April 5, 1922 ~ June 13, 2020

Born in: Gibson County, IN
Resided in: Lake Villa, IL

Rosanel Higginson, age 98 of  Lake Villa, IL passed away comfortably on June 13, 2020 at Hillcrest Nursing Center, fortunately NOT From Covid – 19.

Rosanel was born in Gibson County April 5, 1922, the oldest child of Elsie and Jesse Byes. She attended Owensville High School in Owensville, IN. Rosanel was the last survivor of the graduating class of 1940.

She was happily married to Elden Higginson for 44 years until his death on Nov. 5, 1985.

Rosanel was an avid reader until her eyesight failed, sometimes reading 5 or more books in a week, she also enjoyed sewing, keeping her house in “Company Order” at all times, and was known for her ability to bake the best pie crust.  She raised three children and spent a lot of time with her grandchildren and tried to not spoil them. Rosanel was a member of Lakeland Baptist Church and Faith Baptist Church. She was also a past member of Lake County Association of Home and Community Education (formerly) Home Extension for over 25 years.


She worked for Intermatic, Inc. as head Timekeeper and retired after 23 years. After her husband’s death she returned to work to help out for an additional 6.5 years part time.

Rosanel was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son David; grandson Andrew; great grandson Austin; brothers Frank and Don Byes; sister Anita Williams; and cat companion, for 21 years Puff.

She is survived by her children; Jane Ellen Keroson, Lake Villa, IL and Kevin (Carla) Lyons, WI; 7  grandchildren Lana (Paul) Oksnee, Dionna (Mark) Meyer, Leon Keroson, Kristin (John) Hastings, Matthew (Danielle) Higginson, Michelle (Landon) Keller, Joshua Higginson; 9 great-grandchildren, Monica Higginson, Colin Kelber , Rae Anne Meyer, Mikael, Krystina, Jacob, and Katie Higginson, Brooklyn and Aubrie Keller; sister Eileen Memmer; brother Fred (Mary) Byes all of Evansville IN; sisters in-laws Sharon Byes and Shirley Higginson; several nieces and nephews; and dear friends Bill and Barb Harvey.

Holder’s Funeral Home is honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Higginson. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Friday June 19, 2020 at Holder’s Funeral Home 319 Main St. Owensville, IN with Matt Malina officiating. Burial will take place in the Owensville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m until service time.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date in Lake Villa, IL after the restrictions caused by Covid – 19 have been lifted.


Visitation: June 19, 2020 10:00 am - June 19, 2020 12:00 pm

Holders Funeral Home
319 South Main Street P.O. Box 518
Owensville, IN 47665

Funeral: June 19, 2020 12:00 pm - June 19, 2020 1:00 pm

Holders Funeral Home
319 South Main Street P.O. Box 518
Owensville, IN 47665

Graveside Service: June 19, 2020 1:00 pm - June 19, 2020 2:00 pm

Owensville Cemetery
Owensville, IN, 47665
Owensville, IN 47665

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