Rosetta May (Brown) Hard was born Nov. 4, 1934, to Louie and Gladys Brown at their home outside of Dow City. She joined one brother Leo, and later her sisters, Betty and Carolyn, and brother, Richard, completed the Brown family.
Rosetta attended grade school and high school at Dow City – Arion Community School where she graduated in 1953. After high school, she attended a business college in Omaha, Neb., and worked for a real estate office in their business department.
Rosetta was united in marriage to Duane LeRoy Hard on April 10, 1955. The couple settled in Omaha, Neb., until 1971, when they moved back to Dow City and raised their family.
Rosetta worked seasonally at Earl May Garden Center for roughly 35 years. She also worked for the Dunlap Care Center, Denison Job Corps Center and Earl May simultaneously after the death of her husband in 1992, until she finally retired in June of 2014. Gardening and flowers were some of her pastimes. She spent many spring and summer days planting flowers and tending to her garden and flowerbeds. She also enjoyed knitting dishrags, cooking, baking her famous Raggedy Ann bars and chocolate chip cookies, making her famous raspberry jelly and spending time with friends and family.
Rosetta enjoyed shopping trips with her children and grandchildren to snoop around for something new. She always made sure to remember the birthdays and special days of family and friends, reaching out with a simple card or phone call to let them know she cared. She spent 44 years on their acreage outside of Dow City until 2017 when she moved to the nursing home.
Rosetta peacefully passed away on Jan. 30, 2019, at the age of 84 at the Algona Manor, where she lived the last few months being visited each day by her granddaughters and friends, talking on the phone to longtime friends and family, playing bingo and other activities – continuing her connection with people and learning about them.
She was preceded in death by her husband Duane, parents Louie and Gladys, in-laws Charlie and Pearl, brother and sister-in-law Leo and Lila, sister and brother-in-law Betty and Jerry, brother and sister-in-law Charlie Jr. and Rosanna, and sister-in-law Betty.
Rosetta is survived by her daughters, Laurie, Tricia and her husband Steve; six grandchildren, Zachary, Cody, Kelsey, Cameron, Morgan and Katelyn; three great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Izaiah and Alexandria; her brother and his wife, Richard and MaryAnn; her sister and husband, Carolyn and Larry; and her husband’s siblings, Kenneth, Lois, Burdette and Darrell, and Leora; and countless other nieces, nephews, relatives, family and friends.
Her kind heart, sharp wit and honest demeanor will be missed by everyone she encountered and connected with over the years.
Funeral Services were 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 4, at the Huebner Funeral Home in Denison. The Rev. Lauri Boysen officiated the service with graveside rites held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dunlap. Soloist was Rosetta’s daughter, Tricia Hard-Cox, who sang, “In the Garden.” Recorded music selections included “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran, “To Where You Are” by Josh Groban and “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye” by Patty Loveless.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were Kelsey Lahowetz, Morgan Lahndorf, Katelyn Lahndorf, Jill Schoenherr, Missy Conner and Jamie Schoenherr. Serving as pallbearers were Zachary Lahowetz, Cody Lahowetz, Cameron Lahndorf, Matthew Mathison, Jackson Berte and Devin Bernhard. The family invited everyone to the Dunlap City Hall for fellowship and lunch served by the United Methodist Women and catered by Staley’s.
The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.