Rosalind June-Lichty-Ockenfels-Strabala's story starts with Shakespeare's heroine, Rosalind, after whom she was named. Her grandmother Lichty was an Irish orphan who arrived in Iowa aboard the historic "Orphan Train" then traveling cross-country. She was adopted by the Lichty's.
Rosalind's grandfather, John Ockenfels, was a German-immigrant farmer. Her own father, Leo Ockenfels, founded a hybrid seed corn operation in 1936 near Norway, Iowa, where he also established a chicken and egg operation alongside the Ockenfels Hybrid Seed Corn enterprise. He sold his seed corn business to Pioneer Hybrids. Thus, it is likely that some of the genetic traits from the Ockenfels corn strain exist even today in the nation's feed corn. Rosalind was no stranger to farm operations, taught by her father to drive a tractor by the age of ten. Her middle name came from her June birthday. Her first name was inspired by her mother, Jeannette, after she read Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It". The play's heroine was, of course, named Rosalind.
Death came at the age 84. She was married for 59 of those years to William M. Strabala, a retired Denver newspaper business editor. They have three sons, Timothy, a plant geneticist-microbiologist living in New Zealand; Darrell, a Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) consultant for electric relay systems and Kenneth, a manufacturing quality control supervisor/manager for Lockheed-Martin.
Rosalind was educated in a Catholic covenant-school in Dubuque, Iowa. She was retired from Coors Porcelain, where she worked as a ceramic plating technician for 27 years.
A private family memorial service will be held at Newcomer Funeral Home - West Metro Chapel.
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