Rosetta Martha Schwerin, daughter of Reinhold and Paulina Kelling Michael, was born January 11, 1921, in Fremont Township of rural Bremer County, Iowa. She was baptized February 6, 1921, and confirmed March 25, 1934, at St. John Lutheran Church, Crane Creek of rural Tripoli. She received her education in the Fremont Township School and later earned her G.E.D.
On May 24, 1940, she was united in marriage with Walter A. Schwerin at St. John Lutheran Church, Crane Creek. The couple made their home in Frederika from 1948 to 1973 where they owned and operated the Frederika Feed Mill. In 1973, they moved to Tripoli. Walter’s death occurred on April 11, 2003, and Rosetta continued to maintain her home in Tripoli until she entered the Tripoli Nursing Home in December of 2007. Her death occurred at the nursing home on Friday, March 2, 2012. She was ninety-one years old and had been a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church in Frederika where she was active in many church activities including teaching Sunday school. At one time she had been a 4-H leader, and enjoyed handiwork, cross stitch, and playing cards.
Rosetta is survived by two daughters, Judith (Elmer, Jr.) Buchholz of Charles City and Janet Schwerin of Waverly; one grandson, Howard Buchholz of Forest City; two great grandsons, Ryan Buchholz of Stoughton, Wisconsin and Cory Hastings of Mason City; one sister, Ruth Martin of Sun City, California; a sister-in-law, Bernice Myers of Palm Desert, California, one brother-in-law, Henry Hennings of Tripoli; and very special friends, Ernie and Virginia Sage of Dunkerton.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph; one sister, Renetta, and two sisters who died in infancy.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at the St. John Lutheran Church in Frederika with Pastor Dale Halverson officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m., until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour preceding services at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be at Harlington Cemetery in Waverly at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Memorials may be given in her name to St. John Lutheran Church, Frederika, Cedar Valley Hospice, or the Tripoli Nursing Home.