Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 13, 2013

Rose Marie Chippewa Died Oct. 7, 2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — SUTTONS BAY — Rose Marie (Weese) Chippewa, 60, of Suttons Bay, passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Rose was born on May 7, 1953, in Frostproof, Fla., the daughter of Willard William Wendall Weese and Gertrude Marie Schocko. In October of 2006 she married Donald Joseph Chippewa, who preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 2012.

Rose loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to have parties for the holidays and get the family together.

Her dream job was to become a gill net fisherwoman, and that came true when she and her husband, Don, purchased a boat. They loved to spend time on the water and fish.

When they were home Rose and Don loved to make Black Ash baskets. They would spend hours dying Black Ash and then making the baskets. For fun she and Don would go to the casino and spend hours on the penny and nickel machines.

Her favorite show was “I Love Lucy,” and she would watch old reruns on TV Land. She loved to wear black when she was young, and you would rarely catch her wearing anything other than jeans. But later in her life she began to like the colors pink, yellow and other bright colors. Her favorite color was dark green, and she loved to drive her big truck.

But the most important thing to her was to make sure her family was okay. She would let anyone in her family move in with her, and many family members did. There were many years where not only family, but friends would live with her. And that is how she liked it. She always liked to help people.

Rose is survived by her three daughters, Christa Ann Gasca, Ruth Hetzel and Yvette Rose Weese; siblings, Francis J. Weese, Margaret A. Cook, Elizabeth J. Cook, JoAnne Cook-Gasco and Patricia M. Mejia-Cook; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Rose was preceded in death by her sister, Debra K. Weese.

The family will greet friends on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m., until the start of the 11 a.m. funeral service, at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. Mr. Paul Raphael will officiate.

Please share memories with Rose’s family on her online obituary at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.