Rosalie (Mrs. Charles) Overby, age 75 of Wilmot died Monday, June 20, 2016, at Tekakwitha Living Center in Sisseton.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Summit. Rev. Justin Neugebauer will officiate. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the services.
Music will be provided by Val Moen, organist and Tim Mundwiler, vocalist. Honorary bearers will be: Amanda Rose Westberg, Rebecca Halvorson, Robin Bortenum, Robert Halvorson, Jeff Hagen, James Hagen, Jared Hagen, Shawn Westberg, Krista Westberg Brown, Devin Westberg, Darick Westberg, Jennifer Ries, and Nicholas Ries.
Rosalie Ann (Westberg) Overby was born January 27, 1941, in Grandy, MN. She was the daughter of Woodrow and Mabel (Legaard) Westberg.
Most of Rosalie’s early years were spent growing up and attending elementary school at Lura #4 in Roberts County, SD just south of Summit. She attended Summit High School through the 11th grade. She was very active in speech, debate, and music (both band and vocal). Rosalie was also a varsity cheerleader and had been nominated to Girls State. Education had been a top priority for Rosalie as she had always maintained an excellent academic record. Rosalie graduated with honors from the Cambridge, MN Community High School in the spring of 1959. Rosalie was employed by the Cambridge State Bank. Two years later she joined the firm of Midwest Electric in Minneapolis, MN. Rosalie also attended the University of Minnesota and enrolled in several banking courses offered through the American Institute of Banking.
Rosalie was united in marriage with Charles (Bruce) Overby on November 23, 1961, at Hope Lutheran Church in Summit, SD. The couple made their first home in Wilmot as Bruce joined the Wilmot Public School faculty. Two years later Rosalie and Bruce moved to Bloomington, MN where Bruce joined the faculty with the Bloomington Public Schools. Rosalie worked for the Northwestern National Bank of Bloomington/Richfield. The couple resided in Bloomington eleven years and were blessed with a daughter, Jillene Terese in 1971.
The family moved to Fort Dodge, IA in 1975 where Bruce took an elementary principal’s job. That same year, a daughter, Cori Beth was welcomed into the family.
Rosalie held several notable positions including working for The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and two law firms. She worked for The Lakedale Telephone Company for 17 years as an inventory/supply specialist and retired in 2006.
Rosalie had many hobbies including adult leadership in 4-H, crocheting, knitting, tatting, quilting, and making prayer shawls. She was an avid outdoor enthusiast! She enjoyed gardening, especially flowers. She loved to fish and often out-fished her husband! She also enjoyed pheasant hunting in her earlier years. She was an excellent horseback rider and adored her Labradors and cats. Rosalie won many ribbons and awards for her amateur photography. County fairs were a highlight as she thoroughly enjoyed the home crafted exhibits. She loved country music, especially “good old boy” Sherwin Linton and his Johnny Cash music. She loved the arts and found great pleasure in the simple things. Rosalie was a great lefse maker and really enjoyed the lefse gatherings with her sisters, nieces, and daughters. Even her husband enjoyed the lefse making at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Rosalie and Bruce enjoyed cheering for the Summit Eagles, especially the basketball and volleyball teams.
Rosalie taught Sunday School and Bible School in several of the churches where she had been a member. Her daughters, husband, nieces and nephews were her life. She often prayed for the less fortunate and generally cared about people and her friends. She was never cross nor vindictive toward anyone.
Rosalie loved to travel. She and Bruce enjoyed their travels, embracing the joys and beauty of the land. They enjoyed visiting Canada and Vancouver was a favorite place. They traveled to British Columbia twice and visited Whistle in 2010.
Rosalie and Bruce enjoyed celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends.
Rosalie spent the last months and days of her life at Tekawitha Living Center in Sisseton. Her family is grateful for the excellent care that she received. The staff was truly excellent with their caring and loving spirit.
Memorials should be directed to the South Dakota Alzheimer’s Association. Her family thanks everyone for their generosity for helping to find a cure for the dreaded and dastardly disease.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Charles (Bruce) Overby of Wilmot, SD; two daughters: Jillene T. Overby of Tioga, TX and Cori B. Overby of Clear Water, MN; three sisters: Janice (Omar) Halvorson of Summit, SD; Elaine (David) Hagen of St. Cloud, MN; Cindi Ries (Craig Serbus) of Belle Plaine, MN; two brothers: Richard (Darla) Westberg of Copperopolis, CA; Michael (Barb) Westberg of Tracy, MN; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Ethel Legaard; her parents: Woodrow and Mabel; and one brother, John (Jack).