Rozella Marie Heitger

March 28, 1944April 2, 2013
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Rozella M. (Grubbs) Heitger, 69, of Harrison, OH, passed away in Springfield, MO, on April 2, 2013. Rozella was born March 28, 1944, in Hamilton, OH, to Irene (Gauck) and Howard S. Grubbs, who both preceded her in death. Surviving immediate family members include her husband Les, whom she married on June 11, 1966, son Dan and daughter-in-law Jeanette of Oxford, OH, and their three children Allyson (15), Hannah (11), and Jack (8); daughter Christy Ewing and son-in-law Eric of Avon, IN, and their two sons Kyler (8) and Trevyn (2); and brothers Larry and Dwight Grubbs of Harrison, OH. Rozella graduated second in her class from William Henry Harrison High School. She then went to Miami University to study elementary education. On April 12, 1963, she went home with her college roommate for Easter weekend and met her husband, Les, on a blind date. It was love at first sight. At the beginning of her junior year, she transferred to Ohio State where she earned her degree in Education. She then moved to Denver, CO, where she taught second and third grade while her husband earned a MBA. Next, she moved to East Lansing, MI, where she taught fourth grade in Lansing Public Schools while her husband earned a Ph.D. in Business. In 1972, Rozella and Les moved to Bloomington, IN, with their new son Dan where Les started teaching in the Indiana University Business School. Rozella then embarked on her most important career—raising her children and enjoying them to the fullest. A year and a half after arriving in Bloomington, her daughter, Christy, was born and Rozella became a full-time wonderful mother. She was extremely active in her children’s school activities. The homemade, hand-decorated Christmas cookies that she intricately decorated for classroom parties were legendary. She also baked the yummiest cake for the school carnival’s Cake Walk. Every year, Dan and Christy made it their mission to win back their mom’s cake. On the years they weren’t successful, they would be so dejected. But Rozella just smiled and said, “Don’t worry. When we get home, I’ll make another.” When Christy started to school, she would return home each afternoon, eager to tell her mom about the day’s events. Both Rozella and Christy treasured this “chit-chatting” tradition, which carried on throughout Christy’s entire school career. In 1981, Rozella and her family purchased a summer place on Mullett Lake in northern Michigan. From then on, the family has spent summers enjoying one another at their haven away from home. When Dan and Christy started families of their own, the lake became a destination of choice for every member of the family, which now totals five grandchildren. Mom was the lie-in-bed-with-the-grandkids, story-telling, back-scratching queen. Plus, her boundless energy was inspiring—the way she constantly played, cooked, baked, laughed, and loved. Rozella’s love for and commitment to her grandchildren extended to everyday life throughout the year, though she was perhaps the happiest when hanging out with them at the lake. Without question, the grandkids adored Grandma’s enthusiasm for lake life. For instance, if they wanted to set up a tent at the cabin—either indoors or outdoors—she was up for the adventure, excited to experience it with them, even if it resulted in a sore back and stiff muscles come morning. If the kids requested to play a dozen straight games of Clue, Uno, or Kickball, she was all in. Grandma was even known to occasionally jump in the lake, fully clothed, for no other reason than to amuse her grandchildren. She swam with them, even if the water was frigid. She took them fishing, cheering each time someone reeled in even the tiniest of perch. She played endless games of cards while sprawled out in the Sea Ray’s cuddy cabin. She swung in the hammock with the kids, played water volleyball, coached them in pinochle, and always packed the best boat picnics. More than anything, she demonstrated to us all, on a daily basis, how to squeeze every bit of enjoyment out of life. Rozella was a caring, empathetic, supportive, and happy person who made an impression on everyone she met. An amazing number of people who only met her once or twice have vivid memories of what a thoughtful, sweet, and uplifting person she was. Even those who barely knew her note what a treasure she was. Just this week, someone commented that the first time he met Rozella, he felt like he was meeting an old friend he had known for years. Rozella had a warm smile, childlike innocence, and welcoming spirit that emanated through her beautiful brown eyes. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, baking, boating, and going to the movies, but nothing trumped her most treasured role as wife, mother, and grandmother. The pride and love she had for her family was immeasurable and never-ending. Friends may call at the Day Funeral Home, 4150 E. Third St., Bloomington, from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 8, at Faith Lutheran Church, 2200 S. High St., Bloomington. Visitation at the church will precede the service (9:30-10:30 a.m.). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA, in memory of Rozella M. Heitger.


