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Rosena Fife


Published: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 10:24 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 10:28 a.m. CDT

Rosena Fife, 90, of Corning died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at Corning Specialty Care in Corning.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Pearson Family Funeral Service and Cremation Center, 701 Seventh St., in Corning with the Rev. Fred Bryson officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Corning. Open visitation with family present will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Corning United Methodist Church or Rose Ann Auxiliary. Online condolences may be left at

Rosena Ruth Fife, daughter of Ira S. and Nora Ruth (Lovell) Adamson, was born July 10, 1926, in Adams County. The family moved to Adair County, where Rosena attended country school and Greenfield High School.

On Dec. 18, 1943, Rosena married Edward Fife in Creston, and three children were born to this union, David, Duane and Dean. They divorced.

On Oct. 26, 1988, she married Bill Harlan. Rosena worked for several businesses including National Farmers Organization, McClelland and Briles, Dr. C. L. Bain, Lindsay and Roland Funeral Home and congregate meals. 

Rosena was a member of Emblem Chapter No. 64 of the Order of Eastern Star, Corning United Methodist Church, Corning House of History, Rose Ann Auxiliary, Wesleyan Circle and Neighborly Neighbors Club.

Rosena is survived by her son Dean Fife (Karen Kenkel-Fife) of Omaha, Nebraska; daughter-in-law Bobette Fife of Corning; step-daughter Ruth Jacobs of Oklahoma; grandchildren, Danyel Foreman, Cassondra Fife-Havranek, Brent Fife and Suzanne Fife; step-grandchild Brandon Weihs; great-grandchildren, Ariana Hackett, Alex Hackett, Jace Fife-Havranek and Sam Foreman; brothers, Tom Adamson (Marlene) of Omaha, Nebraska; Merle Adamson (Donna) of Perry; brother-in-law Darriel Tilk of Storm Lake; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends. 

Rosena was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Duane and David; sister Margaret Tilk; grandson Phillip Fife and husband Bill Harlan.

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