Ellen Mannen Rosenberger
Ellen Mannen Rosenberger, daughter of Josiah and Ellen Lee Mannen, was
born near Waltonville, Illinois, on the 11th day of December, 1875, Ellen
came naturally in the heritage of honesty, faithfulness, and a passionate
love of family; all of these characteristics made her a noble citizen,
a valued friend and a true helpmate to her husband and a wonderful mother
to their children. On the Second day of August, 1899, she was united in
marriage to John Rosenberger of Long Prairie community and for these past
44 years has lived in or near this neighborhood.
For a few years she was House Mother at the Boys School at St. Charles.
Here her motherly instinct and personal love for all children was given
a free rein, and Mother Rosenberger became an inspiration to many outside
her own family, who today rise up and call her blessed. Having lost her
health some time ago, she was finally taken to the hospital at Centralia
on her 68th birthday, where she lingered but one week, when the spirit,
submitted to, and obeyed the voice of God and winged its flight to the
realms above while the body was left to its loved ones to bury out of sight
in the narrow confines of its earthly house. She leaves behind to cherish
all the fond memories, her husband and four children, two sons and two
daughters, namely, Joe Rosenberger of Kankakee, Ill.; Stanley Rosenberger
of Woodlawn, Ill.; Mrs. Fern Wisebecker of Woodlawn, Ill.; Mrs. Alma Sumuer
Hails, Woodlawn, Ill. Five grand children together with two step grand
children who love her, and whom she loved as her own. Harry Story, who
was taken into the home was as a son and joins in grieving with the family.
Four brothers, Hardy, Ray, Seburn and Josiah and one sister, Mrs. Anna
Wayman Norris, and her step-mother, Mrs. Josiah Mannen of Waltonville,
are left to carry on the traditions of this old pioneer family. Little
Jerome and Mrs. Minnie Walker, brother and sister, preceded her a few years
ago. Early in life she joined the Baptist church and later it was the pleasure
of the writer to receive this fine lady into the fellowship of God's dear
ones, when she joined the Methodist church while he was pastor of Long
Prairie church. To all who mourn the passing of this loved one, let me
speak to you, in the language of a poem, the author of which I do not know
but it is the message we want:
God hath not promised, Skies always blue;
Flower-strewn pathways, All our lives through.
God hath not promised Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain.
But God hath promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, Light for the way.
Grace for the trials, Help from above.
Unfailing sympathy, Undying love.
Funeral services Dec. 20, 1943 at West Salem by Rev. G.A. Phelps, Burial in West
Source: Mt Vernon Register News
Date: Dec. 1943
Submitted by: Cindy Ford