RosaLea Withouse

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RosaLea Elizabeth Withouse, nee Heimann, 93, of Belleville, IL, born December 11, 1924, in Maries County, MO, died Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Bria of Belleville, Belleville, IL.

RosaLea was a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, East Saint Louis, IL.  RosaLea graduated 8th grade from a one room school during the Great Depression and attended high school in Vienna, MO. She went on to beauty college and became a beautician in 1943 and then attended St. Louis Rivet School.  She became a riveter during World War II and worked at Curtis Wright as “Rosie the Riveter”.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph “ The Barber” Arthur Withouse, whom she married on November 16, 1946, and who died on January 11, 1989; a daughter, Rhonda Withouse; a son, Stacy Withouse; her parents, Joseph F. and Ellen  “Nellie”, nee Campbell, Heimann; five sisters, Margaret Heimann, Ann Huelsman, Agnes Reinsch, Marie Wallace, and Nellie Jean Schneider; a brother, Herbert Heimann; and a son-in-law, Lawrence, “Larry” Biegler.

Surviving are a daughter, Rochelle “Shelly” Biegler of Belleville, IL;
a son, Marty (Kim) Withouse of Millstadt, IL;
a daughter-in-law, Donna Withouse of Jefferson City, MO;
six grandchildren, Staci (Trey) Kampeter, Mackenzie Biegler, Maggie Hughes, Max Hughes, James Patrick Withouse, and Emma Withouse;
two great-grandchildren, Reece and Gwen Kampeter;
two sisters-in-law, Mary Heimann, and Dorletha Withouse;
and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Augustine’s of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, or to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, East Saint Louis, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 p.m. September 8, 2018, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee and Fr. Gene Neff concelebrating.

Burial will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



6 Comments on RosaLea Withouse

judy Hoff said : Guest Report Sep 13, 2018 at 4:39 PM

Shelley your mom will always hold a special place in my heart. I have so many found memories of her from high school. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Judy

  • IL
Rusty Irons said : Guest Report Sep 11, 2018 at 7:21 PM

Oh sweet Rochelle, I’m sorry for your loss. I know how close you and your Mom are. Have no worries, now she is with you everywhere. Love, Your College Roomie Always, Rusty

  • Austin
  • Texas
Bob Dintelmann said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2018 at 7:11 PM

Our sympathy to Marty and all the family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Carol Withouse said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2018 at 6:31 PM

Aunt Rosie always made me smile & I will miss her so much! My thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

  • Summerfield
  • MO
Erma Jean Vandiver said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2018 at 2:37 AM

Shelly, I am traveling and heard about Rosie. I will never forget the 30 plus weekly years of getting to know your Mom. She adored her family and kept all of us on the straight and narrow. She will be missed by everyone, especially her dear friend, Naomi. Happy to have had her in my life. God Bless!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Debra Pierce said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2018 at 1:56 PM

Shelly, I will always remember your moms laugh when picking up Chelsea from your house when u had the daycare.. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family… Debra and Chelsea

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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