Rose Estella Hohweiler Sterk


Long-time Alamosa resident Rose Estella Hohweiler Sterk, 84, left this life on June 29, 2022, at Stonecreek of Littleton in Littleton, Colorado.
Rose was born January 4, 1938, in Hooven, Hamilton County, Ohio, to Edward Hohweiler and Ruth Jacques Hohweiler, the youngest of five children.
Rose excelled in her studies at Taylor High School in Cleves, Ohio and graduated in 1955. She then moved to Alamosa, Colorado, to join her cousin at Adams State College. It was there that she met her husband, Paul J. (PJ) Sterk. They were married September 1, 1956, in Cleves, Ohio, then moved to Colorado permanently.
Rose worked as a bank teller, a legal secretary, and as a clerk of the District Court for the 4th Judicial District, and as Head Clerk of the Alamosa County Court. She  supported her husband through his studies at Adams State, typing his papers and checking his books in order to decipher PJ’s impossible handwriting. She was always organized and ready to help relatives and friends at any time.
The couple welcomed their son Paul Michael (Mikey) in 1959, followed shortly by a daughter, Mary Lynne, in 1961. Two more daughters followed, Melissa Kay in 1969 and Amy Beth in 1971.
Rose was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in leadership and teaching positions in Relief Society and Young Women’s, including as a leader for Young Women’s camp in the summer. She loved doing work in the temple. She was supportive of her husband’s service to the church in his several leadership positions.
Rose enjoyed cooking, baking, traveling, crocheting, knitting, quilting, and camping. Her characteristic perfectionism showed in her sewing as well. She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her book club in Colorado City. As a young woman, she showed great athletic ability in swimming, softball, and roller skating. She was a fan of John Wayne movies, Wide World of Sports, and movie musicals, as well as television shows like Mission: Impossible. She took part in community projects, helping to put together essentials for mothers of newborns and donating them to the local hospital and was a member of the Rye Women’s Club, which raised scholarship funds for local high school graduates.
She is survived by her three daughters: Lynne (Frank) Harter, Melissa Sterk Sardoni, and Amy (Shawn) Kraus, nine grandchildren: Kevin, Kayleigh, Ryan, Ethan, and Sean Harter, Samuel, Maran, and Blake Sardoni, and Mason Roach, as well as several nieces and nephews She was preceded in death by her parents Edward Hohweiler and Ruth Hohweiler, siblings Paul Hohweiler, Ruth Mary Hohweiler Ross, Esther Lee Willer (Bernard) Bowman, Elizabeth Lucille Hohweiler Kraft, niece Bonnie Carr Oppelt, and by her son Paul Michael Sterk (1959-1967).

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