Rosena Caroline Frederiche Roggow was born on Nov. 3, 1906, the daughter of Henry William and Louise (Golnitz) Roggow, near Peterson. Rosena attended the Brooke Consolidated School, and on March 7, 1933 she married Harry William Edward Pingel. The couple farmed in the Aurelia area until moving into town on Dec. 1, 1970.
Rosena was a member of ACC, Senior Citizens and the Senior Dance Club. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church where she was baptized, confirmed, married, taught Sunday school for many years, and was a member of the Ladies Aid until the church closed. She then became a member of St. John's Lutheran at Hanover, where again was a member of Ladies Aid. After Rosena entered Sunset Knoll Retirement Home on Nov. 3, 2000, she transferred her membership to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia.
Rosena enjoyed music and played the violin, organ, and piano. Before she was married, she was a member of the Cherokee Symphony. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.
Rosena died Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at Sunset Knoll Nursing and Rehab Center in Aurelia.
Preceding Rosena in death were her parents; her husband Harry, on Dec. 24, 1991; one daughter, LaVonne Smith, on July 10, 1992; her twin sister at birth; and two sisters, Irene Sump and Erna Stief.
Survivors include five sons and their wives, Donald and Janice Pingel of Cherokee, Myron and Joyce Pingel of Cherokee, Robert and Judith Pingel of Underwood, Dr. Dean and Linda Pingel of Spencer and Ivan and Connie Pingel of Latimer; one son-in-law, Jon, and his wife LuAnn Smith of Aurelia; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one sister, Aleda Stief of Aurelia; and many nieces , nephews and other relatives and friends.