Rosalind "Rosie" Hermes (1915 - 2016)

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Rosalind (Rosie) Hermes was born January 16, 1915 to Joseph and Mary Hermes in Mooreton, ND, passed away July 31, 2016 Juneau AK. The second oldest of 10 children, after graduation from Mooreton High School (a class of only four students) she continued her education, graduating first from North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and subsequently Moorhead State Teacher College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Rosie spent ten years teaching in rural Minnesota, before responding to a call for educators in Alaska. She and her good friend Avis Aamot, decided it couldn't hurt to give Alaska a try. So in 1948, they boarded the steamer S.S. Baranof in Seattle bound for Juneau, Alaska. Their "try" lasted twenty-seven years. In 1975, Rosie finally retired from teaching Juneau fifth graders at Willoughby, Fifth St., and Capital Elementary Schools in Juneau! Rosie first rented an apartment from pioneer, Mary Joyce, then lived in Juneau's Assembly Apartments until 1972, when she purchased a condominium and moved to Douglas.
Rosie loved traveling, and took trips to Europe, Cruises to Norway, the South Pacific, the Panama Canal, and a special trip to Rome, with fellow church members. A long ago drive up the rugged Al-Can Highway was just one of many Alaska experiences for her!
After retirement, Rosie was active in many organizations, including Retired Teacher's Association, Pioneers of Alaska, Delta Kappa Educator's Association, Sons of Norway, Catholic Daughter's Association, Bartlett Hospital Guild, Juneau's Visitor Bureau, Friends of the Library, the Amazing Book Store, and the Juneau City Museum.
Rosie is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Hermes, four brothers: Donald, Lawrence, Charles, and Richard Hermes, and four sisters, Valeria Henger, Elinore Hermes, Marcella Gerou, and Lorraine Larson. She is survived by one sister, Mary Lou Church of El Paso, Texas, and by countless nieces and nephews. In her notes, Rosie requested that Best Wishes be sent to all her former students!
A memorial mass will be celebrated for Rosie this Saturday, 8/6/2016 @10:00AM at The Cathedral of the Nativity, in Juneau. A reception with a light lunch will follow in the hall. Rosie requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to S.O.M.E. (So Others May Eat) % Cathedral of the Nativity 416 5th St. Juneau, AK 99801.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Aug. 8 to Sept. 7, 2016
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