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Roselene D. Kimble

January 29, 1939 - December 9, 2020

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Roselene “Rosi” Diane Pappas, 81, passed away peacefully from this world into the gates of Heaven on December 9, 2020 in Goshen, Indiana.  Rosi was born January 29, 1939, in South Bend, Indiana, to the late George K. and Izora Gazele (Mathis) Pappas. Her father immigrated from Greece, eventually settling down with his wife in South Bend, where they raised four children. Rosi the youngest by 14 years, was a cheerleader and graduate of Washington-Clay High School in 1957.  After high school she attended Indiana University Center while working as an office clerk.  During this time, Rosi found her groove, and danced her way into the arms of the late Frank Charles Ieraci. Soon after, they were married on June 2, 1962, and welcomed four beautiful children. After 15 years of marriage, Rosi and Frank parted ways, but remained friends over the years.  In 1978, Rosi moved to Schaumburg, Illinois, where she continued to live and work until her retirement.  In 1982, she remarriedRoy “Bud” Kimble.  Together, they discovered a passion for boating and spent many nights on the water sipping their favorite cocktail.  They too eventually separated, but her passionfor the open water continued.  Her one true love was always for her family.

Rosi had a zest for life, adventure, and traveling. She fulfilled her lifelong dream of riding a horse along the coastline and surf of Maui.  Her favorite time of year was always Christmas.  She would find the most perfect gifts by starting her shopping early, taking great pleasure in wrapping her gifts (with an undiagnosed addiction to scotch tape), and enjoying the anticipation of unwrapping gifts while closing her eyes.  Rosi treasured time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.  She was a kid at heart and would sit on the floor with them to play games. Rosi was involved in a women’s bible study group, enjoyed dancing, music, movies, and good food; sloppy joes and Dr. Pepper wereher favorites. All who loved Rosi will never forget her genuine heart, sincere eyes, sympathetic ear, and warm hugs, but most of all, her radiant smile and contagious deep belly laugh.  She was the sparkle of every holiday and party.

Rosi is preceded in death by her parents, brother Clifford “Cliff”, sisters Wyona and Sally, and infant grandson Ryan.  She is survived by her children Tristi (Michael) Matzuka of Saint Charles, IL, Anthony (Amanda) Ieraci of South Bend, IN, Trent (Brigette) Ieraci of Mishawaka, IN and Troy (Samantha) Ieraci of South Bend, IN; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Rosi is also survived by her best friend of over forty years Roseanne “Ro” Chwal, with whom she spent every Friday evening with catching a movie, having dinner, or planning their next trip.

A private celebration of life will be held at Yurs Funeral Home in St. Charles, Illinois, on Wednesday, December 16th with burial services to follow on Thursday, December 17th.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Stroke Foundation at or Reins of Life at The family would like to sincerely thank the nurses and doctors at Southfield Village South Bend and Greencroft Goshen Healthcare for their dedicated, loving, and compassionate care.

Our dearest Rosi, as you would often write in our greeting cards…may your ship always sail in the sea of sunshine and happiness, and anchor in the harbor of love.


Sue Foli Wuthrich from Bull Shoals, AR

"Condolences to her family. I went to high school with Rosie, worked at NIPSCO with Rosie and we’re great friends for years; reuniting at reunions for many years. Always loved her. She was the best. Love and prayers to you all."

Catherine Dance from Kalamazoo, MI

"Rosie was one of my dearest friends who could cheer up the lowest person around with her sunny disposition & her zest for life. Her love for her children endeared me to her & her loyalty & dedication to her family & to her friends is something I will never forget. We both moved away from each other many years ago, but Rosie will always have a big place in my heart. My love & condolences to her children, grandchildren & friends. May all of you know that she is with you in ways that you may not see with your eyes or hear with your ears but can feel in your minds & in your hearts."

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