Petrea Cabaniss Roesler — Rochester

Petrea Cabaniss Roesler, 95, of Rochester, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Charter House in Rochester.She was the wife of Robert Chester Roesler.

Petrea Elizabeth Cabaniss was born Sept. 19, 1917, in Atlanta, Ga. She moved with her parents to Pensacola, Fla., in 1924 and was a member of the Class of 1935, Pensacola High School.

In 1939, she graduated cum laude from Florida State College of Women (now Florida State University) in Tallahassee, where she was awarded a BA degree, with majors in English and journalism. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Mortar Board. From 1941 to 1943, she was a reporter at the Pensacola Journal.

She married Robert Chester Roesler of Rochester, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, on Nov. 14, 1942, in Pensacola. On his resignation from the U.S. Navy after the conclusion of World War II, they moved to Rochester in 1946, where Mr. Roesler was associated with Mayo Clinic until his retirement in December 1983.

Mrs. Roesler was active as a volunteer in the Rochester Methodist Auxiliary and the Saint Marys Hospital Auxiliary for many years. She was also a former member of the Aldrich Memorial Nursery School Board and a longtime member of the Rochester League of Women Voters, and held a number of offices in that organization.

She was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Rochester.

Mrs. Roesler is survived by two children, Robert Cabaniss Roesler (Katherine) of Shelburne, Vt., and Sara Elizabeth Roesler Lesser (Mrs. Ronald Lesser) of Baltimore, Md.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Her husband preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the Chapel at Charter House, with the Rev. Rachael Hanson officiating. A reception will follow in Edwards Hall at Charter House.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Mayo Foundation, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, or Rochester Area Foundation.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901. 507-289-3600.