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Elda Roethemeyer, 85 - April 25, 2007


Elda Regina (Wendland) Roethemeyer, 85, of Gothenburg, formally of Curtis, died Friday, April 20, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Services were held on Monday, April 23, at the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Matthew Groenke officiating. Graveside services were held at the Curtis Cemetery.
Roethemeyer was born in the Depression era, the seventh and last child born to William H. and Ella (Sydow) Wendland on the farmstead north of Arapahoe on Nov. 23, 1921.
She received her early education at Immanuel Lutheran School and the Arapahoe Public Schools. She worked hard as a farmer’s daughter earning her the nickname “Tommy.”
After completing 10th grade, she left Arapahoe to work as a housekeeper in North Platte, where she met her husband, Melvin William Roethemeyer. The couple were united in marriage on Sept. 18, 1941, at Oberlin, KS. To this union, 10 children were born.
She moved with her husband to a farm north of Maywood, working by his side and raising a family. As a farm wife, mother and later as a nurse, she labored tirelessly and unselfishly, thinking of other’s needs before her own, according to family members.
In 1969, she fulfilled a life-long dream of becoming a licensed nurse. She attended the Alliance School of Practical Nursing, passed the state board exams and began a nursing career at Sunset Haven in Curtis as charge nurse and later as director of nursing services. She continued her education to meet the requirements necessary to practice nursing home administration.
Roethemeyer and her husband moved to Curtis during the middle 1970s to enjoy semi-retirement, while she worked at Sunset Haven as an administrator until 1989.
?She traveled with her husband and collected antiques. As her husband’s health deteriorated, she cared for him until his death in July of 1996. She continued living in Curtis until August of 2001, when she moved to Gothenburg.
?Roethemeyer was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Curtis, and upon moving to Gothenburg, joined her current church, the American Lutheran Church. She cherished her Lord, her faith and her family, believing in living life to the fullest, said family members.
She enjoyed family and friends, gardening, bird watching, sewing and making quilts for grandchildren and great-grandchildren, working crossword puzzles and cooking, according to family members.
Roethemeyer was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Melvin; two brothers and four sisters; a son-in-law, Dennis Geiser; grandsons—Matthew and Wayne Jesse and Lane Geiser; a granddaughter, DiAnne Roethemeyer.
Survivor include: five sons—Jerry (Pat), Donald, Gordon (Mary), Stan and Randall; five daughter—Melva Jean, Joyce (Garry) Jesse, Donna (Jim) Brown, Phylis (Jay) Anderson and Virginia Roethemeyer; 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
?Memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church and the Special Olympics.
?Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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