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21 S. Austin Road
Janesville, WI 53548
Phone: (608) 752-2444
Fax: (608) 754-7780
Elizabeth DeRosier

Elizabeth E. DeRosier

Sunday, March 3rd, 1940 - Sunday, October 20th, 2019
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Elizabeth E. (Newman) DeRosier, age 79, of Beloit, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the home of her daughter in Beloit. She was born March 3, 1940 in Janesville, the daughter of the late Lyle G. & Evelyn D. (McCumber) Newman. On January 12, 1957 she was married to Gerald L. DeRosier. He preceded her in death on April 28, 1999.
She loved a good game of Bingo, and would play as often as she could, making many friends along the way. She also was a fan of Court TV programs. Elizabeth loved to travel, and her favorite vacation spot was in the Clearwater, FL area.
She especially enjoyed her dogs, and she had an affinity for Cocker Spaniels.
She is survived by her children, Deuneulle (Lance) Swatzell-DeRosier, and Clint (Cyndi) DeRosier, both of Beloit; her 3 sisters, Elaine Summers, Violet White, and Connie Boone; her numerous grandchildren, including Cheaneulle DeRosier, Jha’Vonne DeRosier, Brandon DeRosier, and Tyler DeRosier; many great-grandchildren; and by nieces, nephews, and friends. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by 2 sons, Thomas DeRosier and Michael DeRosier.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Friday, November 1, 2019 at MILTON LAWNS MEMORIAL PARK CHAPEL, 2200 Milton Ave. Visitation will be held from 11:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. on Friday at the chapel.
Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services
21 S. Austin Rd., Janesville (608)752-2444
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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 1st, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Friday, November 1st, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Milton Lawns Memorial Park
    2200 Milton Ave.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53545
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  • Service

    Friday, November 1st, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Friday, November 1st, 2019 12:00pm
    Milton Lawns Memorial Park
    2200 Milton Ave.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53545
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  • Interment

    Milton Lawns Memorial Park
    2200 Milton Ave.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53545
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Tyler DeRosier

Posted at 09:54pm
Eulogy of Grandma DeRosier 11-1-2019

It is an honor and privilege to be able to remember Elizabeth Evelyn DeRosier, a woman who has touched every one of our lives gathered here today. For many of us, our very first memories include her, were shaped by her, and endure to this day. I affectionately know her as Grandma, while others know her as a mother, sister and friend.

Many of us fondly remember the annual family gatherings in which we would watch the football games or play it ourselves. Each of us bringing food to share along with memories and fellowship. Many of the grandchildren remember being picked up for school and sneaking ice cream at TCBY and trips to Florida. She always looked back on these days with a fondness that consoled her throughout her last years; that is surely solace all of us can have, that we played a part in giving memories to her that she cherished, just as we do of her.

No DeRosier family recollection would be complete without our furry friends Buddy, Stretch, Swiffer, Blue, and many others; who, through Grandma and her natural compassion for all living things taught many of us through action, including myself, the rewarding and meaningful pursuit of simple pleasures: cooking, gardening, caring for nature, and many others. Right up to her last days, her motherly instinct was strong, reinforced by years of practice and endurance.

Born on March 3, 1940, Grandma grew up with 6 sisters: Elaine, Connie, Violet, Lorraine, Virginia, Dianne and she grew into a beautiful young woman and married Gerald DeRosier on January 3, 1957. They were blessed by 4 sons: Mike, Clinton, Tommy, and Jerry along with 3 daughters: Jeannine, Deannulle, and Yvonne.

She was blessed with 15 grandchildren: Bud, Dana, Ashley, Mike, Candace, Erika, Cody, Mandy, Brandy, Cheanulle, Jhavonne, Abby, Quinton, Brandon and myself, Tyler. 2 of her sons Mike and Tommy, 3 of her sisters: Lorraine, Virginia, Diane, her husband Gerald and one of her grandsons, Quinton, preceded her in death.

Grandma expressed faith in Jesus Christ as her personal savior. Why did she do this? She recognized, as the Bible states in 1 Cor. 15:26, that death is an enemy. Jesus knew this too, as illustrated when one of his friends, Lazarus died. (READ John 11:11-14,23-25,33-35,43,44)

Why do we die and how does Jesus save?

First we have to look at the original purpose for mankind, which is recorded in Gen. 1:26-28. Here we see that the purpose of mankind was to be fruitful, happy, and to be God’s vicegerents here on Earth; cultivating it, taking care of it, and honoring God with their own free will. Humans were not created to be robots, but rather to be free moral agents being able to choose between what is good and what is bad.

