ROSIE LUE PERSON | FEB. 5, 1927 – FEB. 25, 2014

East Chicago woman took care of her own

2014-06-25T00:00:00Z East Chicago woman took care of her ownCHARLES F. HABER Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 25, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Even with failing eyesight, nobody had a clearer vision of how to raise a family than Rosie Person.

"She was known citywide as the grandmother that took care of her own," said her friend, Sonja Smith.

Smith added that her friend was a strong disciplinarian who "gave child rearing a whole new meaning.".

Rosie Lue Person, 87, of East Chicago and Cincinnati, died Feb. 25.

A personable woman, she could reach out with her heart to family and friends.

Everyone knew they could talk to her and get valuable advice, Smith said.

"She had a great influence in the life of her grandchildren," Smith said.

This included raising and encouraging most of them, including baseball superstar Kenny Lofton, who graced the fields of several major league teams, including both the White Sox and Cubs.

"I know that she was my grandmother," Lofton said. "But she was also my mother."

Lofton recalled how she would clean the front door glass every week with vinegar and newspaper.

Smith noted that Person had seven children along with 20 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren -- and three great-great-grandchildren.

"She treasured them dearly."

She worked at Calumet Laundry for many years until the time came to raise her family, Smith said.

Although legally blind from glaucoma, Person kept up with her housework, babysitting and cooking, Smith said.

Some of her specialties were tea cakes, homemade ice-cream, hog head cheese and making wine from grapes.

She also loved quilting, playing bingo, dancing the "ham bone," watching her soaps and the Chicago Cubs.

But her biggest love was her family as she took part in all of their schooling and outside activities, Smith said.

"She also nurtured a lot of other children, relatives and friends," her friend said with admiration.

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