Rosa Jean Haas, 90, of Jasper, died Friday (April 25) in the Northwood Good Samaritan Retirement Community. She was born in Carmi, Illinois, February 1, 1924, to Clarence and Carrie (Howell) Hughes. She married Robert F. Haas April 27, 1943. He died September 19, 2009.
Rosa Jean graduated from Carmi High School in 1942. She was the 1941 Carmi Corn Queen. During World War 2 she worked at Republic Aviation where she was a real “Rosie the Riverator”. She retired as stenographer from the Indiana State Police where she worked from 1954 to 1974. She loved traveling, square dancing, golf, hiking, back-packing, and playing cards. She and her husband wintered in Mission Texas for 30 years. She is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Jasper.
She is survived by one son, Steven Haas and wife Sharon, Jasper; two grandchildren, Keith Haas and wife Shannon and Tonya Statler and husband Brad; four great grandchildren; Lindsay Haas, Emily Haas, and Brittany and Bryce Statler; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Houston Hughes, and one sister, Willma McDermott.
Services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Church of Christ with burial following in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Carmi. Rev. Jane Hillman and Rev. Catherine Burnette will officiate. Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ or St. John Lutheran Church in Boone Township Indiana.