2019-01-10 / Obituaries

Pauline M. Rose


Pauline M. Rose Pauline M. Rose NEWBERRY – Pauline Mary Ketola Rose, 108, of Newberry, Mich. and formerly of Germfask and Seney, died Thursday afternoon Jan 3, 2019, at Golden Leaves Living Center in Newberry surrounded by her loving family.

Pauline Mary Swisher was born Aug. 1, 1910, in Remus, located in the lower peninsula in Mecosta County. She was the fifth child of 12 children born to Arnold and Adeline Swisher.

At the age of 13 her father and mother moved the family to Germfask, Mich. A year later the family settled west of Seney, where her father began working at the Bullock Ranch.

She attended the Germfask Village School through the 10th grade, as the school only went to that level. She would have had to travel to Manistique to finish her schooling, and that was too far to travel. In those days completing the 10th grade was considered higher education.

Rose received her high school diploma in 1986 through the Senior Citizen Education Program in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.. She earned her diploma based on her life experiences.

She was married to Matias Emil Ketola, whom she met at the ranch in 1927. They owned and operated a gas station in Seney for many years, known as Ketola Service. Between 1927 and 1954, the couple had 14 children.

Rose was instrumental in forming the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germfask and had been an active member ever since.

After the accidental death of Emil in 1959, she married Clifford Rose in 1966. They purchased and operated Cliff’s Restaurant in Germfask until 1975. Cliff died in 1977.

She was one of the first women to serve on the Seney School Board. For many years Rose was a volunteer at the Seney Historical Society and served as Seney Township treasurer from 1940 - 1966.

In 1998 she was engaged to Edward Wilson and lived on her own with her fiancĂ© until she was 101. Pauline had been a resident of Newberry since 2011, residing at the Robin’s Nest, owned by her granddaughter, Robin Ketola.

In addition to her parents and her two husbands, Pauline is also preceded in death by her grandchildren Dianna Ketola, Francine Malindzak, Daniel Bednar, Bruce Bell and Jeff Hayes; greatgranddaughter Sydney Magnusson; siblings Richard Swisher, Ovid Swisher, Lorin Swisher, Marguerite Burns, Arden Swisher, Herman Swisher, Ila McLoud, Della Wiertella and Tillie Derwin; son-in-laws, Francis Malindzak, Edwin Harvey, Robert Bell and William Bednar; daughter-in-laws, Delores Ketola and Gail Ketola.

Survivors include her children: Virginia Harvey of Calvary, Ga., Joyce Bell of Ann Arbor, Mich., Emil “Mark” (Donna) Ketola of Milan, Mich., Sue (Jim) Boggs of Upland, Calif., Henry Ketola of McMillan, Mich., Selma Bednar of Racine, Wis., Helga (Omer) Doran of Germfask, Mich., John (Ellen) Ketola of Tecumseh, Mich., Paul (Regina Beert) Ketola of Pinckney, Mich., Karen (Bernard) Carr of Houghton, Mich., Janice (Jerry) Galor of Newberry, Linda (Russell) Engman of Muskogee, Okla., Kenneth (Diane) Ketola of Tecumseh and Nancy (Paul) Magnusson of Germfask; 39 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren and 57 greatgreat grandchildren.

Visitation at the Grace Lutheran Church in Germfask was held on Monday, Jan. 7, from 4-7 p.m. and also on Jan. 8 from 10-11 a.m. Funeral services celebrating the life of Pauline followed at 11 a.m. with Pastor Arthur Bode officiating. Interment will take place in the spring at Riverside Cemetery in Germfask.

Memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church in her memory. Condolences may be expressed at www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

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