Rose Gertrude Bednar grew up in a farm family that valued their community and whose members looked out for each other. The Bednar family regularly attended the Catholic Church in Deweese where they knew that in times of crisis, neighbors helped each other bring in a crop or raise a barn.
Rose and her sister, Elsie Helzer, remained close throughout their lives, living just across town in Hastings. The sisters, like their mother, kept immaculate houses, lawns and gardens.
"All the nieces and nephews liked to give Aunt Rose a birthday rose for her garden," said Elsie's daughter Kathy Helzer.
The sisters enjoyed pouring over the programs at the Fonner Park horse races, following the jockeys, horses and trainers. Rose often visited family in Deweese, especially elderly members. Rose helped prepare countless family holiday meals and helped raise the next generation with the same philosophy of looking out for each other.
Rose worked at a variety of Hastings businesses, clerking at Jones Drug Store, housekeeping for several families and making ice cream novelties for Swift & Company. She was a checker for Safeway for many years until she retired. She was a devoted Husker fan and adored her poodles, Suzie, Mitzi and Tami, who were her constant companions.
When the time came to plan her will, Rose asked her attorney Mike Sullivan to include her church and Mary Lanning Memorial HealthCare as beneficiaries.
"She took care of family first, but made sure to leave something that would help take care of the next generation, just like our folks looked out for us," said Elsie.