis was. I have truly enjoyed waiting on Mrs. Otis at BankSouth Financial I will truly miss her. She is one of the nicest people that I know.

B.J. Collier
   Posted Mon September 13, 2010
I was in an Investment Club with Rosemarie for several years. She was always such a lovely and gracious lady. She will be missed by all who knew her. My sincerest sympathies go to her family.

Mrs. Betty Jo Evans
   Posted Mon September 13, 2010
Dear Family, Your mother was such a beautiful lady. I enjoyed being with her at the church and at all other civic events we were involved in. Much love to all of you. God Bless you, BJ

Mary Elzy
   Posted Mon September 13, 2010
On behalf of all the ladies in the Plantation Ladies Club, I extend our deepest sympathy to Rosemarie's family. Rosemarie was one of the first members of Plantation Ladies Club. She will be greatly missed. Mary Elzy, PLC President

Becky & Aaron White
   Posted Tue September 14, 2010
We feel blessed to have been in her her life. She was an encredible, strong, smart, and caring person who will be missed dearly. May she now rest in peace.

Diane Conger
   Posted Tue September 14, 2010
A few times I sat with Rosemarie in church, and I found her to be a delightful lady. Always upbeat. I can remember a time or two when I needed extra volunteers to work the thrift store. She was there, willing to work. There is no doubt she touched many lives.

S Lee
   Posted Wed September 15, 2010
I want to express my sincere sympathy for the loss of your loved one and share the hope promised in the Bible. Isaiah 33:24 promises the time when an end to sickness will become a reality. God will put an end to pain, suffering and even DEATH. God promises at Isaiah 25:8 that death will be swallowed up forever.

Angela Dysart
   Posted Wed September 15, 2010
Very grateful that I spent the summer playing dominoes, watching movies, and getting to know Rosemarie. I will always laugh at how she would come into the kitchen and remark to Jana and I that we were playing dominoes (and most other games) in the wrong direction!

Larry and Vicki Rickard
   Posted Wed September 15, 2010
Jana, Larry and I send our condolences to you and your family as you go through this difficult time. May the love of family and friends help ease the pain and in time bring happy memories to share. Vicki

Donna Renneke
   Posted Wed September 15, 2010
My sympathy to Rosemarie's family. I have wonderful memories of Rosemarie from Ruth Circle at St. James Lutheran Church.

kelley channell
   Posted Thu September 16, 2010
Jana, I just found out about your mom. I will always remember her smiling face, and what a sweet person she was to all she met. She will surely be missed by everyone. Kelley Channell

Phyllis Baker
   Posted Thu September 16, 2010
Dear Jana, So sorry to learn about your mother passing away. Ms Rosemarie was a gracious and lovely person. I enjoyed playing tennis and chatting with her back in the day at the "old plantation". Prayers and deepest sympathy to you my friend. Always, Phyllis Baker

M. Bird Harris
   Posted Sat September 18, 2010
Much sympathy for you all and your family!!!

Jenny Moore
   Posted Sat September 18, 2010
I am so sorry to hear of Rosemarie's passing. She and I were in an investment club together for several years. I enjoyed my association with her and know that she will be greatly missed. She was a lovely, kind and generous person. My sincerest sympathies to her family.

Jim and Ruth Hendrix
   Posted Sun September 19, 2010
Dear friends Jana, Lisa, Kris, Larry, Travis and Hayley- Over the years " momRose" was the person on call for all our family ailments. She had great wisdom to express for those questionable fevers and sprains that popped up from out of nowhere. Who needed a website for a cooking query when she was just a phone call away!A phone call to Rosey and she saved many experimental dinners at our house! We have enjoyed our expanded family matriarch and Rosemarie will remain with us in those fond memories. JMJ

Marina Rodat-Rodgers
   Posted Sat October 16, 2010
I remember visiting my Aunt Rosie back in the 70's, when I was in high school. My dad, Fritz, her brother, flew me out to Owensboro, Kentucky then to Rock Island, Illinois. I was thrilled to be able to have two different times to visit her -- my only aunt on my dad's side -- my Uncle Clair, and my girl cousins, Lisa, Jana, and Kris. I remember Aunt Rosie's smile, laugh, and calm demeanor. And I certainly enjoyed her and my cousin's accents! Being from California, nobody has accents here! The last time that I saw Aunt Rosie was when she came out to California in 2005 for the memorial party for her brother, my dad, Fritz. She and I went to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, which I knew was just the right place to take her since she had a love for gardening. Continued in another space.... Marina Rodat-Rogers

Marina Rodat-Rodgers
   Posted Sat October 16, 2010
She also came to my home north of Sacramento. (I will skip the story of how I prided myself that I lived in a semi "rural" area; which I realized wasn't so rural compared to where my Aunt lived in Georgia.) Anyway, one time she and I went to the strawberry field for fresh strawberries. Aunt Rosie saw the green beans and said she just had to buy them to cook with dinner that night. I cringed wondering what she would think when none of my four boys would eat them. Well they proved me wrong! The boys ate the beans just how Aunt Rosie fixed them..., and they have been eating green beans ever since!! She apologized often for not keeping in touch through letter writing. But we did contact each other more by phone after Fritz died. I always appreciated her interest in what my boys were up to and her thoughts on health issues. I will miss not being able to call her and get her "opinion", or should i say, strong recommendation on things. What more can I say. Marina Rodat-Rodgers