Rose Marie Hedrington, 88, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire.
Rose was born to John W. and Marie Irene (Girard) Young on November 6, 1924. She attended and graduated from McDonell High School in 1942 and enlisted in the Women’s Air Corps on her 20th birthday serving from 1944 to 1946 during World War II stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi before being united in marriage with Ellsworth “Bud” Hedrington on February 27, 1946.
Rose and Bud started out like many young post WWII couples residing in a small upstairs apartment above Rose’s parents before moving to an available unit at the Vets Housing and eventually to 22 Beaver Street in Chippewa Falls where she would remain for 50 years until 2004. Rose a lifelong member of Notre Dame Parish and took her first out-of-the-home job just a short walk from her residence constructing Chippewa’s 1st frozen pizzas with Larry Stary and eventually moved to Chippewa’s Red Owl store where she elevated from cashier to store accountant and eventually retired in 1986.
Rose is survived by her children, Steve (Judy) Hedrington, Susan (Pat) Donley, Terence (Laurie) Hedrington and Jim Hedrington; daughter-in-law, Roxane Volkert; grandsons, Michael, Brett, Benjamin, Seth, Curt, Jordan and Shane Hedrington and Keith Lorenz; granddaughters, Tara Krista, Amber Bosler and Claire Roder; and 22 great grandchildren. Rose was preceded in death by her husband; parents, John and Marie Young; one son, John Scott Hedrington; daughter-in-law, Kristi Lynn Hedrington; one grandson, Aaron J. Hedrington; brother, Alden J. Young; sisters-in-law, Isabel Young Louella McGillis, Gertrude Hedrington, Ellen Hedrington and Laures Hedrington; brothers-in-law, William McGillis, Royce Hedrington, Donald Hedrington, Dayton Hedrington, Jerome Hedrington and Roger Hedrington; and nephew, Chuck McGillis.
Rosie spent time sewing throughout her life for her family and others producing jackets, draperies and a handful of wedding and prom dresses.
Never one to miss a sporting event that included her children or grandchildren, she would often be heard from the stands chiding the opposition and shouting “you’ve gotta swing to hit it” at the baseball games. Rosie found herself planted in the bleachers at football, basketball, gymnastics and wrestling events throughout her life and approached each with loving enthusiasm. She will be sorely missed.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Notre Dame Church in Chippewa Falls. Rev. Msgr. Mark Pierce will be celebrant of the funeral Mass. Interment will be in Hope Cemetery in Chippewa Falls. Military rites will be conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 22 and until 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls. The Ladies of Notre Dame will recite the rosary at 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may express condolences online at www.horanfuneralhome.com