Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 4, 2014

Roseannah L. Keith

GRAWN — Roseannah L. Keith, 87, of Grawn, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Tendercare Health Center - Birchwood.

Roseannah was born on June 8, 1926, in Grawn, to Ulna Harger and Bernice (Hessem) Harger. On Feb. 25, 1946, Roseannah married LaVerne Keith in Traverse City.

She worked at Montgomery Ward for 15 years, did day care for many years in her home and also worked for Blair Township.

Roseannah was a very generous person who took great joy in helping others. She was very active in her community. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Eagles Auxiliary, Grawn Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Buckley Old Engine Club, TOPS and Chat and Chew Bunco Club. Roseannah was proud of the many years she worked as an election official.

She was an avid camper and in her younger years enjoyed deer hunting in the Upper Peninsula with LaVerne. She loved gardening and doing anything outside.

Roseannah is survived by her daughter, Pamela (John) Hamstra, of Traverse City; grandson, Jason (Rebecca) Hamstra, of Metamora; the loves of her life, great-granddaughters, Kaitlynd and Alexis Hamstra; sister, Willo (Cal) Spangler, of Grawn; brother, Caroll (Lucille) Harger, of Manton; special cousin, Sharon Hott, of Grawn; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by husband, LaVerne Keith in 2008; her parents; and an infant sister.

Roseannah’s family would like to thank the entire staff at Birchwood for the excellent care and loving kindness she received during her time there. She thought of you all as her extended family.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, May 12, 2014, at the Grawn United Methodist Church, where the family will greet friends one hour prior.

Roseannah was passionate about helping with her great-granddaughters’ education. Memorial contributions may be made to Pamela Hamstra for the college fund for Kaity and Lexi or to charity of one’s choice.

Please visit Roseannah’s webpage at to sign the guestbook and share a message with her family.

The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.

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