KEARNEY — Rozella Mae Grassmeyer, 99, of Kearney died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at her home.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services with the Rev. Jerry Schwarz of First United Methodist Church officiating.


Rozella was born on Aug. 22, 1920, in Riverdale to Charley and Hilder Pratt. She attended Riverdale schools, graduating in 1938. She then continued her education, graduating from the Grand Island Business School.

She worked as a bookkeeper in Colorado, returning to work in Kearney at the phone company. She later worked at the Riverdale State Bank in Riverdale.

On July 27, 1945, she married Ervin Grassmeyer in Smith Center, Kan. They lived in Riverdale and Kearney raising their family, which included son Doug and daughter Cheryl.

Rozella was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was kind, loving and enjoyed visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always had lots of treats for everyone and a great sense of humor. She was an avid music fan, loved to dance and was a loyal fan of Lawrence Welk.

Surviving relatives include her son, Doug and Janice Grassmeyer of Kearney; daughter, Cheryl and Tom Weides of Kearney; grandchildren, Erin Grassmeyer of Las Vegas, Nathan and Ginger Weides of Kearney, and Beth and Adam Greenquist of Seward; great-grandchildren, Addison Kirschner of Las Vegas, Reid, Callie and Aubrey Weides of Kearney, and Brooks, Finnley, Camille and Baker Greenquist of Seward; and many nieces and nephews.

Rozella was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin; parents, Charley and Hilder Pratt; and a brother, LaVerne Pratt.

Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.

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