Clara J. Roseth

Clara J. Roseth, age 88, of Midland, died Wednesday evening, January 10, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 13, at the Deep Creek Lutheran Church north of Midland, with Pastor Ann Schlossnagle officiating.

Music was provided by Marlis Doud, organist, and Barbara Larson and Shirley Halligan, vocalist. Ushers were Billy Markwed and Dick Hudson. Pallbearers were Thor, Rhett, Adam and Nicholas Roseth, Clint Alleman, Todd and Jim Larson. Honorary pallbearers were Kayce Roseth, Kristin Martin, Kelly Nelson and Renee Schofield.

Interment was in the Deep Creek Cemetery, rural Midland, SD.

Clara J. Fosheim was born April 11, 1918, on the family homestead one-and-a-half miles southwest of Deep Creek Church, the ninth of 11 children born to Thor and Gjertina (Gabrieldst) Fosheim.

Clara was quite proud of her Norwegian heritage. She attended grade school at Stoney Butte School. One of her most cherished possessions was a Valentine she received from Roy when she was in the third grade and Roy was in the sixth grade. During her senior year, Clara was selected as Midland High School Homecoming Queen. While attending high school, she worked for room and board at the Midland parsonage.

Clara graduated from Midland High School in 1937. After graduation, she worked at the cafe at the Noble Garage for a year. She then attended college at Spearfish Normal. The trip from Midland to Spearfish was Clara's first bus ride. The bus stopped for the evening in Rapid City. Clara was so afraid she'd get lost in the big city, she spent the entire night at the bus terminal.

Clara earned her teaching certificate in 1939. In her first teaching job, she earned $60 per month at Markwed School where she taught for four years. She then taught in the Fosheim, Hand and Schanzenbach area at Little Eagle School until 1945.

Clara became engaged to be married to Roy Roseth in January of 1942, prior to Roy's entry into the United States Navy. Roy returned home on furlough from WWII in 1944. Since they could see no end to the war, they were united in marriage on September 18, 1944. She spent the next 62 years raising their family on their ranch in Moenville until they moved to Philip in September 2006.

Clara greatly enjoyed keeping records and compiled histories for the numerous branches of the family. She was a lifetime member of the Deep Creek Church and Ladies Aid and Treasure Hunters Extension Club. She was a permanent historian for both groups. Clara was editor for Volume I and II of the Deep Creek Church Chronicles and the Prairie Progress in West Central South Dakota. She and Ruth Neuhauser recently compiled a history of rural schools in northeast Haakon County.

You never saw Clara with idle hands. We have all been blessed with treasures of afghans, potholders and dishcloths she had made. It was important to her to be able to create and give. Clara loved to read and her collection of books would fill a small library. Clara felt privileged that her family all lived near enough to gather for many special family events. She loved her grandkids and doted on her great-grandkids.

Grateful for having shared her life include her husband, Roy Roseth, of Midland; two daughters, Carmen Alleman and her husband, Clark, of Hayes, and Sophie Foley and her husband, Pat, of Midland; two sons, Duane Roseth and his wife, Lola, of Midland, and Julian Roseth and his wife, Coreen, of Midland; 11 grandchildren: Kayce, Thor, and Rhett Roseth; Kristin Martin, Adam and Nicholas Roseth, Clint Alleman, Kelly Nelson, Renee Schofield, Todd Larson and Jim Larson; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Thilda Mulcahy of Philip and Ida Hunt of Midland; two sisters-in-law, Charlotte Roseth of Philip and Marie Anderson of Midland; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Esther Schanzenbach, Anna Walker, Emma Root, Olga Meyers, and Minnie Fosheim; one brother, Pete Fosheim; two siblings in infancy; and a son-in-law, Charlie Larson.

Arrangements were with Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Written tributes may be made at www. rushfuneralhome.com