Paulene Rossman is the August Resident of the Month at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home, Archbold.
Born on March 29, 1922, to Charley and Malinda (Rufenacht) Nafziger, she had one sister, Lillian Sauder, and four brothers, Earl, Ora, Vern and Loren.
Paulene grew up on a farm between Archbold and Pettisville. Her family attended Central Mennonite Church, where she sang with a ladies quartet.
Paulene attended the Pettisville School District, and graduated from high school in 1940. She wanted to be a nurse but could not afford the schooling, so she worked in a factory in Wauseon.
After work she visited Ed Shad’s store, where she met her future husband, Gene Rossman. The couple married on Sept. 17, 1944, while Gene was in the Navy.
They had three children: David, Tom and Mary Jo (Bray). They also have seven grandchildren.
In 1964, Paulene and Gene operated Rossman’s Meat Market in Wauseon. They retired in 1989 and lived in Wauseon.
They were members of the First Christian Church of Wauseon where she held various offices. She was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star.
She also volunteered at Care & Share.
Paulene was a great baker and is known for her large sugar cookies and hickory nut cakes.