Rosemary “Rosie” Wanjiru Githinji, 28, of Kokomo, Ind., formerly of Farina, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Farina Methodist Church. Interment will be in Alma Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to service time Saturday at the church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.jwnealfuneralhome.net.
Rosie was born Tuesday, May 14, 1985, in Nairobi, Kenya, the daughter of Solomon Githinji and Connie (Johnson) Githinji. She attended Kaskakia Community College and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. While at Edwardsville, Rosie was a reporter and the opinion/managing editor at the Alestle student newspaper and an active member of the student body. Rosie interned at the Alton Telegraph in Alton. She won journalism awards in statewide competitions. She graduated with a BA in Mass Communications with an emphasis in print and electronic journalism and a minor in speech communications in December of 2011 from SIUE.
Rosie was a past employee of Jack Flash BP in Farina, and the Mount Vernon Register-News as a general assignment reporter and photographer in Mount Vernon. She was working for the Kokomo Perspective as the city beat reporter in Kokomo, Ind. Rosie worked on 4U Mornings for the Perspective as well. She was much loved and will greatly missed by many, all over the world — including her birthplace, Kenya, in East Africa.
Surviving are her parents, Solomon and Connie Githinji of Farina; sisters, Susan Githinji of Albuquerque, N.M., and Ann Githinji of Seattle; and grandfather, Richard Johnson of Cudahey, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Nadene Githinji; and her grandmother, Nadene Johnson.
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