Our beloved mother went home to Jesus on Aug. 5, 2014.
Rose Lang Sylling was born to Fred and Rose Lang, German-Russian immigrants, June 9, 1927, on the homestead they farmed near Napoleon, N.D. She was the middle child of 11 (two of which did not survive childhood).
Rose had three loves: Jesus, as her Savior since infant baptism and adolescent confirmation in her beloved Glueckstal Lutheran Country Church, her family and her love of education and lifelong learning.
She left home at 16 to pursue a high school education in “town” exhausting all the correspondence courses available at the time. She went on to Valley City College and taught in a one-room schoolhouse for a year during WWII. By using her savings, she worked as a waitress, cleaned house for forty cents an hour, and worked evenings at the college library until she earned her bachelor’s degree in business education. Degree in hand, she took a bus to Big Timber with one trunk and started her teaching career at Big Timber High School.
On a blind date, she met Hans O. Sylling and the rest is history. They were married in 1950, and lived in Miles City, Bridger for 12 years and finally Billings for the rest of her life. Rose taught school and was a school librarian in Big Timber, Edgar, Bridger and numerous elementary schools in the Billings School District until her retirement. After retirement she loved her volunteer “job” as Trinity Lutheran School librarian for 36 years where she was known as “Gramma Rose.”
Hans and Rose had three daughters: Linda (Pete) Wham, Carol (Dave) Ondov, and Gail (Chet) McGlothlin. Rose was known as “Marmee” to her family (because there is only one Gramma Sylling). In addition to providing college educations to their three daughters, Hans and Rose started education funds for their grandchildren at an early age. Those funds have provided degrees for a clinical pharmacist, a medical technologist, a physical therapist, an Air Force Special Ops pilot, a registered nurse and most recently a degree in journalism. The Montana higher education system was the provider for all and we are proud of the quality of education we have in Montana.
Rose kept journals of her life since the age of 12 and several years ago wrote “Prairie Sheaves” a collection of her memories for all of us to have in perpetuity. She typed this on a manual typewriter (she hated computers) and her legacy will live on through her writing and wonderful poems. It was “dedicated to the descendants of Germans from Russia immigrants: their courage, determination, faith, stamina, and hard work paved a path for us all”. Marmee loved birds (503 on her life list) and was able to take many memorable birding trips in the US with her daughters. She gladly passed on her knowledge and love of birds to the next generation. Each year, she made birthday calendars for family, extended family and friends. She celebrated un-birthdays too!
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hans and great grandson Landon. She is survived by her three daughters, six grandchildren: Danielle, Tyrelle, Sarah, Mark, Lindsay and Keith and seven ½ great-grandchildren: Brynlee, Parker, Beckett, Rylee, Elliot, Emma, Jolie and ?.
[note note_color=”#e9e9d5″]What Death Holds for Me by Rose Sylling
You know what death holds for me?
It holds open the door of freedom.
It will let me wander all the prairies
In the warm balmy springtime
In the cold, crisp fall
I can wander unabounded
All around and over all.
Will I as a ghost enter dark deserted houses?
Not I — I will fly
In the outdoors through the sky;
Soaring to the moon on high
Coming earthward I will sigh,
All of space will be my home;
Evermore I’ll carefree roam.[/note]
The family sincerely thanks Rev. Daniel Rinderknecht for his pastoral care of our mother. Mom, “I thank my God every time I remember you.” Phil 1:3. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran School. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.