Kraft Funeral Service

708 East Spring Street, New Albany, IN


Melvin J. Rosenberger

December 10, 1933July 3, 2020
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Melvin J. Rosenberger, 86, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020, at home surrounded by his family. The son of the late John and Loretto (Gettlefinger) Rosenberger, Melvin was born December 10, 1933 in Starlight, Indiana. He served 34 years in the National Guard and Army Reserves and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. Melvin also retired from B. F. Goodrich Chemical Company after 33 years of service and was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Starlight, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 58 years, Mary Ann Schneider Rosenberger; and siblings, Nelson and Andrew Rosenberger.

Survivors include his children, Michelle Geiger (Eric), Renee Hale, Robenette Rosenberger (Jeff Thompson), Troy Rosenberger, and Tressa Schell (Larry); grandchildren, John Geiger, Rachel Murphy (Miles), Brittany Minton, Kymberly Hale, Ian Thompson, Taylor Anderson, Brittani Elliot (Brian), Nicki Jones and Tod (Susan) and Dalton Schell; several great grandchildren; and brother, Irvin Rosenberger (Mary).

Drive through visitation from 4 pm ~ 8 pm Thursday at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring Street, New Albany. A private family Funeral Mass will be 10 am Friday at St. John Starlight Catholic Church with private burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to his church. You may reach out to the family by posting memories and condolences at www.kraftfuneralservice.net.


  • Michelle Geiger (Eric), Daughter
  • Renee Hale, Daughter
  • Robenette Rosenberger (Jeff Thompson), Daughter
  • Troy Rosenberger, Son
  • Tressa Schell (Larry), Daughter
  • John Geiger, Grandchild
  • Rachel Murphy (Miles), Grandchild
  • Brittany Minton, Grandchild
  • Kymberly Hale, Grandchild
  • Ian Thompson, Grandchild
  • Taylor Anderson, Grandchild
  • Brittani Elliot (Brian), Grandchild
  • Nicki Jones, Grandchild
  • Tod Schell (Susan), Grandchild
  • Dalton Schell, Grandchild
  • Irvin Rosenberger (Mary), Brother
  • John and Loretto (Gettlefinger) Rosenberger, Parents (decesed)
  • Mary Ann (Schneider) Rosenberger, Wife of 58 Years (deceased)
  • Nelson and Andrew Rosenberger, Brothers (deceased)
  • Several Great Grandchildren

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  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Church


  • Drive Through Visitation

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

  • Private Famiy Funeral Mass

    Friday, July 10, 2020


Melvin J. Rosenberger

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Laura Blalock (Owens)

July 9, 2020

I wanted to send my condolences to the family. Praying comfort for all who knew and loved him.🙏🙏

Paul Lonnemann

July 6, 2020

Melvin had such a wonderful laugh, a great sense of humor, and a playful attitude about life. He was a ‘cut to the chase ‘ kind of guy. He always made you feel welcome in his presence. He will be missed at our church and in our community.

Corky and Sharon Rake

July 6, 2020

We are so very sorry. Your father was always such a pleasant man and his smile was so contagious.
We will lift him, your mother and each of you in our prayers. Blessings and Hugs to you, Roben, from Corky and Sharon

Mary Temple

July 6, 2020

Michelle, Renee, Roben, Troy and Tressa, so very so for the loss of your Dad. He was the sweetest, kindness man. Always had a smile that will be remembered. May he rest in peace.

phyllis andres

July 6, 2020

I was fortunate to meet (and learn lots) through Roben. We played nine holes of golf just within the last month. He was his usual smiling, happy person that day and I had no clue the illness was working its way through him. He has a great legacy with his children, grandchildren, family, neighbors and church. God is holding him in his arms in heaven for sure.

Terri Sprigler

July 4, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Melvin was a sweet heart of a man. Always had a smile on his face and time for a conversation. He was a person to call if you needed help in anyway. He always had advice to give if only you asked for it. He and Mary Ann were one of the dearest couples in our parish church family and community of Starlight. God grant him Eternal Rest and let Your light shine upon him. I'm sure Mary Ann was happy to see him......

Danny Rosenberger

July 4, 2020

Rest In Peace Uncle Melvin. You will be missed.

Lisa Probst

July 4, 2020

Melvin was such a nice and kind man. My dad and I ate with him and Arnold when playing Euchre at Clifty Falls. I really enjoyed hearing him tell stories of things he had done and experienced in life. I could have listened all day. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Brian Everage

July 4, 2020

Even though I have known Melvin all my life, the past few years riding with him was a blessing. He was a great patriot for our country and a great friend to all who knew him. I know you are proud of him, but so am I for living a long full life of loving God and country, and his love of family is something that we all should aspire to follow. Him and Mary Ann reminded me of my grandparents (Boob and Cil) every time I was around them... a true example of the greatest generation.


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