Rosina (Isele) Smith

Rosina (Isele) Smith September 6, 1917 - March 11, 2013 Pomfret - Born in Jarek Hungary, Rosina was the daughter of John and Rosina Isele, an immigrant tailor and his, who settled in Cleveland Ohio in 1920. She was predeceased by her brothers John, George and Mike,as well as her two husbands,Herbert Heckendorf and Edwin Smith. She is survived by her three sons Dana and Trudy Heckendorf of Thompson, Amos and Christine Heckendorf of Southboro MA. and Mike Heckendorf and Carolyn Wagner of Pomfret. She has six grandchildren; Robert Heckendorf, Dana Lee Kalina, William and Brian Heckendorf, Christian and Elissa Heckendorf and four great grand children. Rosina had a great love of gardening and was a terrific cook. She took great pride in teaching those skills to her sons. She had a marvelous alto singing voice and sang with many groups, including the Mothersingers and with community and church choirs. In 1969 she moved to the area from Orange as executive assistant to Dr. Robert Miller to help with the founding of Quinabaug Valley CommunityCollege, an institution of which she was extremely proud. She was also on the first committee to found the Danielson Springtime Festival and made all of the Tulip and Daffodil flags that lined Main Street for the parade. A Memorial Service will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church 82 Main Street, North Grovesnordale on Friday March 22 at 12:00 noon. The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the church's heating fund.

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Mar. 17, 2013