Mary Rose Sweers
Mary Rose Sweers, 90, of Britt passed away Monday, March 11, 2019 at Hancock County Memorial Hospital in Britt.
Funeral services for Mary Rose Sweers will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the United Methodist Church, 707 4th Street South West in Britt with Pastor Robert Dodge officiating. Interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Britt.
Visitation for Mary Rose Sweers will be held on March 13, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Chapel, 178 Center Street West in Britt, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Mary Rose was born on February 3, 1929, to Charles and Lela (Deihl) Hall in Sangamon County, Illinois. She moved with her parents to Iowa when she was a young teen. She attended school in Britt and graduated from Britt High School in 1947.
Mary Rose Hall and Bennie Sweers were married on November 27, 1948, at the Evangelical Free Church in Britt. To this union six children were born. Ben and Rosie began farming in Erin Township before moving to the farmstead where they remained for over sixty years.
Rosie was a true homemaker and farm wife working hand in hand with Ben to raise crops and livestock. Rosie took charge of the chores so that Ben could work off the farm to support their growing family. She loved the out of doors and spent many hours working in the flower beds and vegetable gardens. There was always room at Rosie’s kitchen table for family and friends who might stop by. During baling and corn shelling time she would provide two square meals as well as morning and afternoon coffee for a crew of thirty-five or more! She was a pro at packing meals to deliver to all the workers in the fields.
In addition to her life on the farm, Rosie was actively involved in her children’s activities. These included 4-H, UM youth group, Hobo Day Church stand and Music Mothers. She attended many sports events, music concerts, plays, and award banquets. Wherever her children were participating, you would find Mary Rose.
During the last twenty years of her life, Rosie fought Parkinson’s disease. She refused to let it beat her. She continued to find ways to adapt to remain as vital as possible. Rosie modeled grace and determination for all with whom she came in contact as she persevered.
Mary Rose is survived by her children: daughter-in-law Robin Sweers and her son Kevin Sweers; Becky (Ron) Holten and their children Beth (Nicolas) Lapoujade, Janet (Greg) Amundson, John (Ashley) Holten; Charles (Sharon) Sweers and their children Benjamin (Julie) Sweers and Melissa Prichard; Jan Sweers; Fred (Renee) Sweers and their children Jessica (Jay) Delp, Christine (Nate) Allen, Josiah (Stephanie) Sweers, and Gabriel (Logan) Sweers; Jim (Julie) Sweers and their son Jacob Sweers, stepdaughter Jackie (Chris) Baumfalk, and stepsons James Campbell, Joe Campbell, and Jay (Allison) Campbell; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Janet Moldenhauer, Francine Sweers; brother-in-law Herman (Sally) Sweers; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mary Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Bennie; her son Philip Sweers; twin granddaughters Stacy and Stephanie Holten; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Carrie and Clarence Schaefer; Lucille and Adrian DeWaard; Jake and Margaret Sweers; Louie and Joan Sweers; Elmer Sweers; Clint Moldenhauer.
Memorials may be sent to West Hancock Ambulance Service (WHAS) or to Hancock County Health Services Foundation (HCHS) for the Parkinson’s Program in memory of Mary Rose.