Johanna Hildegard Roselli

Published 6:22 pm Monday, July 16, 2012

Johanna Hildegard Rosselli, 91, of Columbus passed away Friday morning, July 13, 2012 in Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills, Landrum.

Born in Germany, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Johanna Klara Goldbach.  Mrs. Rosselli was a active singer with the Opera House in Wilmington, Del. and a member of the German Club.

She moved to Columbus in 1988, coming from Wilmington, Del. Mrs. Rosselli was a charter member of the local music club and the Polk County Home Extension Club. She was a member of Tryon United Methodist Church.

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She survived horrific fighting in WWII, fled the Russians and lost her mother at the end of the war. In addition, her brother, Hans, was captured by the Americans, sent to the United States and later returned to Germany to become an orientation officer at Augsburg Army base.

She was a loving and caring wife and mother and always willing to help anyone in need.

Surviving is her husband of 43 years, Harv Rosselli; two sons, Mark Bandos of Lynn and Don Rosselli of Seminole, Fla.; one daughter, Victoria Burke of Canton, Ga., and one brother, Klaus Goldbach of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, N.C. 28722.
An online guest register is available at

McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.