Rosemarie (Mann) Hodges, 84
SIERRA VISTA —Rosemarie (Rose) Hodges passed away on May 21 at the age of 83 due to complications after surgery. She was exuberant in life, loved music, dancing, family and friends. She will be sorely missed, and her memory cherished.
Rose was born in Blaubeuren, Germany on December 7, 1934. As a young girl, she experienced difficult times, growing up in wartime Germany and then the post-war years, but came through unscathed along with her mother and baby sister. She had a gift for languages, learning English in high school and from American Forces Network (AFN) radio. She also studied French and Spanish. In an effort to gain fluency, she took a position in England for 6 months, then returned to her hometown in Germany where she found work as a translator.
She met the man of her life at the local swimming pool, William (Bill) Hodges, who was serving in the Air Force nearby. They were married on December 31, 1956, and were inseparable for the next 64 years. They had a son, Steffen, and settled in Woodland Hills, California, eventually relocating to Santa Barbara, California, to start their own successful retail business. Besides running a business, Rose enjoyed a long and varied career doing secretarial work for various tech and oil companies. Rose also had her own music business, acquiring a mixer and turntable setup, and acted as a DJ for many memorable parties. With retirement, Rose and Bill relocated to Sierra Vista, Arizona in 2004, where they acquired many dear friends.
In addition to music and dancing, Rose enjoyed cooking fine meals and entertaining, gardening, hiking and sports. She was filled with energy, visited a good portion of the world in her travels, and lived her life with passion and enthusiasm.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, William Hodges of Sierra Vista; her son Steffen Hodges and his wife Colleen, of Santa Fe, New Mexico; sister Barbara Polito of California; and granddaughters Nicole and Annell Hodges. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, Georg and Katharina Mann.
Rose’s life will be celebrated by her family and friends. In lieu of cards or flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory.