Video created by Thomas Arnot. Rosemarie Ingeborg Sommer was born June 3, 1928 to parents Hermann & Maria Sommer, in Korntal, Germany (near Stuttgart). This talented, remarkable woman was the third of eight children in a family of four boys and four girls. She was a teenager and the oldest girl in the family during WWII. With her father away at war, much of the domestic work fell on Rosemarie’s shoulders to help her mother and younger siblings at a very dangerous moment in history. Much of the area where she lived was bombed and this family lived with the daily threat of war. Rations were short and the family had to manage with very little, as she learned at that early age to make something special out of practically nothing. After the war, she met her first husband, Heinz Albrecht and they were married December 9, 1950. Seeing little future in their homeland during those post war years, they emigrated to Canada. They first lived in Winnipeg and later Toronto. These were difficult years as they both worked various jobs. On August 23, 1955 a daughter, Ingrid was born. In 1959 they emigrated again, to Denver, CO. Heinz’ aunt owned a lamp store and she employed both of them. He made and repaired the electrical lamps while Rosemarie designed the lamp shades. This marriage eventually ended in divorce and the single mother was forced to work hard to provide for her daughter. She worked at Aspen Leaf during this time. This high end retailer offered quality ski and sporting goods. While there, Rosemarie worked in sales and as a clothing model. A rancher from Merriman, NE, William “Bill” C. Arnot was a co-owner of a condominium in Dillon, CO. It was there in 1967 that they met during an […]
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