So for example, a good person can turn themselves into a thief through free will by reducing their self control to achieve a specific desire. Also a thief through free will can gain control over their desire, repent and become a good person again. Free will is a powerful, rewarding, yet dangerous gift if used unwisely.

In Gen. 2:15-17, we also see that God placed a tree as a symbol of God’s sovereignty and right to determine what was good and what was bad. As long as our first parents obeyed and honored God, they would continue to live in paradise on Earth; God also warned about the consequences of disobedience. However, something went wrong.

Our first parents did not appreciate all that God had done for them and they chose to disobey him. As a result, a spiritual, emotional, and physical sickness entered into the world through them and was passed down to their descendants including us, Sin. (Romans 5:12).

To illustrate, imagine a fan. It will keep spinning at a steady RPM indefinitely when plugged in. However, if you unplug the fan, it will continue to spin at the same RPM for a time but will gradually slow down until it eventually stops. When our first parents unplugged from God, immediately they started to emotionally, physically, psychologically, and spiritually deteriorate as sin began its gradual progression towards death.

However not all was lost, as one of Grandma’s favorite scriptures attests (READ John 3:16).

How could the death of one man benefit all of mankind?

(READ I Cor. 15:21,22) Mankind could not save themselves from this condition of sin and death they inherited from Adam. Jesus, like our first parents was perfect, but he used his free will wisely and remained obedient until death; therefore, allowing him to give his life a ransom in exchange for many.

To illustrate, imagine a large town with a large factory that is the center of economic prosperity in the area. One day the corrupt manager decides to embezzle money. It eventually gets so bad that the factory closes leaving untold thousands out of work, not being able to pay for groceries, and causing various other issues throughout the area.

Then imagine a good business in the neighboring town. He sees the plight of the people in town and decides to take action; getting building permits, land deeds, etc and pays the debt of the factory and puts all the people back to work, restoring its original prosperity. This is similar to what God through Jesus has done for us.

Adam is like that corrupt manager; when he disobeyed God he callously incurred a large debt of sin that he passed on to all of us. Jesus gave up his perfect human life, through suffering and much pain, to pay the debt of sin for us; opening up to all the possibility of everlasting life. However, God will not force a gift we do not want onto us. We have to accept this gift and continue to walk with him and trust him. Jesus re plugged the fan, the connection to God. All we have to do is put our faith in him and clothe ourselves with his righteousness and the merits of his sacrifice.

God has not been absent throughout human history. He has opened the way to salvation from sin and death caused by our first parents and has exercised great patience and mercy so all have the opportunity to come to know him and exercise faith in him.

(READ 2 Pet. 3:9)

However, God’s mercy is tempered with his justice. To protect the righteous left on earth, God will one day step in and exercise his complete sovereignty over the Earth in judgment and will usher in his Kingdom on Earth and undo all the bad effects of the rebellion. (READ Rev. 21:3,4/Job 14:13-15)

Just as the 2 previous scriptures highlighted, God is working towards bringing his purpose to fruition at exactly the right time. Until then, his patience and mercy allows us the opportunity to respond to him and pass from death to life.

I greatly thank, from the bottom of my heart, the family and friends gathered here today for coming to remember and honor Grandma. One of her desires throughout life was to see unity and love in the family.

It is my prayer and desire that the memories and love expressed today can come together as pieces into a whole unity, bonded by love of family, love of each other, and love of God. Just as a work of art is unique, made up of different colors, textures, and pictures; each of us bring something of unique value to the tapestry of the DeRosier family. May God bless you all.

Numbers 6:24-26:

“May Jehovah bless you and safeguard you.

May Jehovah make his face shine upon you, and may he favor you.

May Jehovah lift up his face toward you and grant you peace.”

Candice Bowman

Posted at 03:24pm
I remember our family gatherings at Christmas and Thanksgiving. It was the whole family and we were able to all come together. It would be Grandma (Elizabeth) and Grandpa as well as their 6 children (not including Tommy because he died when he was 2) with their families too. That included: Jerry with Bud, Mike with my sister, me, and my brother, Clint with Tyler and Brandon, Jeannine with Brandi, Mandi, and Cody, Yvonne with Dana and Ashley, and Deaunuelle with Cheaneulle, Jha'vonne, and Abby (as well as each one's spouses). We don't always get along, but we are always family.

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