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ROSETTA P. SINGFIELD
March 30, 1940 ~ October 22, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Rosetta Patricia Singfield, affectionately known as “Cookie,” passed away peacefully at Akron Summa Hospice on Sunday, October 22nd after a relatively brief bout of sickness. While she was in the thick of it, she handled this illness with fierceness, determination, and grace until the very end.
Rosetta was born March 30th, 1940, the loving daughter of Leona M. and James L. Clark. She graduated from North High school in 1958. Soon after, she gave her hand in marriage to Charles Singfield, Jr. Shortly after that, 1961, she entered the realm of motherhood. She heartily and willingly gave birth to her five children Charles L., Michael, Gregory, and the twins Ramone & Ramona. Those who knew her also knew what a supremely dedicated mother she was. As my siblings and I can attest, she loved us all fiercely, patiently, and unconditionally.
Throughout her life, Rosetta was known to be fully committed to family, friends, and community.
She maintained a close relationship with her parents, Leona M. and James Clark, and her grandmother Fannie Moore, who was the matriarch of the family and kept her surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins who were ever-present during our frequent and traditional family gatherings. Because she’d witnessed this throughout her upbringing, she was a dedicated and exemplary wife, mother, sister, cousin, aunt, and grandmother.
She maintained several lifelong friendships. Although they would be too numerous to list in this setting, it is worth noting that her friendship with the Spear, Cunningham and Ruggs families continued throughout her life. It to these people and countless others that I dedicate the following quote:
“Friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest. It’s about who walked into your life, said, “I’m here for you”, and proved it.” – Anonymous.
For 38 years, Rosetta worked for Akron Public schools; retiring as an Elementary school librarian. Throughout her career and thereafter, while at the grocery store or other outings, she was often approached by former students, their children, or grandchildren. Though she often didn’t remember the names of those who approached and clearly remembered her, it was always evident that, whenever they matriculated, they openly acknowledged the impression she left on their lives. She was also a long-time member of the school-related bowling league.
Those who knew her well may also remember that she was an avid Cleveland Indians fan. At any time, she could provide an extended history of the members of the team, their current or past managers, and any other baseball-related trivia. To some, she was the ‘unofficial’ and longest lasting Manager of the of the team.
In addition to her husband Charles Singfield, Jr., Rosetta was predeceased by her aforementioned parents and grandparents; her daughter Ramona Singfield-Morrow (Andrew); sons Michael and Ramone (Yvonne D. Ruggs-Singfield). She is survived by sons Charles L. and Gregory Singfield; daughter-in law Yvonne D. Ruggs-Singfield; grandsons Marshay of Akron, Ohio; Ramone, Jr. (Jasmine), Deonte and Darius all of Indianapolis; great grandchildren Ramone III and Giselle Chenise (our family’s newest addition) also of Indianapolis; and a host of other cousins, nieces, in-laws, friends, and family.
Those who knew her also witnessed her kindness, patience, gentility, and delicate balance between love and discipline and forgiveness. She will ever be cherished and remembered by those who knew and loved her.