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Laura M. (Pardee) Rossbach

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of Townsend; formerly of Gardner; 92

TOWNSEND -- Laura M. (Pardee) Rossbach, 92, of Townsend, died Monday, December 19, 2011, at her home after a lengthy illness.

Her husband of 64 years, George W. Rossbach, died December 4, 2001.

Mrs. Rossbach was born in Cleveland, Ohio, September 24, 1919 a daughter of Raymond and Mary (Jensen) Pardee and grew up in Gardner, Massachusetts. She was a 1937 graduate of Gardner High School.

She is survived by four sons: Charles E. Rossbach, and his wife, Kathleen; Philip A. Rossbach, and his wife, Teresa, all of Townsend; Eben J. Rossbach, and his wife, Kathy, of Leominster; Walter G. Rossbach, and his wife, Elise, of Maynardville, Tennessee. She is also survived by a brother, Eben Pardee, and his wife, Fran, of Gardner; four grandchildren: Cynthia Pollock of Middleton, MA; Bruce Rossbach of Manlius, New York; Dale Gates of New Ipswich, New Hampshire; Jody Robertson of Seymour, Tennessee; and six great- grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Mary Wilkinson of Arizona.

In 1938, Mrs. Rossbach and her husband, started the Dew-More Farm in Townsend. The farm started with 50 acres and grew to over 300 acres over its six decades of operation, raising holstein cows and producing milk. Laura actively participated in farm work until about age 75, after which time she remained active in office operations of the farm until just a year or two ago.

When not busy with farm work and raising her children, she enjoyed square dancing and being involved with the Middlesex County 4-H. Laura had been a member and past president of the Townsend Homemakers Club. Many years ago she had served on the Townsend School Building Committee. She was a long-time member of the Townsend Methodist Church. In recent years, she frequented the Townsend Senior Center. Laura enjoyed playing bingo and working with crafts, especially wood carving. Her garden was a joy for her although she did solicite help from family members to tend the vegetables and gladiolus. But her great-grandchildren were recently the highlight in her life.

ROSSBACH -- A memorial service will be held 11 AM Thursday, December 29th at the United Methodist Church, Main Street (at corner of Rte 13) Townsend.

Calling hours are 4-7 Wednesday at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main Street (Rte 119) Townsend Center. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashoba Nursing & Hospice Program, 2 Shaker Road, Shirley, MA 01464.

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Dec. 22, 2011
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