Rosalie Ressel

June 3, 1932March 11, 2018
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Rosalie Ressel went to be with Jesus when she passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family in Davenport on March 11, 2018.

Rosalie Summers Ressel was born at home on the family farm near O’Neill, Nebraska to Charles and Ethel Summers, on June 3, 1932. Rosalie was the fourth child born out of a large family of eleven brothers and sisters. After graduation from high school, she worked as a waitress in O’Neill, Nebraska, where she met her future husband, Boyd, who just “coincidentally” kept returning before mustering the courage to ask her out on a date.

On October 18, 1953, Rosalie was united in marriage to Boyd Ressel at the O’Neill Presbyterian Church. They soon moved to Opheim, Montana, and later moved to Challis, Idaho, where Rosalie was supportive of Boyd in his career and continued to provide a loving home for him and their four children. In 1972, Boyd and Rosalie moved their family to Davenport, Washington, where they were longtime residents.

In 1984, with all of her children grown, Rosalie continued her care-giving on a grander scale by working as a CNA at the Lincoln Hospital in Davenport. She worked in the Lincoln Hospital for a total of 19 years, where she proved again and again her huge capacity to love and care for others.

After she retired, Rosalie continued to be an active member in the First Presbyterian church in Davenport, serving as a church deacon and supplying countless goodies for after-church social time. She and Boyd enjoyed several years together travelling, where they took trips to Hawaii, Branson, Alaska, and anywhere the Summers and Ressels had a family reunion planned. She was always ready to go somewhere fun and exciting and thrived on the adventure of a trip. She was also active in Eastern Star, was an avid bowler and enjoyed a good round of pinochle. More than anything else, she absolutely loved being surrounded by her family for holidays and get-togethers.

Preceding Rosalie in death are her parents, her husband, her son, Charlie, four brothers and one sisters. Surviving Rosalie are one brother, four sisters, daughters Phyllis Dowling (Tim) and Mary Hopkins (Shara), son Bill Ressel (Ginny) and grandchildren Mathew Hopkins and Michael Hopkins.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Davenport Presbyterian Church PO Box 318 Davenport, WA 99122 or the Lincoln Hospital Foundation, 10 Nicholls St. Davenport, WA 99122. Mrs. Ressel will lie-in-state at the STRATE FUNERAL HOME, DAVENPORT, WA on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 10 AM – 4 PM. Interment services will be on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Mt. View Cemetery, Davenport, WA with a Celebration of Life services at 3:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church, Davenport, WA. Please sign the online guestbook at STRATE FUNERAL HOME, Davenport, WA is caring for the Ressel family.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Celeration of Life Memorial Service Friday, March 23, 2018

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Jacquie Hunt

March 20, 2018

I remember meeting Rosalie just a couple weeks before she and my Uncle Boyd were married. At age 12, theirs was the first wedding that I got to attend so it was all very exciting. Rosalie was so petite and quiet and Boyd so big and strong and so ga-ga over her! I recall the shivaree that Boyd's younger brothers and friends gave the newlyweds a couple of nights after settling into their own house in O'Neill. What a loud midnight "serenade with pots and pans" they made, much to the confusion of the newlyweds, but it was all done in good fun.

Through the past near 65 years, our families got together many times for fun in Idaho, Montana, Washington and Minnesota. I will always be grateful for those times and will think of Aunt Rosalie, Uncle Boyd, cousins Phyllis, Mary, Charlie and Bill as we were during those fun times, with a smile and with love.

Annette Marz

March 16, 2018

Years of working with you at the Nursing Home. My Mother in Law Phyllis Marz also. So much fun and laughing. I enjoyed you and Boyd at the Senior Center with my Mom and Dad. Hope you are with Boyd right now and catching up on all the memories. God Bless you Rosalie and thanks for the memories.