Hillsboro – Rosalie Kliewer, 97, died November 26, 2019 at Hillsboro Community Hospital in Hillsboro. She was born March 8, 1922 to David and Sarah (Penner) Fast in Fairview, Oklahoma. She married Rueben Kliewer May 19, 1946 in Fairview, Oklahoma. Survivors include: sons, Myron (Mary) Kliewer of Thailand, Duane (Ruth) Kliewer of Hillsboro, Daryl Kliewer of Hillsboro; daughter, Janice (Leonard) Hopkins of Denver, Colorado; 5 grandchildren. Predeceased by her husband, Rueben Kliewer in 2006. Celebration of Life Service 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro. Interment at French Creek Cemetery rural Hillsboro. Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch Taken From the Funeral Bulletin
Rosalie Viola Fast was born March 8, 1922, in Fairview, Oklahoma. Her parents, David and Sarah Fast had four children, Rosalie was their third child and only girl.
Rosalie said she grew up a bit more boyish and enjoyed the outdoors. She liked riding bicycle, horses and driving the car at an early age. She also like fishing, playing ball and working in the garden. She played the piano and loved visiting her grandparents and friends. She walked two and a half miles to a country school and enjoyed walking home with her neighbor’s children.
She reported having good parents who had to work hard to raise their family. When Rosalie was young, her mother stayed in the hospital for an extended length of time and she hardly knew her mother when she returned to their home. During that extended time, her parents made sure the kids were in good hands.
When Rosalie was 15, her girlfriend became a Christian. She remembered going home and thinking about what she had done and decided she wanted to become a Christian also. Her favorite Bible verse, John 3:16, reassured her that she was saved. The hymn “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior” was also comforting. She was baptized by A.P. Epp on May 30, 1937. After giving her life to the Lord she remembers that she and her girlfriend went to their teacher to beg pardon – as you know, eighth graders are often unruly.
When Rosalie’s two older brothers went into the service during the war, changes were made. She began to help milk the cows and separate the milk and cream. Her mother made the butter and she would often help turn the barrel. They sold the butter for 15 cents a pound. She also enjoyed doing embroidery with her mother. They spent many hours hand sewing tea towels, scarves, etc. She also worked outside the home on occasion but was always glad to come back home.
She said she never would forget the day when her home church had a special conference. Professor Seibel from Tabor College came with a handsome young man named Ruben Kliewer who organized the speaker sound system for the conference. Rosalie’s brother invited Ruben to stay for the night at their home. A relationship developed and on May 19,1946 Ruben and Rosalie were married at the S. Fairview M.B. Church in Fairview, Oklahoma. Ruben was in alternative service at that time and was working at the State Agricultural Experiment Station in North Platte, Nebraska. Rosalie joined him there and was hired to help the cook with cleaning and canning vegetables. After the war they moved to a farm north of Hillsboro where Ruben joined in partnership with his brother and farmed together for a period of 11 years.
In the fall of 1959. Ruben, Rosalie and their children moved to a farm on the west edge of Hillsboro. There they ran a dairy and raised their children. They had many struggles throughout the years but they thanked God for taking them through every one of them. Rosalie was often comforted by the words of one of her favorite songs that said:
“One day at a time sweet Jesus
That’s all I’m asking from you.
Just give me the strength to do
Everyday what I have to do.”
After all four of the children left home they decided to discontinue the bottling and selling of milk and changed to bulk tank milk production. In 1985 they sold all their cattle…Rosalie said it was the best feeling they ever had. From that point on, they farmed some land and developed an area of spec. houses on the west end of Hillsboro.
Rosalie was a good helpmate to Ruben. They worked together on the farm doing whatever needed to be done – from feeding the calves to milking cows to bottling milk and cleaning up afterwards. She made meals for the hired hands, helped with some hauling of hay bales as well as trying to meet the needs of four children, plus, she had a garden plot big enough for Ruben to plow. She ended up giving some of the produce from the garden to friends and neighbors. Last, but not least, she had a love for animals which included cats. When Ruben passed away a select few were allowed in the house and they gave her much comfort and companionship.
The Lord gave Ruben and Rosalie 60 years together and they were thankful that each of their children knew the Lord as their Savior. She often asked the Lord to give her the strength to enjoy the rest of her life and to give honor and glory to His name.
Church was always an important part of their lives. There were times when the entire family would kneel and pray together. Making sure her children were grounded in the Word was a priority. Each of her children were dedicated to the Lord at an early age. Mom also enjoyed playing the piano and there were times when they would all gather around the piano and sing hymns together. She enjoyed the times when all her children and grandchildren could be together.
In her declining years, Rosalie struggled with congestive heart failure. She passed away at the Hillsboro Community Hospital on November 26, 2019 at 97 years of age surrounded by her family. She always said she would outlive her brothers and she did. We will miss mom’s presence among us.
Rosalie was preceded in death by her husband Ruben, her parents David and Sarah Fast, and her three brothers – Walter, Harold and Eugene. Survivors include four children: Myron and his wife Mary of Thailand, Janice and her husband Leonard Hopkins of Denver, CO, Duane and his wife Ruth of Hillsboro, and Daryl of Hillsboro. She had five grandchildren: David and John Hopkins, Greta and Lance Kliewer, and Olivia Kliewer.