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Rosa Lee Hemmen

01/12/1933 - 07/16/2020

Rosalie ( Rosa) Hrovatic Hemmen of Mesa, Arizona passes away July 16, 2020 from complications following orthopedic surgery. Born in 1933 to Joseph and Frances (Kastelic) Hrovatic in Salem, Ohio, Rosalie was second to the youngest of thirteen children.

Rosalie attended Salem High School and after graduation pursued a career in the United States Air Force. It was there she met her husband, Marcel, and they wed in 1953. Marcel’s career in the United States Air Force took them all over the United States and the Hemmen’s four daughters were born in four different states. Daughter Judith in California, Jennifer in Michigan, Rebecca in Montana and Elizabeth in North Dakota.

Rosalie and her family eventually retired to Salem, Ohio where they lived for many years with a subsequent move to Ocala, Florida and finally settled in Mesa, Arizona.

Rosalie is survived by her husband of 67 Years, Marcel: daughter Judy also of Mesa: daughter Jenny ( Steve) of Payson, Arizona; daughter Becky of Akron, Ohio as well as nine grandchildren and ten great- grandchildren. Rosalie was preceded in death by daughter, Elizabeth in 2008.

Of the original thirteen siblings only one now remains, brother Jim ( Barb) Hrovatic of Salem, Ohio.

A private viewing is pending.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the St. Mary’s food bank or to the St. Jude foundation.



  • May The Lord give you the peace and love you need at this time.

  • Dear Jenny and family,
    I’m very saddened to hear of the passing of your Mom. Twelve siblings? Wow, the stories she must have had. May you be comforted by her memories.

    and Love,
    Mardell and Will

  • My sincere sympathy to your family Jenny..💕

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Rosa was such a gracious and kind woman who will always be remembered fondly.

  • Ralph and Patricia E Dumovic

    Sympathy and prayers for family and friends at this time of loss. Rosa was always welcoming to all she met. She always had a smile on her face, even when she was in pain. You will be missed but I know you are celebrating with your daughter and all the family in Heaven.

  • Goodbye grandma, we’ll miss you. Sending love to all the family,
    Dan, Emily, Sadie, and Daniel

  • My family is thinking of you at this time.
    She will be missed. Sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time

  • Marcia Brickson and Jerry Mlynek

    Prayers for the family during this time. So happy to have met Judy’s parents and spent time with Rosa.
    She will be keenly missed by us and everyone that knew her.
    Donation to St. JUDES in her name.

  • Sending love and condolences to Uncle Marcel and all of Aunt Rosa’s family. Our wonderful Aunt will be greatly missed. RIP dear Aunt until we meet again.

  • My condolences to the family. May God be with you at the difficult time.

  • Larry and Chris Hrovatich

    Thinking of our Arizona family, especially Uncle Marcel. So sorry to hear of Aunt Rosalie’s passing. You are all in our prayers.

  • My condolences, prayers and love for your family.

  • My condolences to all the family members. Rosa was such a great and wonderful lady. She will be missed by all.

  • Prayers for all of the Hemmen family, sorry for your loss

  • Jenny,
    Thinking about you in these sad times. If there is anything we can do to help you please let me know. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
    ♡♡Karen and Mike

  • Cynthia Laing

    I will miss you my dear friend, may you rest in peace. My thoughts and prayer to the Hemmen Family

  • I love you Grandma, we all do.
    You will definitely be missed.

  • Thoughts and prayers for the Hemmen family. I am so sorry for your loss. Rosa was a very sweet lady. She will be missed. Rest In Peace Rosa.

  • Dad, Judy, Jenny, ALL my nieces and nephews, I am so sorry I couldn’t be there for all of you so we could grieve together. I am praying for all of us and I know that mom is with Liz and her mom and sisters and brothers and looking over ALL of us from heaven regardless of the state or country we are living in. I miss you all and I hope God’s love will comfort you in this time of loss.

  • I shall always remember and miss my loving long time friend Rosa. Thoughts and prayers for all the family.

  • Home-Ron & Pat Briggs

    Thinking of all of you at this time and sending our love and prayers. We will all miss her special smile (Hrovatic trait), her caring heart and me personally our special conversations. Aunt Rosalie, Rest In Peace, you will be deeply missed.

  • Randa Strader

    I’m thinking of all of my cousins (Judy, Jenny, and Becky) and my uncle Marcel. I know that Aunt Rosalie is with Liz now and they will be looking after all of you!! You are all in my thoughts and prayers, I know how painful this loss is. Love and Prayers to you all!!!!!

  • Missing you mom, All the spring bulbs are in bloom and the robins have returned, I hope you are watching from heaven. I talk to you every day I sure wish you could talk back. I love you mom

  • Thinking about you more than usual today!
    I love you Gma!

  • Rebecca Hemmen

    Thinking about you mom. I wonder if you are at peace.
    Now Uncle Jim is there too, with all your siblings. I wish I could’ve talked to you before you went away. I’m glad you aren’t suffering any more. I love you and pray for you.

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