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Sylvia Ruth Rosinski, 81, of Traverse City, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 at King Adult Living while surrounded by her loving family. Sylvia was born Wednesday, June 3, 1936 to Fred and Ruth (Akins) McWatters in Petoskey.
She graduated from Traverse City High School in 1954.
She married Gordon Rosinski Jan. 29, 1955, and together they shared 56 years of marriage.
In 2004 she overcame her fear of flying and traveled to Hawaii with her sisters on a trip of a lifetime.
Sylvia loved children. She raised eight children of her own and was a "mom" to many others. During the summer months there would always be a dozen or so neighborhood children around the Rosinski home. She turned her love of children into practice and opened a day care that she ran for many years. Sylvia also worked at Meijer for 10 years.
She was a member of the Mt. Zion Family Worship Center.
She is survived by her daughters, Carlene Rosinski, of Traverse City, and Ruthanne (Gordon) Jesse, of Seattle, Washington; sons, Edward Rosinski, of Traverse City, Norm (Kathy) Rosinski, of Traverse City, Jim Rosinski, of Buckley, Steven (Sarah) Rosinski, of Traverse City, Bill (Jamie) Rosinski, of Traverse City, and Chuck (Amanda) Rosinski, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, sisters, Virginia (Max) Bolser, Sharon (Louis) LaFranier and Donna Penland; brother, Richard (Sylvia) McWatters; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Rosinski; and parents, Fred and Ruth (Akins) McWatters.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m., at the Mt. Zion Family Worship Center. Pastor Jared Ingle will officiate services.
Those wishing an expression of sympathy may direct contributions to Feed the Children Foundation, 333 N. Meridian, Oklahoma City, OK 73107; American Cancer Society, 129 S. Jefferson S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503; or the Alzheimer's Association, NW Michigan Chapter, 921 11th St., Suite 1W, Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Sylvia with her family by way of her online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on August 6, 2017
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