Rosalie Nkazana (Buka) Mazobere, born on November 25, 1928, died on October 9, 2021. She was born in Nyele, Plumtree Zimbabwe to Mazwi and Manungwa Buka (Nleya). She was the second born in a family of 3 sisters and one brother who have passed away. She was married to the late Rev. Crispen Mazobere and had one child; the late Timothy Mazobere. She leaves behind three grandchildren: Roseann, Thembani, and Bokani. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren: Mary and Christopher Mazobere and a host of other relatives.
Rosalie went to Nyele primary school in Plumtree before proceeding to Tyger Kloof in South Africa, where she completed her teacher’s training. She married the late Rev. Crispin Christopher Mazobere in 1951. They were blessed with one child, the late Timothy Sihambile Mazobere, in 1952.
Rosalie moved to the United Kingdom before moving on to the United States, where she attended Harvard University and Boston College, obtaining a bachelor’s and master’s degree, respectively. They lived in Boston, Massachusetts, where her husband, Crispen Mazobere, was a minister at the St. Marks Methodist Church until Zimbabwe’s independence when they returned home.
She worked as a social welfare officer for many years in Bulawayo until her return to the United States in 2003 to be with her only son and grandchildren.
Rosalie was a powerful and independent woman who always did what she pleased and never accepted influence from anyone unless that influence coincided with her desires. This trait made her very influential amongst her relatives and friends alike, explaining why she never minced words. She would give anyone tough love.
She and her husband spent many years supporting the struggle for independence in Zimbabwe by donating to the cause. Her home became a haven for Zimbabweans in America suffering from the ramifications of political injustice in Zimbabwe.
Rosalie spent the latter years of her life in a loving community in Lowell, Massachusetts. Her death has robbed relatives and friends of an incredible soul. Today, Rosalie is at peace in the presence of her relatives, husband, son, and above all, the Lord in heaven.
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