Rosetta M. Schwerin

             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.


Al & Sherril Hastings on March 5, 2012 at 7:42 AM said:

Dear Judy and family: Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you at this time. Cory always spoke of his great grandmother with fond memories and still cherishes the quilt he has that was made by her.
Kristin J. Schwerin Nelson on March 4, 2012 at 7:07 PM said:

I'm the youngest of all the Schwerin nieces to Aunt Rosetta. I didn't get to see her much but, when I did, she always was so friendly and gentle. One of my husband's and my favorite wedding gifts was the cross stitch and frame the Walt & Rosetta made. It's still hanging in our room today. What a wonderful gift for the arts God gave them both. I also remember Janet being so awesome with the puzzles. My daughter, Arianna has been doing some the past few years and I always think of Janet. May God bless you and give you peace during this sad time of loss.
Ronny and Wanda Heidemann on March 4, 2012 at 2:37 PM said:

Our Prayers are with you. Rosetta was a beautiful lady, always quick with a smile and a wonderful neighbor and friend. Please find comfort in these words found in John 14:1-3 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
Brenda Bergmann on March 4, 2012 at 5:15 AM said:

Judy & Janet - My deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved mother. She was a very special lady. I have very fond memories of attending church with her and working with her during church activities. She will be missed.
Bonnie Johnston on March 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM said:

Judy and Janet--My sister called me to tell me about our aunts death. So sorry to hear the news. Our sympathies to you two and your family. We are still in Texas and will not be home to attend the services. Your mom led a full life, full of activities. God's blessings to all. Bonnie & Keith

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