Mureen G. (Rogness) Roath was born April 20, 1925 in rural Emmons, MN. The Henry Rogness family lived on two different farms in the Emmons area until they moved south of Joice, IA. Mureen attended Field Country School and Joice High School and graduated in 1943. Mureen’s Husband, Dewane Roath, was born in Fertile, Iowa on August 28, 1920. Dewane lived, grew up and went to school in the Fertle community. They were married at Bethel Luthern Church, Joice, Iowa on November 19, 1944. They and their family attended this Church for many years.
During their first year of marriage they lived in Albert Lea, MN. Mureen worked for Land O Lakes and Dewane worked for Midway Motors. After a year they moved to Mason City, IA. Mureen worked for the public school system for 21 years and Dewane worked for International Harvester Co for 37 years retiring in 1982. They had three children. Marlys, Connie and Verlyn. Five Grandchildren and five Great Grandchildren.
Dewane and Mureen always put their family first. They were also dedicated Christians and were charter members of Bethany Lutheran Brethren Church in Mason City, IA. Mureen enjoyed playing the Accordion and Piano. Dewane enjoyed playing many musical instruments, especially the Guitar. Together they would play for Church functions.
Dewane had many Hobbes. He was a gun collector, trading, repairing and rebuilding guns. He collected, repaired and traded many musical instruments as well.
Dewanes’ favorite pass time was Fishing the trout streams in Central and Eastern Iowa with His friend Vern Nelson. They also took many fishing trips with their wives to Minnesota and Canada. He also enjoyed old cars and had restored a 1953 Packard and 1959 Metropolitan. He spent countless hours in his work shop. There wasn’t anything he could not fix or fabricate.
Dewane was a great son-in-law as well a great brother in-law to Mureen’s six brothers. He repaired most likely every car they owned. The Rogness brothers have many great memories of Dewane.
Some of Mureen’s interests and hobbies included her flowers, cooking, baking and entertaining friends and relatives with a special dinner. She also enjoyed several bus trips with Dewane to places like Washington DC, New York and Branson, MO. Being with her family meant the most to her. Dewane passed away September 28, 1997 and Mureen passed away just a little more than a year later on December 28, 1998. Mureen and Dewane are buried next to each other at Bethel Luthern Brethern Church south west of Joice, Iow