Rose Anna Detloff

  • Born: October 30, 1919
  • Died: December 3, 2013
  • Location: Sturgis, Michigan

Tribute & Message From The Family

Rose Anna Detloff went home to her Savior Jesus Christ on December 3, 2013. Rose was born October 30, 1919 to Fred and Emma (Gohl) Wittwer in Hayes County in southwestern Nebraska and grew up on a farm outside nearby Culbertson. She was baptized on December 7, 1919 at Blackwood Lutheran Church, with her baptismal verse taken from Psalm 37: "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." This verse, also used at Rose's confirmation, became a lifelong model for her life. Rose greatly valued education. In order to attend high school she boarded with a family in a nearby town during the week, returning home to the farm when possible on weekends. Graduating at age 16, she completed a short teacher course and was soon teaching in a one-room schoolhouse during the Depression. After several years Rose was able to attend Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska. On leaving Concordia she taught in Lutheran parochial schools in San Antonio, Texas and Mattoon, Illinois. On June 22, 1947 Rose married former serviceman Carl Detloff of LeMars, Iowa. After spending their first few years in Mishawaka, Indiana, in 1951 they moved to Sturgis, Michigan, where they raised their two children. During this time Rose completed her degree and did graduate study at Western University, and taught first grade at Lincoln School in Coldwater for twenty years. During her years in Sturgis Rose was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She sang in the choir, served on the Altar Guild, and was active in Ladies Aid, fellowship groups, bible study, and many other capacities. In retirement she continued to serve others, volunteering in the classroom at Trinity Lutheran School, at the local hospital and nursing home, and as a literacy volunteer. She also traveled the globe, from China, the Soviet Union, India, Europe, and Great Britain to Alaska and Mexico. Her last big trip came in her eighties, when she traveled to Germany with her Trinity church family. An inveterate card player, Rose also enjoyed gardening, music, reading, and of course ice cream. In later years she continued to enjoy visiting with friends and family, particularly her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who became the light of her life. As her health failed she continued to count her blessings and to bless those around her. Last week God called Rose home, and while we will miss her sweet spirit, we rejoice in our assurance that she was welcomed into heaven with a hearty, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." Surviving are a son Richard Carl Detloff, daughter Carol Detloff Cole, son-in-law Dallas Cole, grandchildren Peter and Jenny Cole and Lori and Greg Dowles, and great-grandchildren Alexander and Levi Cole and Cole Dowles. She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Emma Wittwer, a brother William Wittwer, and her husband of 44 years Carl Detloff. The family will receive friends and relatives from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Monday, at the Hackman Family Funeral Home – Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091. Funeral services celebrating the life of Rose Anna Detloff will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 406 S. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091 with The Rev. Calvin J. Kolzow, officiating. Interment and graveside services will follow in Sturgis Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be directed to Trinity Lutheran School, envelopes are available at the funeral home. Her obituary is also at where personal messages of support may be left for the family