Rosemary Harriet (Hulse) Dageforde passed from this life on June 15, 2021, at Parkview Haven Nursing Home in Deshler, Nebraska at the age of 79 years. Born on September 26, 1941 in Geneva, Nebraska to Harry and Therese (Wilhelms) Hulse, she was baptized October 26, 1941, at Geneva Lutheran Church. She was confirmed on April 3, 1955 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bruning, Nebraska.
Rosemary’s family lived in Geneva until age five. Her father was a Deputy Sheriff and later Sheriff of Fillmore County. She often told stories of living in the Sheriff’s quarters attached to the jail where she would carry food with her mother to the prisoners and occasionally play cards with them.
After her father died in 1946, her mother taught in the grade schools of Ohiowa and Bruning. Rosemary told stories of summers living without electricity with Uncle Carl and Aunt Frieda Detmer while her mother was a housemother at the Geneva Girls Training School. During her senior year at Bruning High School, Rosemary’s volleyball team won a State Championship, defeating a team with a 57-game winning streak. After graduation in 1959, Rosemary attended Norfolk Junior College where she completed her secretarial endorsement.
Rosemary married Darrel Dageforde on June 4, 1961, settling on a farm south of Hebron, Nebraska. Four children blessed this marriage: Deborah, Darren, Rochelle, and Richard (Rick). The couple farmed with Darrel’s parents, and later partnered with Dick & Alice Percival creating D & D Farms. Farming operations over the years included row crops, sheep, beef, swine, and dairy herds; partnering with area farmers in a swine finishing operation; and opening Thayer County Feed Store. Rick joined the farming operation after high school and added farm-to-fork retail beef sales in 2017. Rosemary particularly enjoyed promoting their flax-fed beef to customers at farmers markets.
Rosemary enjoyed teaching, promotion, and entrepreneurship. She started her insurance career in 1962 alongside Darrel in his Farm Bureau office. In 1984, they purchased a local independent insurance business to start Dageforde Agency in Hebron, securing her insurance and real estate licenses. The business further expanded with auction services and the purchase of two additional insurance agencies. Rosemary found it particularly satisfying to help first time homeowners. In October 1989, Rosemary opened a second main street business, “The Hebron Clothesline”, where she sold women’s and children’s clothing.
Encouraging business development and promoting Hebron and Thayer County, Rosemary was a founding officer of Thayer County Economic Development Alliance in 2002, serving as the president for the next 12 years. One of the notable achievements for the group during that time was obtaining $1 million in grants for housing renovations and revolving loan funds, some of which are currently in use today to assist local residents in the purchase of a home.
Many organizations benefited by Rosemary’s spirit of volunteerism. A strong advocate for 4-H, she served as a club organizational leader and joked about the number of hamburgers and pies she helped serve in the fair food stand. She helped her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren learn to cook, sew, show livestock, fill out the dreaded record books, and most importantly, give back by volunteering and leading in the community. She was the recipient of the 2012 Thayer County 4-H Meritorious Service Award from the 4-H Council. She served in various leadership or membership capacities in the Hebron Lions Club, Centennial Extension Club, Thayer County Livestock Feeder’s Association, Grace Lutheran Church, Women’s Achievement Club, Thayer County 4-H Council, Hebron Chamber of Commerce, and Nebraska Dairy Board.
Preceding Rosemary in death is her husband, Darrel Dageforde; parents, Therese and Harry Hulse; and brothers, Ronald Hulse and Robert Hulse. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Craig and husband Mark; son, Rick, all of Hebron; son, Darren and wife Karen of Blair, Nebraska; daughter, Rochelle Heussmann, and husband Walter of Claremore, Oklahoma; Grandchildren, Elizabeth Gianunzio and husband Chris of Lincoln, Nebraska; Stephanie Graves and husband Quincy of Palmyra, Nebraska; Andrew Craig and wife Lisa of Burleson, Texas; Brady Thumann of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Klaryssa Heussmann of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Pierce Dageforde of Omaha, Nebraska; Joshua Heussmann of Houston, Texas; and Kristina Heussmann of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Great-grandchildren, Tayler and Dylan Graves, Raelen and Brooklyn Gianunzio, Charlotte Craig, and Denver Heussmann; sisters-in-law, Pat Hulse and Verienne Hulse. Memorials established to Hebron Bible Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Thayer County 4-H and Parkview Haven Nursing Home. Price-Urbauer-Ahrendts Funeral Home, Hebron, assisted the family with arrangements.
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