April 1, 1926 – Aug. 2, 2018
A memorial service for Rose Fetzer, longtime resident of Basin, will be held at Peace Lutheran Church in Basin at 1 p.m., Sept. 8. Rose, 92, passed away Aug. 2 in Grand Junction, Colo. where she had resided since September 2014.
Rose was born April 1, 1926, in Rhein, Saskatchewan, Canada, the daughter of John and Katherine Fuchs Leis. She completed her schooling in Rhein and moved to Regina, Saskatchewan when she was 18 years old. She worked at the Regina Hospital for five-and-a-half years, first as a switchboard operator until she was promoted into information services.
In 1952, Rose moved to Cody and worked for her sister’s family business and then as a dental assistant for Dr. Howe. She married Raymond Paul Fetzer in Cody in 1953. Ray had three children from a previous marriage, Ray Jr., Pamela and Peggy. Their son Randal was born in 1954, and in 1955 Rose’s nephew, Kenny Leis, joined the family.
The family moved to Basin in 1957 where Ray was employed by Big Horn REA. Rose worked at several jobs, including as a clerk at JC Penney’s, Economart and Town & Country.
In 1968 she went to work as a dental assistant to Dr. Eugene Doerr. She retired 12 years later.
Rose played softball, loved to ride her bike and spent hours crocheting and knitting. She loved to cook and bake and was an avid bridge player.
She and Ray loved to travel; they spent many winters in Arizona and often traveled to Canada.
She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Greybull and later at Peace Lutheran Church in Basin.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Raymond; her stepson, Ray Fetzer Jr.; her parents, John and Katherine Leis, five sisters and six brothers.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kenneth Leis of Grand Junction, Colo., and Randal and Lane Fetzer of Aurora, Colo.; two step-daughters and their spouses, Pamela and John Babson of Cheyenne and Peggy and Terry Melander of Kenai, Alaska; one sister, Betty Kochaniuck of Regina, and 12 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Rose’s name to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.