(Loretta) Rosemary Lange, age 90 of Crofton, Nebraska died on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, SD.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 10:30 am at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton, Nebraska with Reverend Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be in the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, at church, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm with a vigil service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Thursday. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton.
Pallbearers will be Warren Lange Jr., Nick Meyer, Adam Lange, Grayson Lange, Tim Lange, and Eric Lange. Honorary pallbearers will be Shirley Kaiser, Laverta Mauch, Lois Leader, Mary Ellen Caylor, Charlene Kube, Bette Keiser and all of Rosemary’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Rosemary was born on April 13, 1929 on the family farm in Menominee, Nebraska to Anton and Mary (Schaefer) Hoebelheinrich. Growing up, she helped out with farm chores, which included milking cows, picking corn by hand, making hay bales, and cooking for the farmhands. On April 19, 1954, Rosemary married Elred Lange in Menominee, Nebraska. Together, they raised seven children.
Rosemary enjoyed bowling, gardening, canning, playing bingo, and playing cards with her card club. Rosemary embraced her faith, her family and her community and spent her life nurturing and supporting each one. She welcomed each person who married into the family as another son or daughter. She treasured the arrival of each precious grandchild and great-grandchild and surrounded them with love.
She embraced her cancer diagnosis with strength and courage, setting her sights on celebrating her 90th birthday and welcoming twin great-grandsons. She accomplished those milestones and then, when she realized her work was done she welcomed the Lord’s embrace.
Rosemary was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton. For many years, she kept a Wednesday night vigil at the church. Rosemary was a member of the Christian Mothers and was recently recognized for being a 50-year member of the Catholic Daughters. She was also part of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Postal Service Auxiliary, the Women’s Club, and served as both president and vice president of the senior center in Crofton for many years.
Rosemary is survived by her children, Dale (Vonda) Lange of Crofton, NE, Debra Meyer of Crofton, NE, Warren (Ann) Lange of Bloomfield, NE, Jonathan (Cindy) Lange of Yankton, SD, Todd (Lonna) Lange of Yankton, SD, Rhonda (Jared) Rang of Lincoln, NE; daughter-in-law Barbara Lange of Crofton, NE; sister Denelda Janus; sisters-in-law Johanna Hoebelheinrich, Mary Lange, Anne Lange, Arlyce Willson, Severa Pflanz; brother-in-law Mark Schmidt, 18 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Mary Hoebelheinrich, husband Elred Lange on May 30, 2000 at the age of 69, son Kevin Lange, infant daughter Brenda Lange, son-in-law Dennis Meyer, sister Dorothy Schmidt, and five brothers Ralph, Albin, Leonard, Gerald, and Anthony Hoebelheinrich.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Crofton Senior Center in memory of Rosemary.