Emma “Emmy” M. Rosen


Emma “Emmy” Matz Rosen was born on July 3, 1915 in Pine Lake Township near Perham, Minnesota to Emil and Amalia Steeke Matz. She was married to Herbert Rosen on December 17, 1941 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Corliss Township.

Emmy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Edwin Matz; three sisters, Esther Schave, Lenora Hartwig, and Elsie Martin; an infant brother, Clarence; and a son-in-law, Phillip Mueller.

She is survived by a son, Lowell (Barbara) of Arlington, VA; a daughter, Paula Ingebretson (Michael) of Crossville, TN; four grandchildren, Ryan Mueller (Heather) of Bloomington, IN, Scott Rosen (Melissa) of Arlington, VA, Amy Ingebretson (Ray Throop) of Holly Springs, NC and Erik (Katie) Ingebretson of Dardenne Prairie, MO; five great grandchildren, Chase Rosen, Addy Rosen, Carlee Mueller, Andy Ingebretson, and Cam Ingebretson; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Emmy grew up on a farm in Pine Lake Township with her parents, brother, and sisters. She attended and graduated from a country school. The Matz family attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Corliss Township, where Emmy was baptized, confirmed and married. Her confirmation class included Herbert Rosen, whom she later married. Herb and Emmy moved to Perham where Herb was employed by the Perham Co-op Oil Company. In July of 1942 Herb was called to serve in WWII and was stationed at San Antonio, TX. Emmy joined him there for a while but returned to Perham when Herb received further orders. When the war ended in 1945, Herb returned to Perham where they spent the rest of their lives and raised their two children.

Emmy was employed at The Silver Grill Cafe, Nelson’s Cafe and Ebeling’s Cafe where she baked pies, pastries and other baked goods. Later she was employed as a clerk at the Hartz Grocery Store and at Service Food until she retired in 1977. The Rosens were active members of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Perham. Emmy was a member of St. Paul’s Ladies Aid, the Quilters group, Circle Bible Studies, regularly visited shut-ins, and taped St. Paul’s church services for the nursing home chapel services. Emmy enjoyed many homemaking activities such as cooking, baking, sewing and gardening. She was a member of Homemaker’s Club, the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved playing cards, bowling, ice fishing, and was a loyal Minnesota Twins fan. She liked traveling with her husband and took many trips with her brother, sisters, and their spouses all over the United States and Canada. They also made many trips to visit their children and grandchildren. In later years she traveled to attend weddings of grandchildren and baptisms of great grandchildren.

Highlights in Emmy’s later years included celebrating her 100th birthday with over 100 friends and family members in attendance. At the age of 102, she was awarded an honorary high school diploma by Perham High School at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony. In 2019, at the age of 103, Emmy received the Spirit of Aging Award from Leading Age of Minnesota.

In Lieu of Flowers, memorials can be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran School or St. Paul’s Lutheran Radio Ministry.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Monday, January 2, 2023 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Perham. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery. Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service Perham, MN (218) 346-5175

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