Earthman Baytown Funeral Home

3919 Garth Road, Baytown, TX


Rosa Lee Soileau

March 28, 1931November 24, 2019

Rosa Lee Hanel Soileau, 88, of Baytown, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, November 30th, at 12 p.m. at Earthman Baytown Funeral Home, 3919 Garth Rd in Baytown, with a Memorial Service to follow at 1 p.m. Following the service, she will be laid to rest beside her husband at Palms Memorial Park at 2421 Hwy 146 South of Dayton.

Rosa Lee Hanel was born on March 28, 1931, in Cameron, Texas, the third of four daughters to Oscar and Bertha Schlemmer Hanel. She was a 1951 graduate of Dayton High School. She married Alvin H. Soileau on December 14, 1952. In early marriage, they lived in Freeport and Clute before Alvin's career in law enforcement brought them to Baytown in 1960. Rosa was a homemaker by profession, and was active in the Baytown Police Wives Club while raising her children. In later life, she was active in the Lee College Seniors Group and the Red Hat Society of Baytown. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Kristi and Billy Ritchey of Baytown, son and daughter-in-law Keith and Mary Ann Soileau of Mont Belvieu, grandchildren Christopher Foster of Houston, Joshua Soileau and wife Angela of Houston, and Annie Branch and husband Jonathan of Deer Park, great-grandchildren Miranda Soileau, Logan Soileau and Rebecca Branch, sister and brother-in-law Margie and Mike Ripkowski of Dayton, and nieces and nephews Stephen Wehring and wife Vicki of Dripping Springs, and Gary Ripkowski and wife Karrie of Frisco, and Robert Ripkowski and wife Amy of Dayton. She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin Soileau in 1994, parents Oscar and Bertha Hanel, and sisters Helen Wehring and Theresa Bennett. Serving as Pallbearers will be: Billy Ritchey, Christopher Foster, Joshua Soileau, Jonathan Branch, Gary Ripkowski, and Robert Ripkowski.


  • Billy Ritchey, Active Pallbearer
  • Christopher Foster, Active Pallbearer
  • Joshua Soileau, Active Pallbearer
  • Jonathan Branch, Active Pallbearer
  • Gary Ripkowski, Active Pallbearer
  • Robert Ripkowski, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, November 30, 2019


Rosa Lee Soileau

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Yslita Brewer

November 29, 2019

Cristi, I am so sorry. Rosa and I were the best of friends, including traveling together, playing cards, red hat society, and volunteering with the Lee College Seniors. I am going to miss her and my memory of she and I having so much fun together will always be with me. I will never forget. Love, Yslita Brewer

Sharon & Jerry Raney

November 27, 2019

Keith & Mary Ann,

We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. We are thinking of you.

Love y’all

Jerry & Sharon Raney

Bill and Susan Parnell

November 27, 2019

Keith and Mary Ann,
We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. We know you will miss her so much! We pray that God will bring you peace and comfort in the days and weeks to come.
Love y'all.
Bill and Susan

Matthew Winans

November 26, 2019

I am heartbroken over the loss of such an amazing woman. Rosa and my grandmother, Nan Turner were very close friends for decades. I have many, many memories of being at her house playing with Christopher and my sister Rachel. Rosa always had fresh baked cookies and Tang to drink. She was a kind, generous person and an excellent host.

I will keep all of you in the family in my thoughts and prayers.