Roseilyn Henryetta Kennedy, 99, of Sutherland passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 at the Sutherland Care Center.
Roseilyn was born July 1, 1920, at Palmer to Henry and Rose (Wegner) Nedrig. She grew up on the family farm near Palmer and attended a country school.
On Nov. 10, 1942, Rosie married David Kennedy and became instant mom to Warren, 11, and Don, 7. They made their home on the family farm north of Sutherland. To this union two daughters were born, Virginia Ann and Eugenia Rae.
Rosie loved the farm, raising chickens, separating milk into cream, gardening, especially her flower gardens.
In 1961 Dave and Rosie built a home in Sutherland and moved from the farm to town.
Roseilyn was a woman of strong faith, the cornerstone of her family, a devoted fisherwoman, and a flower enthusiast. Rosie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sutherland for over 65 years where she served several terms as elder, deacon, and taught Sunday school. During the summer months, every Sunday for decades the sanctuary was blessed with two beautiful fresh flower bouquets from her flower garden.
Rosie was a wonderful cook and enjoyed preparing family dinners for everyone.
Activities that children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were involved in, she was there to offer her support. She offered the reception blessing at most family weddings.
Her favorite activity was fishing. Rosie would get up 4 a.m. to get the chores done, pack a big lunch and arrive early at the “Big Lake” to fish all day. Dave and Rosie loved to spend time fishing and camping in their motor home.
She was a member of Lilies of the Valley Garden Club for over forty-five years and served as treasurer for District 9 of the Federated Garden Clubs of Nebraska for twenty years.
Survivors include daughters, Virginia (Lon) Wisdom and Eugenia (Ross Dinwiddie) Kennedy and daughters-in-law, Gerry Kennedy and Iris Kennedy, all of Sutherland; grandchildren, Sherry (Frank) Thompson of Lemoyne, Larry (Annette) Kennedy, Ken (Renee’) Kennedy, Michelle (Jim) Kalin, and Heather (Jason) Marquardt, all of Sutherland, Kari (Roger) Miller of Omaha, Dawn Wisdom of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ben (Ron Bartells ) Galatzan of Manitou Springs, Colo., Rose (Justin) Hanke of Johnston, Iowa, and Mercy (David Manzanares) Lincoln; 12 great grandchildren; nine great great-grandchildren; and other family.
Rosie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David; three brothers; sister, sons, Warren and Don Kennedy, and great granddaughter, Katie Kennedy.
Visitation will be on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1-4 p.m. at Carpenter Memorial Chapel. Services will be held Monday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church in Sutherland. Inurnment will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Sutherland.
Carpenter Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
In accordance with her wishes cremation was chosen. Memorials may be made to The First Presbyterian Church or Sutherland Fire & Rescue.