Rose Fetzer

(April 1, 1926 – Aug. 2, 2018)


Rose Fetzer passed away peacefully on Aug. 2, 2018, at the age of 92, in Grand Junction, Colorado, where she had made her home since September 2014.

Rose was born in Rhein, Saskatchewan, on April 1, 1926, to John Leis and Katherine (Fuchs) Leis. Rose completed her schooling in Rhein and at the age of 18 moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, where she was employed by the Regina Hospital for 5 1/2 years as the switchboard operator and later promoted into information services.

In 1952, Rose moved to Cody and worked for her sister’s family business and later as a dental assistant for Dr. Howe. In 1953, Rose married Raymond Paul Fetzer in Cody. He had 3 children from his first marriage — Ray Jr., Pamela and Peggy. Their son Randal was born in 1954 and in 1955, Rose’s nephew, Kenny Leis, joined the family.

In 1957, the family moved to Basin where Ray was employed by Big Horn Rural Electric Company. Rose worked at several jobs, clerking for Penneys, Economart and the Town & Country. In 1967, she went to work for Dr. Doerr as a dental assistant for 12 years until she retired.

Rose and Ray loved to travel and spent many winters in Arizona and traveled to Canada often. Rose played softball, loved to ride her bicycle, spent many hours crocheting and knitting, loved to cook and bake and was an avid bridge player. Rose was active for many years in the Grace Lutheran Church in Greybull and later in the Peace Lutheran Church in Basin, which she and Ray were instrumental in starting.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Raymond; her stepson Ray Fetzer Jr.; her parents John and Katherine Leis; five sisters and six brothers.

Rose is survived by her sons Kenneth Leis of Grand Junction Colorado, and Randal (Lane) Fetzer of Aurora, Colorado; one daughter-in-law, Lanette Fetzer of Powell; two stepdaughters, Pamela (John) Babson of Cheyenne and Peggy (Terry) Melander of Kenai Alaska; 12 grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Kochaniuck, of Regina, Saskatchewan.

A memorial service for Rose will be held at Peace Lutheran Church in Basin on Sept. 8, 2018, at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Mount View Cemetery in Basin and a reception will follow at Harris Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please donate to your charity of choice in Rose Fetzer’s name.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.