Rosemary Ruth (Hudemann) Schuening passed away peacefully at her home the morning of November 21, 2015. She was 91.
Rosemary was born in Pendleton on April 20, 1924, the third child of Henry and Minnie Hudemann. She attended grade school at Myrick and graduated from Helix High School in 1941. Rosemary was valedictorian of her graduating class at Helix High School. She was a member of the 1941 basketball team that won the district tournament in Long Creek.
She attended North Western Business School in Boise, Idaho. Upon her return to Eastern Oregon she married her high school sweetheart Roy (Bob) Schuening in 1941. They had six children; Rosanne Goade, Linda Gustin, Robert Schuening, Marla Duffield, Judy Schuening and Ron Schuening. At the time of her death Rosemary’s family included six kids, 12 grandkids, 27 great-grandkids and 10 great-great-grandkids.
She worked beside her husband Roy in their farming business for many years as a truck driver during harvest. In 1956 she became the Peace Lutheran Church organist and retired from playing in 2012. During that time she played for numerous weddings and memorial services, and helped with many community actives with her playing. Rosemary’s musical abilities started in the sixth grade when she started taking lessons; prior to that she would play the piano at her home where she learned to play by ear. In 1959 she was asked to become the church’s secretary and she held that position until her retirement in 1987.
Rosemary was an avid supporter of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s athletic activities, traveling to many out-of-the-area games. She kept stats during the games, saying it kept her much calmer. She and her brother Ferdie could always be seen attending the games, enjoying every minute of their time together.
Rosemary was involved with the P.T.A., 4-H activities, Delphian Club, V.F.W and Community Bargain Counter, and volunteered at the Pendleton Hall of Fame and Umatilla County Election Board. Her most treasured involvement was as a member of the T.A.T. Club (Tuesday at Two), which started during WWII providing rolled bandages for the troops and other items. She was an active member until her passing.
Rosemary was baptised and confirmed in the Peace Lutheran Church. Her grandfather, Julius Hudemann, was one of the founding fathers and her parents instilled in her a deep and abiding faith that sustained her for her entire lifetime.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister Margaret Thorne, her brother Ferdie Hudemann and her great-granddaughter Jessica Smith.
Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop in Pendleton is handling arrangements and the viewing will be Friday, November 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, November 28th, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.