On April 24, 2014, Palo Cedro and the Shasta County Community, as a whole, said goodbye to one of its most unforgettable and beloved citizens. Olive Rosellen, “Rose,” Shufelberger passed away at the age of 97, in her home of 59 years, just as she had wanted, with her family at her side.
Rose was preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Vern Shufelberger; her brother Wade Notley Zimmerman, Jr.; and her sister Thelma June Klausner. She is survived by her 10 children and (their spouses): Karen, Keith (Diane), Al (Shelley), Alan (Sherry), Bob (Tish), Robin (Terry Lauerman), Mike (Sherry), Melanie (Jay Scott), Lester (Christine), and Lance (Janet); 21 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. In addition, Rose is survived by three sisters: Mary Jane Barger, Kate Ann Scholz, and Laura Lea Young.
Rose was born February 11, 1917 to Wade Notley and Olive Noble Zimmerman, in Crip-ple Creek, Colorado. Within the first year of Rose’s life, the Zimmerman family purchased a farm near Liberal, Kansas. Rose was raised to be independent and hardworking, as were all of her siblings. Her chores were many and included: helping her mother can fruits and vegetables, caring for her younger siblings, and assisting her father in the fields. Rose could drive a team of horses as well as an adult, and by her own account, it was her favorite chore; however, school work came first on the Zimmerman farm. Rose especially enjoyed school and raced her brother on horseback to the schoolhouse each day, but only when they were out of view of their father and neighbors.
Education would always be an important part of Rose’s life. Both of her parents were school teachers and understood the value of a good education. Rose’s father was a staunch believer in advanced education and encouraged all of his children to attend college. Hence, Rose was anxious to start her college education soon after high school graduation. With her parent’s assistance and support, Rose was able to attend college at Panhandle A & M (Agricultural and Mechanical), in Oklahoma, boarding with a local family in exchange for house cleaning work. After acquiring enough units to start her teaching career, Rose re-turned to Western Kansas, where she taught first through eighth grade for two years at Blue Bell Elementary School, a one room schoolhouse on the prairie.
The year Rose turned 20, she met the love of her life, Vern Shufelberger, and on October 16, 1937, the two married–marking the beginning of their 53 years together as husband and wife. Rose finished her second year of teaching, while Vern returned to school, and in the spring of 1938, lured by the opportunity for work, and the support of family, they followed Rose’s family to Van Nuys, California, where they would soon start their own family. Shortly after settling in, both Rose and Vern went to work for The Zim-merman Dairy, which was owned and operated by Rose’s parents. Rose often assisted in milking the cows, but her daily chore was to drive the milk truck, making deliveries to customers and neighbors.
Due to zoning changes, the dairy was sold and moved to another location in the late 1940s. Seeking their next adventure, Rose and Vern bought a turkey ranch across the street from the defunct dairy in the early 1950s. In the peak years, more than 3,000 turkeys were sold during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. With Rose and Vern working together, the turkey business thrived. During the off season, the Shufelberger family butchered and sold approximately 100 chickens per week to supplement their income. However, with the addition of more homes in the area, tighter restrictions, and zoning modifications, Rose and Vern headed north to look for a better location with more land on which they could start a new dairy.
In the summer of 1955, after numerous trips to northern California, Rose and Vern finally found a 130-acre ranch where they could start a new dairy and raise their seven children. They borrowed a truck with a trailer and started the process of moving to Shasta County. The family of nine settled in and went to work. Soon, the truck from McCall’s Dairy was rolling up the drive-way to pick up 10-gallon cans of milk. They named their new ranch, Rovern Ranch (a hybrid of the couple’s first names).
By 1961, the Shufelberger Family was complete. With seven sons and three daughters, Rose, Vern and the entire family poured their blood, sweat and tears into the daily workings of the dairy and hay hauling businesses. Rose, at only 5’ 1″, worked endlessly to balance farm work and raise her family; she never seemed to tire. Tragedy struck on Christmas Day, 1961, when the family home burned to the ground. Rose and Vern, never sitting idly, managed to get construction on their new home started prior to January 1, 1962. The entire community came to the family’s aid, and the new home was completed in record time, without any of the children missing a day of school.
When the youngest child started school, Rose went back to school herself. She graduated from Shasta College and moved on to Chico University and graduated in 1971 with a Teaching Credential and a Bachelor’s Degree in history. After graduation, Rose started teaching as a substitute teacher, but soon realized she wanted to once again be in the classroom full-time. On July 1, 1972, Rose began her teaching career at Black Butte Elementary School, where she would enjoy 20 years of teaching every grade, with the exception of kindergarten. While teaching at Black Butte, Rose returned to school and earned additional credentials, which qualified her as a Special Education Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Librarian. She also earned an Administrative Credential and became Assistant Principal at Black Butte. She most enjoyed teaching fourth grade, as her passion was California History.
Rose became quite the revered teacher and would let no obstacle stop her from providing all of her students with a hands-on education. She instituted annual field trips to California landmarks such as Fort Sutter, the California Missions, and the State Capital. To make these trips possible for her students, she reached out to local institutions for support. Hence, Rose and her students often camped out on gymnasium floors and enjoyed donated meals from the churches and schools to whom she reached out. One year Rose was notified that her annual trip would be canceled due to lack of funds for a bus driver. Since Rose had the necessary license to drive the bus, she simply gathered extra chaperones and drove the bus herself. “No” was never an option for Rose. She thrived as a teacher for more than two decades. At 76, Rose retired, proving age was only a number.
Rose retired on June 30, 1992. However, Rose did not slow down. She volunteered throughout the community and spent time visiting with her family and friends. She enjoyed tending to her plentiful garden and loved to read the Farmer’s Almanac in order to see how the climate would impact her garden. The Farmer’s Almanac was also a favorite Christmas gift to give each member of her family. In addition, Rose spent many hours studying her favorite gardening catalogs, carefully picking the seeds she would plant in the coming spring. She read the local newspaper each day from front to back, as she was interested in nearly every article written. She pushed each of her grandchildren to master reading, writing, and mathematics, and to enjoy her favorite subject, history. Rose proudly displayed their report cards, school photos, and other awards throughout her home. She loved nothing more than to attend her family’s school games, open houses, graduations, weddings, and baby showers.
In later life, Rose continued to stay involved with her family. Every night of the week one of her children and their family would bring dinner to share with their mother. It was a routine Rose looked forward to with great pleasure. Her front door was always open, welcoming visitors. Her only request was that everyone sign her guestbook.
As a dedicated teacher and community enthusiast, Rose touched countless lives. She taught basic reading to developmentally disabled adults, collected books, cataloged them, and as lead Liberian reconstructed the entire Mountain Union School Library after the Fountain Fire completely destroyed it. She saw to it that each student at Black Butte School had a warm coat in winter, appropriate clothing for graduations, and even dental work, when needed. Rose was a 4-H Leader; Millville School’s founding PTA president, an elected member of the Millville School Board, and a Life Member in the Millville Grange. Rose also served on the Election Board most of her adult life, and was a Life Member of CTA (California Teachers Association).
Rose was a devoted wife and mother, adored sister, beloved grandmother, loyal friend, and active community member. The memory of Rose Shufelberger and her community contributions will live on for generations to come.
Memorial donations in Rose’s name may be made to Palo Cedro Community Park, P.O. 1112, Palo Cedro, CA 96073; Mercy Hospice, 2625 Edith Ave., Suite E, Redding, Ca. 96001; Unity Church in Redding, 1852 Buenaventura, Suite 6, Redding, CA 96001.