Dorothy Roskens

Dorothy Roskens


April 20, 1923 - July 4, 2023


Dorothy Roskens, 100, of Emery, SD, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at Diamond Care Center in Bridgewater, SD. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, July 15, at First Baptist Church in Emery. Burial will be at Emery Community Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7:00 PM at the church. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Dorothy May (Wobig) Roskens was born April 20, 1923, to Edwin and Ella (Nikolaus) Wobig on the Wobig homestead south of Canova, SD. She attended rural Sun Prairie No. 2 Elementary School and graduated from Canova High School. After high school graduation, Dorothy attended Nettleton Commercial College in Sioux Falls, and then worked as a secretary in Sioux Falls for Western Material Company which sold Caterpillar and LeTourneau equipment.

The Wobig family were members of the Unityville Baptist Church in Unityville, SD. Dorothy accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior when she was 12, and she was baptized by Rev. J. G. Rott.

Dorothy married Jake R. Roskens on April 4, 1946, when he returned from World War II. They were married at the Unityville Baptist Church by her uncle Rev. John Wobig. They farmed near Emery until retiring in 1998 when they moved into Emery.

Dorothy had a beautiful singing voice and was involved in the music program at the First Baptist Church in Emery. Besides being involved with the music committee and singing for the church, she sang for many funerals, weddings, and other occasions, even cutting a record for her parents in the early 1950’s.  Additionally, she taught Sunday School and was a faithful member for 77 years.

Dorothy cherished her family. Her love and devotion for her family created treasured memories that will be shared for generations to come. The grandchildren were invited to spend time on the farm each summer, chocolate chip cookies were always nearby, and an angel food cake awaited everyone on their birthdays. Jake and Dorothy enjoyed attending the many events of their grandchildren, and Dorothy continued to support her family after Jake passed in 1999.

Memories of Dorothy include her faithfulness and love for her Savior, her pride and love for her family, her birthday cards with money and a balloon, the diaries she kept since 1962, and her knowledge of family history. She liked reading, sewing, puzzles, playing card games and dominos.

Remembering Dorothy’s legacy are her four children: James (Kathy) of Maple Grove, MN; Gregory (Nancy) of Emery, SD; Carolyn Swan of Mankato, MN; and Duane (Vivian) of Boise, ID; 10 grandchildren:  Ron Roskens, Mickey (Karlene) Bittner, Stephen (Jackie) Roskens, Amy (Adam) Zaske, Dr. Heidi (Dr. Brent) Dalzell, Rachael (Ryan) Tiedeman, Shannon Hoverson, Jodi (Wil) Netzer, Matthew (Emily) Roskens, and Scott (Allison) Roskens; and 22 great-grandchildren. Dorothy is also survived by her sister, Twila Guilliams of Lynwood, WA; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jake in 1999; her parents; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Lowell (Helen), Dexter (Jackie), and Dennis; brother-in-law, Gordon Guilliams in 2004; daughter-in-law, Peggi Roskens in 1998; son-in-law, Duane Swan in 2012; grandson, James Robert Roskens in 1970; and grandson-in-law, Mark Hoverson.


Friday, July 14, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
First Baptist Church
630 1st Ave
Emery, SD 57332


Saturday, July 15, 2023
10:30 AM
First Baptist Church
630 1st Ave
Emery, SD 57332


Emery Community Cemetery
Emery, SD

Posted by Joan Netzer on July 12, 2023
My deepest sympathy.
Posted by Ed & Shirley Lopeman on July 9, 2023
Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mother. Aunt Dorothy was an incredible woman who touched so many hearts. We hope it will comfort you to know that we share in your loss of such a wonderful and Godly woman. We send our love and prayers your way.
Posted by Syl/Greg Erickson on July 9, 2023
how we loved and enjoyed having her come so faithfully to the Unityville gatherings she was a gem a "one of a kind" sorrow is for a moment - memories are forever much love
Posted by Bill Herried on July 9, 2023
Greg. So sorry to hear of your loss. It meant so much to me to see you at Patrick’s funeral. Peace upon you all.
Posted by D.J. & Dan Bahmuller on July 7, 2023
Sending our sympathies and condolences to the Roskens family.
Posted by Sandy (Johnson) Beers on July 6, 2023
My deepest sympathy to the family. I will always cherish the wonderful memories that were made spending time with Carolyn on the farm. Dorothy always treated us with some goodies and homemade rootbeer. She was a beautiful soul with alot of love to give.
Posted by Gloria Anderson on July 6, 2023
My deepest sympathies to all of you! I will miss Dorothy so much! Thanks to her family for trusting me with her care! RIP Dorothy!
Posted by Milton Schrader on July 6, 2023
I extend my sympathy to Dorothy's family. God Bles you all
Posted by Sheryl Roskens Smith on July 5, 2023
To stay healthy and active as long as Aunt Dorothy did...what a blessing. I will miss our yearly visits on the way back to Sioux Falls from the Emery cemetery. God Bless you and keep you Aunt Sherry
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