Rosy Schlueter

Published 3:33 pm Wednesday, July 5, 2023

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TRYON—This last Monday afternoon, the 26th of June, a very special thing happened. In that place known as Heaven, a joyful, beautiful woman was welcomed as Rosy Monica Schlueter left this life to join her husband Joe, brother Chris Strachwitz, family and friends, and countless beloved horses, dogs and cats that passed before her.

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Rosy was born in Berlin, Germany on June 6, 1933. Escaping the advancing Russian Army in 1945, she and her family settled in Reno, Nevada. She attended the University of Nevada at Reno and received degrees in education and physical education. She coached a winning basketball team made up of girls from the local reservation, but most noteworthy, fell in love with horses and riding, a passion she pursued her whole life.

She met her future handsome husband, Joe, on the Naval Air Station in Argentina, Newfoundland, where she was a teacher and he a pilot, and they enjoyed an adventurous and passionate relationship. Together, they raised two very lucky children, Patricia and Tim, during time spent in Long Island, Connecticut, and then settled in Tryon in 1986. An avid volunteer at local animal shelters as well as counseling at Birthright in Hendersonville, she was an enthusiastic member of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Tryon, North Carolina. But her greatest joy was to be on a horse with daughter Patricia and dear local friends, either showing, partaking in local hunt organizations or simply trail riding. The longer the ride, the better!

She is remembered by all who knew and loved her as somewhat opinionated and strong-willed, but who above all embodied joy, happiness and enthusiasm toward family and friends. Especially if it involved a saddle, bridle, reins and an open trial ahead of her.

She is survived by daughter Patricia Schlueter; son, Tim Schlueter; sisters, Frances Strachwitz and Barbara Enstad and brother, Hugh Strachwitz.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Tryon, North Carolina.

Burial will follow the service at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Landrum, South Carolina.

An online guest register is available at


McFarland Funeral Chapel

Tryon, North Carolina