Rosella "Rosie" Shepard

August 18, 1918March 18, 2021

Rosella “Rosie” Shepard, age 102, passed away peacefully March 18, 2021 at her residence. Born August 18, 1918 in Cleveland, she was a longtime resident of Eastlake. Rosie worked for several years in the Cafeteria at Euclid High School, and was an active member and greeter at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kirtland. Rosie enjoyed crafting and was a proud member of the “hot potato” group. She is survived by her daughters Rosella “Sis” Kazmir and Jean (Garth) Norris; son Art; grandchildren Briana Russ, Pauline, Dan and Jerry Kazmir, and Angela and Marc Shepard; and six great-grandchildren. Rosie is preceded in death by her husband Norwood A.; son Norwood William; son-in-law Jerry Kazmir; and one brother and one sister. Funeral Service 11:00 am Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 8751 Kirtland Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094. Visitation one and one half-hour prior to services at the church. Interment in Knollwood Cemetery, Mayfield Heights.


  • Charles Estrand, Father (deceased)
  • Lydia (nee Van Dyke) Edstrand, Mother (deceased)
  • Norwood A. Shepard, Husband (deceased)
  • Rosella "Sis" Kazmir, Daughter
  • Jean (Garth) Norris, Daughter
  • Art Shepard, Son
  • Norwood William Shepard, Son (deceased)
  • Briana Russ, Granddaughter
  • Pauline, Granddaughter
  • Dan Kazmir, Grandson
  • Jerry Kazmir, Grandson
  • Angela Shepard, Granddaughter
  • Marc Shepard, Grandson
  • Jerry Kazmir, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Six great-grandchildren
    One Brother - (Deceased)
    One Sister - (Deceased)


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

  • Interment

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021


Rosella "Rosie" Shepard

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Richard Taufer

March 24, 2021

Dear Rosie Shepard’s family and friends, God bless each of you at this saddening and sacred time of the passing of such an amazing and magnificent lady. I pray for your comfort, and my comfort, from even a portion of the faith, joy, and peace Rosie had in looking forward to this time to return Home and be with her Heavenly Father, her Savior, and her Norwood. Kathy and I left Ohio16 years ago and were lucky enough to stay in contact with Rosie and always enjoyed being called “my kids” whenever we talked. An excerpt from a 2015 letter to a friend describes how Rosie—and Norwood, too—influenced me.

“Norwood and Rosie Shepard were sweet friends of ours in Ohio who had joined the Church just about the time we arrived there in 1972. I was 31 at that time, and they would have been about 54—Rosie is about 97 now. At that time, the 23-year difference in our ages seemed significant, and they surely did seem "older." I distinctly remember thinking that I wished I could be as positive and happy as Norwood and Rosie and spread as much brightness and kindness as them when I got older. These particular feelings about them back then were the first I ever remember thinking about such a thing. For all these years, Norwood and Rosie have served as my foremost examples of how I hoped to be later in my life; however, I can only imagine that I might achieve anything even remotely similar. Norwood passed away in 2004, the year before we returned to Utah, but we still speak with Rosie from time-to-time, and I remain amazed, even increasingly amazed, every time I do. For all of these years, Rosie has been my example of how I should be. What a world this would be if everyone were like Rosie Shepard.”

Mikayla Ellison

March 21, 2021

Rosie's 100th birthday celebration. That was a day I will never forget. Rosie was full of joy, positivity, love and light. Her smile and laughter contagious. People were naturally drawn to her. Rosie was like a grandmother to me and I am a better person because of her. I had the privilege of visiting her often. We talked about anything and everything. She talked a lot about how much she loves her family and the Lord. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.