Dorothea Lydia (Dotty) Roseberry, 84


Dorothea “Dotty” Lydia Roseberry slipped into the arms of her beloved Lord and Savior on May 5, 2022 after a fierce battle with cancer.

Dotty was born to Richard and Amelia (Miller) Straub Winkenwerder on May 18, 1938 near Sutherland, Neb. As the youngest of 14 children, she was the only one not born at home… she was born next door. She always pointed out that her parents definitely didn’t need another child, so she figured God must have sent her for some special reason.

She became the caregiver for many of her family and friends; she was also seen as the “glue” who held the family together, according to her nieces.

Dotty started school at Lamont Country School between Hershey and Sutherland, then attended Waverly High School in Waverly while living with a sister. After graduating in 1956, she considered joining the Air Force, but switched to pre-nursing at Midland College in Fremont, then worked as an LPN in Pendleton, Oregon. She then worked at the old North Platte Memorial Hospital.

She joined Rural Youth after returning to Nebraska and was selected in 1965 for an international young farmer exchange (Peace Through Understanding) in Germany. It changed her life – through this experience she traveled the world, made and kept friends in many countries and states, welcomed young people from all over the world to share Nebraska with and, most importantly , met her future husband, Jim Roseberry. Their relationship almost didn’t happen because at first because he reminded her of an old childhood enemy.

Jim and Dotty were married on November 26, 1966 – after haymaking and weaning, but before winter feeding began. They welcomed their son David into the family in 1968, followed by daughters Mari and Amy. Adopted son Monte Dill joined the family in 1980. Bonus daughter Marta was an arranged exchange in 1987, who also became part of the family.

In 1993, Jim and Dotty received Governor Ben Nelson’s Great Nebraska Family Award for their hard work and welcoming of all young people.

Dotty has had many jobs in her life and has excelled at each one (although she hasn’t always loved them all): nurse, Bessey Tree Nursery crew, cook and then maintenance at Nebraska State 4- H Camp, Farm Crisis Hotline, Census and, of course, rancher and rancher.

She had many volunteer jobs and had an incredible green thumb, having large and numerous flower and vegetable gardens every year, as well as a year-round hobby greenhouse. She also loved and constantly added to her vast collection of nativity scenes.

Her beloved grandson Cole Roseberry greeted her in heaven; son Monte Dill; his parents; 12 siblings: Elmer Straub, Gladys Howerton, Durward Straub who died in World War II, Grace Rodgers, Irene Young, twins Edward Winkenwerder and Edna Dishman, twins Donald Winkenwerder and brother Darrel, who died aged 5 months, Ernest Winkenwerder, Fredrich Winkenwerder and Bernard Winkenwerder; several nieces and nephews; and special friends Ina Coffman, Lex Ann Simonson and Phyllis Saner.

Left her to celebrate her life her husband Jim of Dunning; son Dave of Kearney; daughters Mari of Dunning and Amy (Stephen) Schweitzer of Kearney; her bonus daughter Marta (Tim) Odegard of St. Paul, Minnesota; grandchildren Ty (fiancée Gina Brokke) and Cash Roseberry, Bret Schweitzer and Evan, Marcos, Maria and Nicholas Odegard; sister Edith Phetteplace of LaCrosse, WI; special kitty Maggie; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and a whole community of loving friends and neighbours.

Dotty was a staunch supporter of many causes and charities close to her heart. As a memorial, we therefore ask that you make a donation to your favorite cause. Some of her favorites include Sandhills Community Church, Sandhills Benevolent Fund, Sandhills Cancer Fund, Women’s Resource Center, Samaritan’s Purse and which have helped pay many of her medical bills over time.

The funeral took place on Thursday, May 12 at 11 a.m. at Sandhill’s High School Auditorium with Pastor Mark Sievering officiating. Interment was in Hawley Flats Cemetery east of Dunning. Visitation was Wednesday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a family reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow.

Govier Brothers Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements. An online guest book can be signed at

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