Marian Ruth Rossway


MARQUETTE, MI – Marian Ruth Rossway, 92, entered eternal life in the loving care of her family, on September 7, 2017, which was the birthday of her late husband Melvin, whom she had been married to for 64 years.

Marian, the daughter of Clarence and Anna Morehead, was born in Chattanooga, Iowa on December 27, 1924. She had many happy memories of growing up on her family farm. After graduating from Monmouth High School, she worked as a bookkeeper for the Reichling Brothers Company in Maquoketa, Iowa. She later moved with her twin sister to Davenport, Iowa, where they were employed as long distance telephone operators. During WWII, the sisters worked at the Schick General Army Hospital in Clinton, Iowa until it closed. Marian then moved back to Maquoketa and worked as the bookkeeper at Rose’s Gift Shop. She met the handsome Melvin Rossway, who was home on leave from the Army, and they were married soon after on October 31, 1946. During their first two years of marriage, they moved eleven times with Melvin’s promotions. In 1956, Marian and Melvin moved with their three young children Ron, Rhonda and Rita from West Chicago, IL to Marquette, MI where Melvin was employed by the LS&I Railroad. Marquette became their permanent home where they enjoyed many lifelong friendships.

Marian loved to dance, and was one of the founders of the Cotillion Dance Club. She attended the Beauty Academy of Cosmetology, and did the bookkeeping for her daughter Rita’s businesses. She was a Girl Scout troop leader, and volunteered in the Marquette General Hospital gift shop as the jewelry purchaser. She enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, entertaining, golfing, cross country skiing, traveling with her husband, and spending summers at their cottage on Lake Independence. They were devoted members of the Messiah Lutheran Church for over 50 years. Marian was a talented homemaker, an excellent cook and seamstress. She was energetic, supportive, cheerful, and deeply loved her family. During their retirement years, Marian and Melvin enjoyed spending winters in Green Valley, AZ, Sarasota, FL and Gulf Shores, AL.

Marian is survived by her children Ronald, Rhonda (Brad) Luce, and Rita (Rich) Rossway, grandchildren Angela (Zack) Sedgwick, Rainger and Rhonda Rossway, great grandson Dylan Luce, nieces Donna (Ken) Berg, Verna Thompson, Lois Lawson, and Shirley DeVore, and nephews Kenneth Waugh, Clifford Waugh, Gary Wosoba, and Calvin Thompson.

Marian was preceded in death by her husband in 2010, granddaughter Anna Rossway in 1993, grandson Darren Luce in 2014, twin sister Marjorie Hill in 2005, sisters Ester Peterman, Verda Thompson, Nadine Wosoba, Maxine Morehead, and nephew LeRoy Wosoba.

The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to Pastor Allan Johnson for his compassionate support and prayers.

Honoring Marian’s request, private family services will be held.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at