Rose Rizzuto, Grandma Rose, Aunt Rose or Rosie passed away Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the Crook County Long Term Health Care Center following a long term struggle with Alzheimer’s. Rose was 88 years old. She was born December 19, 1922, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Harry and Mary (Reidy) Fleming. Rose and her twin sister, Doris lived in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area for the majority of their childhood. Rose often told of teaching swimming lessons as a teenager and attending Tech High School so that she would not have to take math.
Harry worked as a mechanic in the US Army and as a civilian instructor for the Army. During WWII, Harry, Mary, and Rose lived in Cheyenne while stationed at FE Warren AFB. Rose worked on radios in support of the war. At the end of the war, Rose took a job with the US Brush factory in Cheyenne making emery boards. She frequently reflected on the fact that gluing them together would leave her fingers raw. Rose also told of walking home from work past the Budweiser Factory and stopping in once in awhile for a beer.
Cheyenne is where she met Frank Rizzuto. Rose and Frank were married in Cheyenne. They had two children Anita (Annie) and Karen (Bud). Upon Frank’s untimely death in 1947, Rose, being pregnant with Karen and Annie only being 2, moved back to Omaha where they lived with her parents. Rose was always a good provider. When she returned to Omaha she immediately got a job with her brother in law, Stanley Micek, at Gate City Steel. She worked her entire life.
When the family moved to Alva, Wyoming, in 1954 Rose worked in Belle Fourche as a bookkeeper for the First National Bank of Belle Fourche during the day and often waited tables at the Don Pratt in the evening, for Mabel Youngberg. Rose boarded in town with Mrs. Aberly and later with Annabelle Geis as Highway 24 was not yet paved. She often reflected on the state of the road with its deep ruts. When Annie married Jerry Fish in 1960, Rose moved back to Omaha to work in the Stockyard Bank and later at Omaha National Bank. While living in Benson, Rose worked at the US Bank in Omaha as a bookkeeper/supervisor until her retirement in 1988 when she returned to Wyoming to live near her daughter and son-in-law, Jerry and Annie. Rose enjoyed retirement working in her yard and going on long walks until she became afflicted with Alzheimer’s.
In the fall of 2007, Rose moved to the Long Term Health Care facility in Sundance. Rosie was looked upon as a delightful person who loved music and walking. A devout Catholic, Rose asked that there be no service and that she be buried in a flower garden. Pursuant to her wishers she will be buried near Aladdin near her best friend and confidant, Chuffe, her golden retriever.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Rizzuto; her twin sister, Doris Micek; daughter, Anita Fish; grandson, Bradley Fish and granddaughter, Mary (Tammy) Dunbar.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen Dunbar, Casper, Wyoming; Son in law, Jerry Fish, Aladdin Wyoming; Grandchildren, Tina Fish, Aladdin, Michael Fish (Debbie), Gillette Wyoming, Neil Dunbar, Gillette, Susan Marshall (Bill), Gillette, John Dunbar (Patty), Oak Harbor Washington, Josh Dunbar, Casper; She also has numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews, who will certainly miss her.
A memorial has been established to the Activities Department at the Crook County Long Term Health Care Center.
An online guest book is available at www.klinefuneralchapel.com.