Rosa K. Gelder
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“Dear Cindy, Sondra and families...I have often said that I never met a Gelder who wasn't just as nice as could be and your Mother surely fit the...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Marnie Weber - St.Joseph, , MI

“It is with heartfelt sympathy for all of your family, Rosa was a very special lady who always did for others. May her memory be a comfort and her...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Pam Slavin Lichtenstein - Skokie, IL

“Cindi and Sondra, Your mother was a very sweet person. She will be missed. I Loved our little talks. She always asked how my daughter was doing. She...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Robin Dothsuk - St Joseph, MI

“Sondra and Cindy, My thoughts are with you on the passing of your Mother. She was one of my Mother's dearest and best friend. I cherish all the...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Todd Pollyea - Hunt Valley, MD

“So sorry to hear of Rosa's passing. She along with Rose Goldstein were my sponsors when I converted back in the 90s. Wonderful woman, Rosa! So...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Jan Umbenhaur - Benton Harbor, MI

“Farewell, to a true lady in every sense. We will miss our "catch-up" phone conversations and your cheerful persona. We are sorry that we cannot be...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Bert Gelder - San Mateo, CA

“Sencere condolences at this time. Prayers are being said. the Slavin family carla Slavin-klein And all ”
7 of 21 | Posted by: Carla Slavin-Klein - FL

“What a beautiful lady, Rosa was. I knew her when I was the Manager at Lakecrest Ravine. She was always smiling, and happy--simply a joy to be...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Gail Kenworthy - St. Joseph, MI

“My thoughts & prayers are with you all. May the memories you share bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Love, Maryann ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: Maryann Nemeth - Riverview, MI

“I am so sorry to be missing the funeral. Aunt Rosa was such a warm, loving person. It was always special to be able to visit with her when we were in...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Hannah Gelder - Chicago, IL

“Dear Cindy, My heartfelt and sincere sympahty to you and your families. I have known you and your Mom since I was four years old. Your Mom's gentle...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Linda Burson - Heber, AZ - Friend

“Dear Burch and Levin Family, What a wonderful life your mother/grandmother had! She was the matriarch of the family who passed on her sweet,...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Chad Mandarino - St. Joseph, MI

“Dear Sondra and Cindy: Our deepest sympathy for your loss. In Rosa's memory, we have made a donation to the Tempel B'nai Shalom and our thoughts...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: The Gelder Family - Benton Harbor, MI

“May your memories and the love of your family and friends bring you peace and comfort. We are thinking of you. Jennifer, Maxim, and Milena ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Jennifer Starchenko - MI

“Dear Sondra & Cindy, I am so saddened to hear of the passing of your mom. I can't tell you all the wonderful, happy memories I have of her and my...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Celiarose Pollyea Varner - MI

“Dear Cindy and Sondra, Your mother was a very special person and her memory will always have an honored place in my heart. Rosa was a light, and...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Anne Vandermolen - Saint Joseph, MI

“May her wonderful, long life always be for a blessing to your family. ”
17 of 21 | Posted by: Candice Feldt - Somerville, MA

“Sending our condolences from the Macia family. ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Michelle Macia - Columbus, OH

“Our deepest condolences to your family during this difficult time. The Jozwiak family ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Becky Jozwiak

“We were happy to have met Rosa and will miss seeing her at Caretel. Our deepest sympathies are with you at this difficult time. Bill and Diane...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Bill and Diane Davidson

“Sincerest condolences. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Jeff, Beth & Addison ”
21 of 21 | Posted by: Jeff Nemeth - MI


Rosa K. Gelder, 103, of St. Joseph, passed away, Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Caretel Inns in St. Joseph.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Burial will follow at Temple Bethel Cemetery in Benton Harbor. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caretel Inns Arlington House, Hospice at Home, Temple B'nai Shalom, St. Joseph-Lincoln Senior Center, Hadassah, or Maude Preston Palenske Memorial Library. Those wishing to sign Rosa's Memory Book online may do so at www.stark-menchinger.com.

Rosa was born February 8, 1910 in Edgerton, Wisconsin to William & Bessie (Krupp) Kritt. The family moved to Benton Harbor, where she graduated high school in 1927 as Salutatorian. Rosa worked for the family business, Kritt's Grocery in Benton Harbor. On February 17, 1935, she married Maurice B. Gelder in Benton Harbor. Rosa devoted her life to caring for her husband, children and grandchildren. She was a member of Temple B'nai Shalom & Hadassah, and volunteered her time at Mercy Hospital and Maude Preston Palenske Memorial Library. Rosa enjoyed reading, baking, playing bridge and spending time with her family.

Rosa is survived by her daughters-Sondra (Al) Levin of Benton Harbor, Cindy (Andrew) Burch of St. Joseph; six grandchildren-Beth (Sandi Jo Malmon) Levin, Bruce (Donna) Levin, Jonathan (Ronda) Levin, Micah (Natalie) Burch, Joshua (Rebecca) Burch, Miriam (Rob Phillips) Burch; thirteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers-Ben & Jake Kritt, two sisters-Lillian Milan & Faye Skolnik, and her husband Maurice on July 21, 1989.

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