Carmelita Elena Ward Rossier Hutchinson, 84, of Indianapolis, passed away Jan. 1, 2016. She was born Nov. 15, 1931, in Sutton, Vt., to the late Earl and Grace (Flanders) Ward.
For many years, Carmelita was a telephone operator for New England Bell and Southern Bell. One of her greatest joys was to entertain friends and family at her tourist home in McIndoe Falls, Vermont. Carmelita was a member of Park Chapel Christian Church.
Carmelita is survived by her daughter, Gail Rossier; daughter-in-law, Marianne Rossier; granddaughters, Erin Jennings (Ben) and Lauren Bodkin (Jeff); great-grandchildren, Graham Gifford Bodkin and Mia Carmen Bodkin; sisters, Pearl Baird, Charmaine Newland, Mildred Ward, and Jean Fournier (Jerry); sister-in-laws, Linda Ward and Geneva Rossier and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her former husband, Gifford Rossier; son, Glenn Rossier and brother, Wesley Ward.
The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Carmelita will be buried back home in Vermont.
Memorial contributions may be made in Carmelita’s honor to CICOA, 4755 Kingsway Dr. Indpls. IN 46205 or Autumn Glen-Bloom Community, 2250 Harvest Moon Dr. Indpls. IN 46229 or Seasons Hospice, 1099 N. Meridian St. #905, Indpls. IN 46204. www.shirleybrothers.com