BRADFORD - Rosa Carr Heidenreich passed away at her home on South Road in Bradford, Sept. 25, 2012, at the age of 100. She was born in Terre Haute, Ind., on May 22, 1912, the daughter of Viola McArty Carr and Isaac Norman Carr. She attended schools in Terre Haute and graduated from Wiley High School in 1930. In 1932, she married William C. Heidenreich, also a native of Terre Haute and a chemical engineering graduate of Rose Polytechnic Institute in the same city.
Rosa was a wonderful homemaker, an accomplished hostess and an avid learner. Although she never had the chance to attend college, her intelligence and curiosity were apparent to all who met her. Bill's job required the family to move frequently, and Rosa was an enthusiastic traveler whose adventurous spirit and open-mindedness allowed her to make friends and flourish wherever she went. She and Bill lived first in Terre Haute, then in South Charleston, W.Va.; Shawinigan, Quebec; Niagara Falls and Chappaqua, N.Y.; Monterrey, Mexico; Calcutta, India; Antwerp and Brussels, Belgium; and Geneva, Switzerland, before retiring to Topsham, where they lived for 31 years. During this time she traveled with Bill while he completed volunteer overseas engineering assignments with IESC in Mexico, Thailand, Taiwan, India and Brazil. They moved to Hanover in 1998, where Bill died in 2003, at the age of 92. In 2005, she moved to South Road in Bradford where she shared the home of her longtime friend and partner, Royce Boyd, whose wife, Jackie, had died in 2004. Jackie and Royce had been close friends with Rosa and Bill for 30 years.
Rosa was a warm and generous spirit of great vitality. She never stopped caring for others. She loved to be busy but was never too busy to spend time with people. She remained physically and mentally active into her 100th year, walking at least a mile every day. Among her very many interests were gardening, nutrition, puzzles, words, and other people and cultures. She was curious about everything and never stopped learning. She had so much joy in living; she was a bright star to many.
Rosa is survived by her partner, Royce Boyd, of Bradford; her daughter, Toby A. Heidenreich, and husband Ken Twitchell, of Waterbury Center; her son John W. Heidenreich and wife Wendy, of Topsham; and her son James C. Heidenreich and wife Gloria, of Topsham. She was also the proud grandparent of Eric Wagner, Julie Wagner, Alex Twitchell, Andrew Twitchell, Margaret Twitchell-Wood, Brooke Findley, Anna Sanborn, Sarah Heidenreich, Maria Heidenreich, Sam Heidenreich, Ben Heidenreich, Jeremy Heidenreich, Chris Heidenreich, Trace Heidenreich and Laura Davidson, as well as a number of great-grandchildren: Arthur, Emily, Obi, Coriander, Eliot, Rosa, Lucy, Maya, Connor, Daniel, Carolyn and Juliet.
She was predeceased by her brother, John D. Carr, of South Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Blake Memorial Library or the East Corinth Congregational Church.
Because she touched so many lives, Rosa's family is compiling a book of reminiscences and would like to invite anyone who has a story they would like to share about Rosa to submit memories and anecdotes, short or long, to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A celebration of Rosa's life will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. at the East Corinth Congregational Church, of which she was a member.