Rosie Cook

Rosie Cook

Roslyn ‘Rosie’ (Venema) Cook of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Allegan. Rosie was born April 21, 1934, in Otsego, the only child of Henry and Elizabeth (Sisson) Venema.

In high school Rosie worked at Colburn’s Drug Store as a soda jerk. This is where she met the love of her life, Hadley. After graduating from Otsego High School in 1952 she attended Ford’s School of Nursing in Detroit. Rosie was an excellent cook and everyone enjoyed sitting at her table. She was a member of the Allegan Congregational Church. In her leisure time she enjoyed knitting, reading and flower gardening.

On January 10, 1953, in Otsego she married Hadley Cook, who died in 2002. Also preceding her in death were her parents and her son, Gregory Cook.

Surviving are two daughters, Nanette Root of Otsego, Christine Cook of Allegan; daughter-in-law, LouAnn Cook of Otsego; grandson, Austin Root (Carrie Barnhart) of Kalamazoo; granddaughter, Josie (Kristopher) Alderman of Otsego; and a great-granddaughter, Alexandra Alderman.

Cremation has taken place and a private family graveside service will be held later.

Contributions in memory of Rosie may be made to the Allegan Congregational Kitchen, 323 Cutler St., Allegan, MI  49010 or the Otsego District Public Library, 401 Dix St., Otsego, MI  49078.

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  1. Mary Ellen Riggs says:

    Nan, So sorry to hear about your Mother. I will be praying for you and your family. Mary Ellen Riggs

  2. Emily Mills says:

    Nan and Chris ,

    I’m sorry to hear about your mom. I have so many happy memories of being kids and playing at your house and enjoying having your mom there because she was always happy about something. Her laugh was just infectious. She made me feel like I was just another one of her “kids” and to this day I still love salt-rising bread and strawberry jam because of her 🙂 Just know you and your family are in my thoughts and I hope your own happy memories help ease the pain a little. Em

  3. David McMurray says:

    Nan, I’m sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time. Dave

  4. Nancy Fahrne says:

    LouAnn, so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. Thinking of you during this time and to let you know that you are in my prayers and thoughts.

  5. Lou Walters Sutherland says:

    Rosie Cook Family:
    So sorry to learn of your loss. I was in high school with Rosie, graduating with the class of 1952. She was a great friend. Will always remember her having a party the evening before our prom in the year of 1952. Not much sleep was done!

    My condolences to your entire family.

  6. Bill Venema says:

    Nan & Chris,
    So sory to hear of Roslyn’s passing. I have such good memories of the days we spent at Grandma & Grandpa Venema’s farm so many years ago.
    Cousin Bill Venema

  7. Ruth Lindsey Peterson says:

    Growing up there were 3 of us girls who lived close together; Rosie on Orleans Street, Barb Hurlbut on Allegan Street, and me, Ruth Lindsey also on Allegan Street. The three of us had lots of fun together and even some mischief now and then. When Greg was born in Pipp Hospital in Plainwell Barb and I went to the hospital to visit Rosie. The two of us couldn’t help giggling thinking about our childhood friend, with whom we had climbed trees, was now a mother and so much more sophisticated than we were. Chris and Nan, you must realize the many friends of your mother are keeping you in their thoughts.

  8. Gary and Denise Coombs says:

    We are so sorry to hear your mom passed away. You and your family are in our thoughts.

  9. julie bowles says:

    So sorry to hear of Rose’s passing.

    I am the youngest of Charlie and Helen’s children. Hadley was a cousin and Rose was a cousin in all sense of the word. She was definitely part of the Cook family.

    I am sorry that over the past few years we had lost contact but I do have memories of great times spent with Rose. She was such a sweet gal.

    One of my memories was that soon after Hadley had passed away that we had a family picnic at our home in Portage and Rose and LouAnn came. We felt honored to have them come and have good memories of time spent with both of them at that time.

    I am grateful having known Rose.

    Cherish your memories.

    Love, blessings and prayer to you all-


  10. Mary Ellen Riggs says:

    Nan and Family,

    Sorry for your loss I’m saying a Prayer for all of you.

    Mary Ellen Riggs

  11. Mary Ellen Riggs says:

    Nan and Children,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. ,

    May God Be With You,

    Mary Ellen Riggs

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