Herman Rosenberger


Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Juneau resident Herman "Smokey" Jacob Rosenberger, 86, died Nov. 18, 2006, at his home in Juneau.

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He was born on July 21, 1920, in St. Paul, Minn., to Peter and Catherine Rosenberger.

He was inducted into the army in 1942, serving with the 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron until 1946.

In 1946 he moved to Juneau, and Elizabeth "Betty" Ackerman soon followed. They were married upon her arrival on Dec. 17, 1946, at the Cathedral of the Nativity. He had found work at the Twentieth Century Market, soon becoming manager, and later moved into a job managing the Foodland store.

He eventually bought out others, later selling the grocery business to his employees in the 1970s, and the land and buildings to his children in the 1980s.

He was very active in the Catholic Church and found time to travel, participate in community activities and pursue fishing, golf and other outdoor recreations. Family and friends said he was an avid chess player and devoted family man.

"He was generous and kind, and he knew everything," said his daughter, Laura Ackerman. "He will be missed by all who knew and loved him."

He is survived by his wife, Betty Rosenberger; children, Karen Harris and her husband, Dave, Jim Rosenberger, Gary Rosenberger and his partner, Brenda, Laura Ackerman, Herman Rosenberger and Mary Costa and her husband, Dennis; seven grandchildren, Barbara Rosenberger, Shannon Kent, Heidi Glasen, Richard and Steve Bloomquist, and Dennis and Victoria Costa; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Cathedral of the Nativity, with a rosary at 12:30 p.m. A reception will follow at the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau or to the Cathedral of the Nativity Building Fund.

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