Rosemary Githinji (28) of Kokomo, formerly of Farina

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Published on July 24 2013 9:51 am

Rosemary "Rosie" Wanjiru Githinji, 28 of Kokomo, Indiana, formerly of Farina, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Rosemary was born Tuesday, May 14, 1985 in Nairobi, Kenya, the daughter of Solomon Githinji and Connie (Johnson) Githinji of Farina, IL. 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, IL.  She won journalism awards in state-wide 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 is a past employee of Jack Flash BP in Farina, IL and the Mt. Vernon Register-News as a general assignment reporter and photographer in Mt. Vernon, IL.  She was working for the Kokomo Perspective as the city beat reporter in Kokomo, IN.  Rosie worked on 4U Mornings for the Perspective as well.  She was much loved and will be greatly missed by many, all over the world - including her birthplace, Kenya, in East Africa.

In addition to her parents she is also survived by two sisters, Susan Githinji of Albuquerque, NM and Ann Githinji of Seattle, WA.; and grandfather Richard Johnson of Cudahey, WI.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Nadene Githinji and her grandmother, Nadene Johnson.

Arrangements are being handled by J.W. Neal Funeral Home, Kinmundy, IL.  The family will receive friends from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Friday, July 26, 2013 at Farina United Methodist Church.  A second visitation will be held at 9:30am to 10:30am Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the church.  Funeral service will be at the Farina United Methodist Church at 10:30am on Saturday, July 27, 2013.  Interment will be in Alma Cemetery, Alma, IL.

Memorials may be made to the family and will be received at the church.  Online condolences may be left by clicking here.