Rosalie R. Ihry, age 85, of Eden Prairie, passed away of natural causes Friday, March 25, 2016, while under hospice care at her home.
She was born Nov. 9, 1930, in Waukomis, OK. to Joseph and Ethel (Jarolim) Semrad, the second of four children including sister Evangeline, and brothers Paul and Victor. The family moved to Arkansas in 1941, and then to North Dakota in 1945.
Rosalie graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in Valley City, ND, and attended nursing school at Mercy Hospital.
She then met Elmer “Pete” Ihry. With just one look at Pete in his military uniform, their story began! Pete and Rosalie were married Oct. 11, 1950, at St. Agatha’s Catholic Church in Hope, ND. The 58-year union gave rise to a large and loving family of 11 children, 39 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.
Rosalie and Pete farmed in partnership with Pete’s brother, Leo Ihry, and they sent their children to the nearby Luverne and Hope schools.
Rosalie was a lifelong, faithful member of St. Agatha’s Catholic Church of Hope, where she was involved in youth religious education and Ladies Aid. She also served the community as a member of the Luverne Homemakers’ Club, and as an active 4-H leader.
She was an excellent, self-taught seamstress and gardener. Rosalie made a tremendous apple pie, and a chocolate cake with sour cream filling that was made famous on KSJB radio.
Her favorite pastimes were supporting her children’s school activities, and “rubbing elbows” with her children and grandchildren, as Rosalie would say. For these reasons and so many others, Rosalie and Pete were honored in their lifetime as being named “Parents of the Year” for the state of North Dakota.
Upon retirement, Rosalie and Pete moved into Hope, ND. In her advanced years, Rosalie left the Hope area for Valley City, ND, and later moved to the Minneapolis area, where she was able to receive the care she required.
Rosalie was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; sons Paul and Thomas; her parents, Joseph and Ethel Semrad; her in-laws, John and Theresa (Gehrens) Ihry; and her brother, Paul Semrad.
She is survived by nine children and their spouses: Thomas’ wife Dawn (Crum) Ihry of Valley City, ND; Timothy (Diane Nugent) Ihry of Papillion, NE; Lynne (Jon) Hesse of Minneapolis; Rachel (Joel) Degenstein of Woodlands, TX; Patricia (James) Kirchner of La Crosse, WI; Kevin (Shari Sussex) Ihry of Fargo, ND; Karen (Mark) Gould of Oconomowoc, WI; John (Peggy Visby) Ihry of Hope, ND; Sarah (Richard) Heuer of Lester Prairie; and Beth Ihry (Chris Franken) of Edina; 39 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Rosalie is further survived by a brother, Victor Semrad; a sister, Evangeline Gaspers; sisters-in-law Margaret Gunderson, Iris Ihry, and Connie Ihry; brother-in-law Robert Ihry; and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be tenderly missed by family and friends.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, April 9 at 10 a.m. at St. Agatha’s Catholic Church in Hope, ND, with the Rev. Arogyaiah Gadagotti as the celebrant. Interment was in the Hope Cemetery.
The Holy Rosary was recited Friday, April 8 at St. Agatha’s Catholic Church at 6:15 p.m., followed by a vigil prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
Funeral arrangements were with Quam-Plaisted-Cushman Funeral Home of Cooperstown, ND.
Memorials may be sent to either St. Agatha’s Catholic Church in Hope, ND; or the Hope Ambulance Fund.
Condolences can be sent to the family via the On-Line Tribute service at www.quamplaistedcushman.com.