Rev. Fr. Leonard Kayser
Organist ~ Georgianne Pravecek
Rose (Rosie) Irene Kocer was born on the family farm north of Tabor on Sunday, December 20, 1924, to Joseph and Jennie (Herman) Grail and she died on Saturday, October 30, 2010, at the age of 85 years, 10 months, and 10 days. Her death was the day before the anniversary of her wedding.
She grew up in the Tabor area attending Grail school and graduating from the eighth grade. On October 31, 1949, she married Joe Kocer and they had three sons. After a few years living on a farm northwest of Tabor, they moved to Scotland around 1955.
Rose had various jobs including cleaning homes for many of the people of Scotland and some of the businesses. She also worked for her church, St. George’s of Scotland, cleaning the rectory and church for many years. She worked very hard most of her life. Her husband, Joe, passed away on December 18, 1993. She was a resident of the Scotland Good Samaritan Home since April of 2006.
Her name was Rose, and like the flower she was a beautiful person having a terrific smile. But just like a rose, her life had thorns with some disabilities along the way. She lost her hearing around the age of 45 and suffered with rheumatoid arthritis for over fifteen years. She loved her grandchildren dearly and will be remembered for all the special holidays, especially the great Easter egg hunts, she planned for them.
She is survived by her sons: James (Janice) of Scotland and Laddie (Lynne) of Gering, Nebraska; six grandchildren: Krista (Nathan) Welch of Sioux Falls, Kevin (Naomi) Kocer of Vermillion, Kari Kocer of Sioux Falls, Laurie (Clint) Davis of Granger, Iowa, Sara Kocer of Omaha, Nebraska, and Adam Kocer of Lincoln, Nebraska; three great grandchildren: Aiden Uhl and Mya Welch both of Sioux Falls and McKinlee Davis of Granger, Iowa; two sisters and a brother: Jennie Merkwan, Lillian Cap, and Edward Grail, all of Tabor; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son Tom; sisters: Mamie Grail, Helen Cap, Anna Cap, Stella Kalda, Agnes Fitch; brothers: Joseph, John, and Emil.