Rose Ertel

August 18, 1922March 23, 2018

Rose (Rosella Theresa) Ertel, 95, died on March 23, 2018. She was a daughter of James and Catherine Lenox. Rose married Harry Ertel in 1943. They were blessed with 70 years of life together before Harry died in 2013. Rose retired from Indiana and Michigan Electric Company in 1983. Rose was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church where she served on the Altar Guild and Dorcas Circle. Rose loved her family and enjoyed hosting gatherings, especially those with spirited euchre games.

Surviving are her son Daniel L. Ertel and daughter-in-law Rosemary, daughter Susan E. Blackburn, 1 grandson Michael (Laura) Blackburn, 3 granddaughters Stacy (Eric) Anderson, Kristen Ertel, Whitney (Alex) Spencer, and great-grandchildren Grace Mae and Stella Rose Blackburn. She was preceded in death by four sisters, one brother and a son-in-law, Ron Blackburn.

Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Trinity English Lutheran Church, 450 West Washington Boulevard, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be, 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, 420 West Wayne Street.

Preferred memorials are to Heartland Hospice and Trinity English Lutheran Church.


  • Daniel (Rosemary) L. Ertel, Son
  • Susan E. Blackburn, Daughter
  • Michael (Laura) Blackburn, Grandson
  • Stacy (Eric) Anderson, Granddaughter
  • Kristen Ertel, Granddaughter
  • Whitney (Alex) Spencer, Granddaughter
  • Grace Mae Blackburn, Great Granddaughter
  • Stella Rose Blackburn, Great Granddaughter
  • James Lenox, Father
  • Catherine Lenox, Mother
  • Harry L. Ertel, Husband
  • Preceding Rose in death were, four sisters, one brother and a son-in-law, Ron Blackburn.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 29, 2018

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Debbe Loudenslager

March 27, 2018

To all of Rose's family I send my deepest sympathy to you all. I was one of the Berry Street I&M people that worked with Rose for 13 years before she retired. She was a beautiful woman, heart of gold and a darling laugh. I miss those days and although it's been so long, I will always remember her. She is once again with Harry forever this time. He was familiar at the office to repair our office equipment and what a great couple they were. May God be with you all during this time of grieving.


March 26, 2018

The Rose Ertel Family:

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother, Rosella Theresa Ertel.

God's Blessings to the Ertel Family.


Mr. and Mrs. William C. Phillips
Members, Trinity English Lutheran Church