Rosina Van Zelf, 75, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Rosina Van Zelf, 75, Watertown, passed away peacefully Monday evening March 7, 2022, at her home.

The funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown, with Pastor Jeffrey E. Smith officiating. Spring burial will be held in North Watertown Cemetery. Calling hours will precede the service at the funeral home beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Born April 28, 1946, in Steyr, Austria, Rosina was a daughter to Michael and Maria Gondosch. Following her education, Rosina came to the United States in December 1963, later becoming a US citizen.

Rosina worked at Pine Cleaners for several years while, at the same time, being a caregiver to her family. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She married Christian Van Zelf on March 2, 1968, in Watertown. Mr. Van Zelf passed away April 9, 2002.

Rosina is survived by her children, Christina M. (Kenneth) Roof, Catherine (Jeremy) Chipp, Crystal Scott, all of Watertown; her grandchildren, Joshua Elzinga, Stephanie Elzinga, Jeremy Chipp, Matthew Roof, Nathan Roof, Odessa Van Zelf, Christianana Van Zelf; and her great-grandchildren, Alana, Owen, Daymian, Jeremy III, Emilee, Maylee, Nichalas, Remy, Genevieve, and Winston (who’s expected this June). She is also survived by several nieces to include Maria Gondosch, nephews, and one of her many caregivers, Lindsay Robbins.

Rosina was predeceased by her husband, Christian Van Zelf, her grandson, Nichalas Van Zelf in 2015, and her siblings Johann, Wilhelmina and Katherine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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