  • Visitation Sunday, April 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 8, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, April 8, 2013

Rozella Marie Heitger

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Randy & Judy Grubbs

April 10, 2013

Les, Dan, Christy, Larry, Dwight and families,
Our deepest sympathy in the sudden loss of your beloved Rozella. She was always so happpy to see everyone when we got together at family reunions. Such a complete joy to know and be around. (As I think of her now, I can hear her laughter) We know you will miss her deeply and we are keeping all of you in our prayers.

April 10, 2013

Dear Les, Dan, & Christy,

Terence & I were so saddened to hear of Rozella's passing. I have such wonderful memories of the many times I spent with her & how much fun she always was. What first comes to mind is the year she & I co-chaired the Childs School Carnival. We searched far & wide for the goodies we made available as prizes for the kids. We laughed ourselves silly with some of the things we found. I'm so grateful, too, for her having lined us up with Myrtha for our piano lessons. Remember those recitals!! Rozella will always hold a special place in my heart.
Love & Blessings, Diane & Terence Thayer

Olen Greer

April 9, 2013

Les, Gail and I are remembering you and your family in our prayers on a daily basis. Reading the tribute to your wife touched my heart. The loss and pain you must feel are incalculable. We are crying with you, but at the same time, rejoicing in the fact that you have so many precious memories. If there is anything I can do to lighten your load at this most difficult time, please don't hesitate to ask. I appreciate you so very much. May God comfort you and your family.

Jan Broomfield

April 8, 2013

Dear Les and family
We cannot find the words to explain how saddened we are about your loss. And wish there was a way to lessen the pain and sorrow you are experiencing.... Please know that we are thinking of you..Jan and Skip Broomfield

Carole Holliday

April 8, 2013

Les, Dan and Christy, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you mourn the loss of Rozella. I never thought that our visit at the class reunion would be our last. Rozella was a very good friend of mine during our high school days as well as through the years. She was always a genuine person and so much fun. Sorry I wasn't able to make it to the funeral.
The pictures showed the many good times you were able to share and cherish forever.
Thoughts and prayers,

Carole Holliday, Harrison, Ohio

Julie Head

April 7, 2013

Dear Les and family,

I am so very sorry to hear about Rozella. I hope your many wonderful memories will help you through this difficult time. I am thinking and praying for all of you. Much love, Julie Head

Les Heitger

April 7, 2013

Rozella was the love of my life. I met her on a blind date April 12, 1963 and fell in love with her immediately. We dated for three years during college, and after taking her to the movie "Sound of Music" I proposed to her and she accepted. I was elated. With each passing year, I loved her more. She was a fantastic mother, a world-class grandmother, and a wonderful wife. We went through life doing everything together and always holding hands wherever we went. She was the one person our entire family relied on for strength, wisdom, guidance, caring, and love. I truly believe I was blessed with a storybook marriage. I will love her for all eternity.

April 7, 2013

Les & Family:

The life story that appeared in the HT about Rozella is beautiful and touching. She was obviously a wonderful wife, mother, and person. Our very best wishes in this difficult time to you all.

Jamie & Kathy Pratt

Peggy Hite

April 7, 2013

Dear Les, Dan, and Christy,
I do not know how you deal with the sadness of missing someone so very special. Rosella was such a genuinely warm, welcoming, and loving person. She had so much positive energy that is was a joy to be around here. You all gave her so much love, just as she gave to you. What a wonderful family you are. She will always be a part of you, and I know you have wonderful memories to cherish.
May you find peace in those memories. Sorry, I am out of state and cannot be there to honor Rozella on Monday. Most sincerely, Peggy Hite

Laureen Maines

April 7, 2013

Dear Les, Dan, and Christy,

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your beloved wife and mother. Rozella was one of the most gracious and warm people that I have ever met. Although I did not see her frequently, she always sought me out at faculty events to ask how I was and catch up with me. It seemed like she coiuld simply pick up where our conversation had left off many months prior. She had the ability to make everyone she met feel special and cared for. I also know from working with all three of you that she was a wonderful wife and mother. I know that her passing has left a hole in your family that can't be filled, but I hope the wonderful memories that she created with all of you will help you through this difficult time.