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  • "Our lasting and memorable friends seem to be those with..."
    - Tom Lodge
  • "Rosie was unique in so many ways! Rosie was a woman of..."
    - Wayne Ritter
  • "Rosie took gorgeous photos of my newborn daughter nearly 40..."
    - Serena MacPherson
  • "My. Heart goes out to the Winters. Family. I have alot of..."
    - Judy Brewer Giish
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August 8, 1937 ~ February 19, 2013

Rosie was born in Vancouver, WA to Elmer and Marie (Jensen) Rufener, the second eldest of four daughters and one son: Sharon Rufener, Donna Chronis, Marlis Rufener and E. Daniel Rufener (deceased in infancy).
Rosie attended Fruit Valley Grade School, Shumway Jr. High and Vancouver High School. After graduating in 1955, she attended WSU and started her teaching career in Port Angeles, then taught at Fruit Valley Grade School.
While in Vancouver, Rosie and husband, Willard Winters, partnered in the dairy business with Elmer Rufener. Later, they dairy farmed in Mabton, WA where they raised their three daughters: Kristina Jacobs, Heidi Winters and Trude Winters Chin.
She lived in Kennewick, WA for many years, then built two homes on the Long Beach peninsula where she spent her remaining years.
Memorials for Rosie: Seattle-Acacia Funeral Home, 14951 Bothell Way NE on March 9, at 2 p.m. In Vancouver, Red Lion at the Quay, 100 Columbia St. on March 10, at 2 p.m.
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Published in The Columbian from Mar. 3 to Mar. 6, 2013