Rosemary Arhart

Rosemary O. Arhart, age 84, wife of the late Dallas and mother of Tony Arhart and Sharilee Arhart-Ackerman, of Winthrop, Minnesota, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020, at her home in Winthrop. Funeral service will be held on Friday, July 10, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winthrop with interment in the Winthrop Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Rosie Arhart Conservation Easement Project – Rosie’s Conservation Easement Project is to maintain and manage her restored wetland and prairie habitats in Sibley County. Rosemary is survived by her son, Anthony Arhart and his wife Barb; her daughter, Sharilee Ackerman and her husband, Kyle. Grandchildren Sophie Arhart, Gracie Arhart, Jacob Arhart, Jordan Arhart, Josh Arhart and his wife, Danielle and great grandchildren, Rowan and Ainslie. Brothers, Russell Kiecker and his wife Patty; Michael Kiecker and his wife Linda; brothers-in-law, Ralph Magnenat and Delmar Bussler; sister-in-law, Cindy Arhart; many nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, other relatives and friends. Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Arhart; parents, Hilmer and Ordell Kiecker; sister, Monica Kiecker Magnenat; father-in-Law and mother-in-Law, Dwight and Thelma Arhart; sister-in-law, Rebecca Bussler; brother-in-law, John Arhart. Rosemary “Rosie” Ordell (Kiecker) Arhart was born on March 5, 1936, in Wellington Township, MN. She was the daughter of Hilmer and Ordell (Klukas) Kiecker. Rosemary was baptized as an infant in 1936, at Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wellington Township, Renville County, Minnesota. She received her high school education in Fairfax, and was a graduate and the Valedictorian of the 1953 class of Fairfax High School. After high school, Rosemary went to work as a secretary for the Sheldon Larson Law Firm in Winthrop, MN. On June 23, 1957, Rosemary was united in marriage to Dallas Dwight Arhart at Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wellington Township. After their marriage, the couple farmed in Bismarck Township, Sibley County, MN. Once the children were in school, she went to work for the US Post Office in Winthrop as a clerk, and later as a rural carrier. Rosie and Dallas shared 55 years of marriage and were blessed with two children–Anthony Dallas and Sharilee May. Rosie was a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winthrop. She served and held offices in the Ladies Guild. She also sang in the choir, was a Sunday School teacher, participated in “family night” skits, and played with the church ladies volleyball team in the DMLC tournaments. She was a big part of the Winthrop Community Theatre, and movie theatre, in Winthrop. She acted in many of the Theatre Play Productions. Rosie played softball with the Winthrop Women’s League until she was 52 years young. She also enjoyed being a competitive member of the Bismarck Township Horseshoe team. Rosie had a beautiful singing voice and had the honor of singing for many events. She was blessed to sing with many choirs, including the Sibley County Choir. Rosemary had many talents, whether it be artistic, academic, running farm equipment and raising livestock, singing or sports. She would be the first to volunteer, and would not quit until the job was done. She had an infectious laugh that would bring a smile to our faces. Rosie enjoyed dancing, gardening, snowmobiling, foraging, cooking, and canning. She made the best lemon meringue pies, canned dill pickles, wild game, and fish entrees. She really loved to fish, winter and summer. During the 2003 Minnesota moose season, with a single shot using open sights, she was the first and oldest hunter to register a moose. She enjoyed the wildlife and the changing seasons on her restored wetland and prairie habitats on the farm, while spending time with her family and grandchildren, especially playing games and cards and trying new recipes. She always thought of her family’s needs before her own. Rosemary passed away on Monday June 29, 2020, in her home, at the age of 84, with her children by her side. She was truly a Child of God. Blessed be her memory. During a time like this we realize how much our friends and relatives mean to us. Your expressions of sympathy will always be remembered. Arrangements by the Dalin-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Winthrop. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at www.hantge.com<http://www.hantge.com>.

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