In 1913, a flower, like no other, bloomed on the Uselman family tree. Your parents gave you a name that would bring joy and happiness to everyone you would meet – Rose!
Life on the farm was hard but you talked about the GOOD THINGS – Your favorite horses, family memories – and lard sandwiches for lunch!
You never shied away from HARD WORK – willing to do whatever it took to MAKE your way in the world.
How THRILLED you must have been when an ADMIRING young man showed his INTEREST by passing along the easiest to pluck HENS at the turkey processing plant. That’s how you knew TONY was THE ONE!
Four years later, you and Tony had SCRIMPED and SAVED enough to get married. Who COULD have IMAGINED the lives YOU two would impact during your 76 years together?
Well, today Rosie, we look back in awe at the love you spread and the people you touched along the way.
The Early Years
The Ament family EARLY YEARS were challenging, but typical for the times.
Tony found work out west. Rose took the train to visit – with Yvonne and Bob in tow. Upon arriving, space was at a premium.
But our resourceful Rose made the most of it USING a dresser drawer as a BED for baby Bob.
Tony built a business and Rose tended their home and FAMILY which now included Gary and Mary. She enjoyed making JAM and canning vegetables from her GARDEN.
Grandma loved to learn! As an adult she took night classes in typing, swimming, HAT making, guitar, speed reading and bridge. You can’t help but SMILE at the memory of Rose plucking away a Johnny Cash TUNE for her YOUNG audience in the living room.
Rose LIVED to SERVE others. FAMILY came first but she didn’t stop there. She was a charter member of the:
- Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary
- Eagles Lady Auxiliary
- Daughters of Isabella
- Crosier Apostolate
- Christian Mothers
She and Tony were charter members of Holy Spirit.
Did you know that she volunteered FOUR THOUSAND HOURS at the St. Cloud hospital?
How about the fact that she BEGAN volunteering at the Salvation Army in 1994 – AFTER celebrating her 81st birthday!
Faith and Family
Faith played a central role in Rosie’s life. She treasured saying the Rosary. Grandpa made her a special ROSARY of Job’s Tears. They prayed the Rosary everyday.
We know our Rosie is with her Father in Heaven. Though we will miss her dearly, we thank God for blessing us with a woman so devoted to her Heavenly Father, her husband, and her family.
The Best Hugs
Friends and family will miss her inquisitive nature, uplifting personality, and heartfelt hugs.
Rose loved a party. Sharing her zest for life, she enriched and inspired those around her.
The Best Advice
When you live for 100 years you create a lot of memories. As the days and the years go by, be sure to share your memories of Rosie! Here are a few memories – and life lessons – from Rose:
- Always look for a bargain! Her shopping trips to GOPHER for deals on dented cans taught us to look for a bargain – and to know that even though things may not look PERFECT on the outside, they were JUST FINE on the inside.
- It’s okay to visit a little during Mass – but only if you’re watching it on TV! Especially if you make positive comments on the homily.
- You should ALWAYS serve dessert. Leave the knife in the pan so it’s easy to CARVE OFF another slice!
- A game of dice is a GREAT WAY to start a conversation.
- Sometimes it’s GOOD to be a little mischievous – Hey, what’s that on the living room carpet?
- Buttons do a lot for an outfit – REALLY!
- It’s easier to make both ends MEAT – if you throw in a few POTATOES.
- “Any PORT in a storm” Don’t be too CHOOSY about where help comes from.
- Don’t wash the KITCHEN TOWELS with the UNDERWEAR!
- Describing delicious food is ALMOST as good as EATING it.
- Be CURIOUS and INTERESTED in everything – hobbies, people, current events.
- Welcome the POSITIVE in a person and be a STRANGER to the negative.
- Always be AVAILABLE and WILLING to HELP OUT.
Rosie, today we say farewell – but not goodbye. You’ll always be with us in spirit. You’ve shown us how to live a full life.
You are just as your name says – a Rose. Someone who brings joy and love to anyone, anywhere, even in their darkest days. You always shined bright and brought laughter wherever you traveled.
We will REMEMBER YOU as a beloved WIFE, MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, great GRANDMOTHER and FRIEND.
And we will be FOREVER GRATEFUL that God brought YOU into our lives.
Eulogy for Rose C. Ament delivered May 14, 2013 by her Granddaughter Susie