In Memory of

Roseanna Damrau

October 10, 1919 - June 21, 2012
Roseanna Pearl (Heistand) Damrau, the daughter of Bert and Jennie (Benscoater) Heistand, was born near Little Sioux, Iowa on October 10, 1919. She attended the local schools, and graduated from Little Sioux High School. On September 30, 1944, she was united in marriage to Walter Damrau. They lived and farmed in the Peterson and Sutherland, Iowa areas. In addition to caring for their two children, Duane and Judy, Roseanna loved helping Walt on the farm. She also worked for a time at Alf's Manufacturing in Spencer, Iowa, and at the Ben Franklin store in Cherokee. After Walt passed away in 1986, she remained on the farm until 1990, when she moved to Meriden, Iowa to be closer to her family. Roseanna was an active and energetic person who loved to keep herself busy. She enjoyed doing word search puzzles. She had the gift of entertaining and delighted in setting a fancy table with her good dishes. She loved reading cookbooks and trying new recipes. She was an excellent cook-some of her specialties being her famous sugar cookies, potato salad and apple pie. A highlight for her each year was a trip to the apple orchards at Mondamin, Iowa. It was a chance for her to return to the area where she grew up and to choose some apples for her pies. She collected teacup and saucer sets, with more than 100 in her collection. Meeting with her Wednesday morning coffee group in Meriden was always a special time for Roseanna. She was an avid Alan Jackson fan. Nothing pleased her more than spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Sutherland United Methodist Church. Roseanna passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walt; son Duane in 1970; three brothers, Glenn, Dale and Carl; and one sister, Wilma. She is survived by her daughter, Judy and her husband, Walt Gordon of Meriden; her granddaughters and their families: Kimberly and her husband, Nathan Galles and their children, Jacob, Avery and Grant of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and Angela Meredith and friend, Corey Bundt, and her children, Dylan and Emma of Lakeview, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Ellen Heistand of Onawa, Iowa and Fern Damrau of Sioux City, Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m.on Monday, June 25, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Sutherland.
Rev.Gwang Song will officiate
Nathan Galles Corey Bundt Jacob Galles John Gordon John Damrau Norman Hill
Visitation will be at the Greenwood Funeral Home beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 with the family present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening.
Organist ~ Elaine Leonard Congregational singing "Amazing Grace" "How Great Thou Art"
Burial will be at Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland.


Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Judy and Family, So sorry to hear of your moms passing, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Ted and Brenda Werthman ”
- Ted & Brenda Werthman
Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Sam and I send our sympathy to you, Judy, and the rest of the family. We remember her and your father as good neighbors east of Sutherland; and also as a member of our Methodist Church in Sutherland. Keep your memories always close to your heart. It is tough to lose a mom.”
- Ardyce I McCormack
Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“i am sorry for the loss of your mom,youall are in my heart and prayers, aunt rose has given me lots of wonderful memorys. sorry i could not be there due to illness, but am there in mind and heart, love and miss all. x's & o's glendale & janie”
- glendale heistand
Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Judy, Walt, Angela, Kim and family. I'm very sorry for your lose. Grma Rose was a great person and will be greatly missed.”
- Londa Liddle
Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Judy and family, so sorry for your loss, Thinking of you. ”
- Karen and Kim Aduddell
Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“So very sorry to hear about your mom...I always loved seeing your mom when she would come in the pharmacy. She was always such a ray of sunshine....she will be missed:)”
- Greta Petersen
Friday, June 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“I just learned of Roseann's passing and I feel so bad.Judy, you had a wonderful mom and I am happy I got to know her. She was so kind and had such a gentle manner. My mom thought so much of her and she loved to spend time with her.I believe they are spending time with each other now. Her essence will always be around you. Feeling that presence will comfort you. My condolences to the entire family.”
- Pamela S Harrmann
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