Rosie Hein of Diamondhead loved baking, sewing and decorating --- and you didn't want to be caught with your shoes on her carpet.
"She was real big on that," said Hein's daughter, Jackie Hein Watson, from her Montana home. "You could eat off her floor."
Strudels and other German pastries were usually at the top of the German-born Hein's baking list. She also could make a mean sauerkraut and sausage meal, Watson said.From decorative vases to figurine elephants, anything that had to do with enhancing her home was what Hein loved.
"She loved vases," Watson said. "And she was a hell of a (seamstress). She used to make all of our clothes, mine and hers, while I was growing up."
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Hein, 68, and her husband Deter, 71, had just relocated to South Mississippi from Florida when Hurricane Katrina swept ashore on Aug. 29 and claimed not only the home they loved but their lives as well.