Rosa Mae "Rosie" Young
85, of Speedway, IN formerly of Reynolds, IN died at 4:00 PM, August 16th, 2014 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
She was born on May 3rd, 1929 in Reynolds, IN to the late Rufus and Oacle (Burris) James. Rosa was a graduate of Reynolds High School. Following graduation on June 1st, 1947 she married the love of her life, Charles J. Young at St. James Lutheran Church in Reynolds. Following the wedding and Charlie's stint in the military, they moved to Indianapolis where he was employed at Allison Transmission for 42 years. Charlie preceded her in death on February 23rd, 2008.
Rosie worked in the farm fields of Reynolds with her family as a young girl. Upon moving to Indianapolis she worked at Barney's Jewelers', the Gibson Company and Jones and Laughlin Steel. However, her most satisfying job was that of a "stay-at-home" Mom following the birth of their daughter. Rosie's family was her life so she put her business career on hold (indefinitely). Her claim-to-fame was being Charlie's wife and Jenny's mom.
Rosie was very family-oriented and greatly valued the close friends (who were part of the family) she had. She was very proud of her daughter, Jenny, who was a scholar-athlete at Speedway High School and Butler University and who is currently employed at Allison Transmission. Rosie was a familiar sight at Butler basketball games and supported all of the local professional sports teams as well as the Indy 500.
Rosie enjoyed family get-togethers with good food, competitive card games and lots of story telling. She laughed and smiled every day, she was kind and generous to everyone she met. Rosie was an avid animal lover and cherished her time with the family pets and her backyard wildlife that she fed daily.
Rosie is survived by her daughter, Jennifer "Jenny" Young, of Speedway; three sisters: Charlotte Swartz (Everett), Betty Chriswell (Don) and Marilyn Montgomery; two grandchildren: Trinity and Tristan Tucak; and four extra special friends: Sharon BonDurant, Misty Tucak, Phyllis Black, and Dr. John Wagner.
Rosie was preceded in death by her husband Charlie; four brothers: Willie James (Margaret), Harold James (Ruth), John James (Sue) and baby Frankie; five sisters: Effie Wiese (Lorenz), Mary Ruemler (Budd), Dorothy Zarse (Joe), Anne Clark (Bob) and baby Evelyn.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the doctors and staff at the IU Simon Cancer Center for their dedication in attending to Rosie's most recent health care needs and also offer a very special heartfelt thank you to Dr. Robert Weller and Dr. George Elmes for decades of loyal and compassionate service.
Friends may call from 4pm-8pm, Wednesday, August 20th at Conkle Funeral Home's Speedway Chapel, 4925 W. 16th Street, Speedway, IN, 46224, and from 10am until the time of service at 1pm on Thursday, August 21st at Hartzler-Clap per Funeral Home in Brookston, IN with the Reverend Dr. Lelan McReynolds officiating. Internment will follow at the St. James Lutheran Church cemetery in Reynolds.
Memorial contributions may be given in Rosie's name to the Humane Society of the donor's choice. Memories and online condolences may be given at