Rosa A. McHenry (1923 - 2008)

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May 10, 1923 - June 15, 2008

One of Bozeman's longest serving Avon ladies, Rosa Amelia (Bachman) McHenry, 85, went peacefully to join God in heaven on the afternoon of June 15, 2008.

Rosa was born in Elgin, N.D., the 12th child of 17 born to Regina (Hochhalter) Bachman and Gottlieb Bachman Jr. She spent the majority of her childhood on a ranch on the Heart River and attended a country school near Almont, N.D. When she was 17, Rosa moved to Idaho and lived with one of her older sisters.

Rosa quickly found a job at the Farragut Navy Base where she worked as a salad maker and pastry chef. After World War II ended, Rosa met her future husband, Frank McHenry, who had just returned from serving in the Philippines and Japan. A year later in 1948, they married in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and moved to Bozeman.

Within a few years, they became the parents of two daughters, Vicki and Sandra. They lived in various places in and around Bozeman until buying their home on East Aspen in 1953. During Rosa's career, she worked as a waitress, house cleaner, sales person and an Avon representative. Rosa was a top sales lady and frequently won awards and prizes during her 30 years selling Avon. She became so attached to her customers that she often took them her homemade jams, jellies and pickles made from the produce in her extensive garden.

Rosa has been preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Frank McHenry in 1997; her parents, Regina and Gottlieb; sisters, Matilda, Marie, Lydia, Ida, Ester, Elsie, Irene, Elaine; and her brothers, August, Otto, Paul, Leonard, Fredrick and Harry.

Rosa is survived by her daughters and their families: Vicki McHenry Bredin (a primary teacher and university lecturer), Robert Bredin, Kristian McHenry Bredin (granddaughter) and Taylor McHenry Bredin (grandson) of Quakers Hill, Australia, and Sandra Jean McHenry (creative director) and Michael Connell of San Francisco, Calif. Rosa is also survived by two sisters, Ruth Sundler of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Martha Hegel of Polson; brother and sister in-law, Jim and Jean McHenry of Hoodsport, Wash.; and sister-in-law, Sharon McHenry of Roundup. Rosa has dozens of surviving nieces and nephews, including Don, Pat, Ralph and Norman McHenry, all of Bozeman.

Rosa's family would like thank several special people in Rosa's life for the joy they created in her and all the assistance they gave so willingly. These include Dean and Linda Ridgway, Kathy Byler, Marsha Robbins, Pastor Gary and Donna Morse, Dr. Larry Sonnenberg, and the staff of the Gallatin County Rest Home.

Please join her family in a Celebration of Rosa McHenry's Life at Dokken Nelson Funeral Chapel at 1 p.m. Monday, June 30, followed by her burial at Sunset Hills Cemetery and at her wake at the Bozeman Senior Citizens Center from 3 p.m.

Donations in her honor may be made to the Bozeman Senior Citizens Center.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from June 25 to June 29, 2008
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