In Memory of Rosella "Rose" Maxine Franzkowiak

Rosella "Rose" Maxine Franzkowiak
Rosella "Rose" Maxine Franzkowiak
Born: June 3, 1922
Died: August 18, 2017
Age: 95
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Rosella "Rose" Maxine Franzkowiak
June 3, 1922 - August 18, 2017
From: Ida Grove, IA

Rosella “Rose” Maxine Franzkowiak, age 95, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017, at Eventide of Denison, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 25, 2017, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Rev. Richard A. Salcido will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Schaller Cemetery of Schaller, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday August 24, 2017, at the Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

On a beautiful spring day in 1922, a very pregnant Katherine Sharkey was taking a walk. As she observed the wild roses alongside her path she knew what she would name her child if blessed with a daughter. On Saturday, June 3, 1922, in rural Danbury, Iowa, a baby girl was born to James and Katherine (Redenius) Sharkey. She was the tenth child of eleven children and was given the name Rosella Maxine. Rose was baptized into the Lutheran faith and grew up in the Danbury and Anthon area attending country school.

She married Eugene Crum. To this union two sets of twins were born. They later divorced. On October 12, 1952, she married Frank Franzkowiak. They lived near Arthur then moved to their farm southwest of Schaller in 1956. They were blessed with three children. In 1974, they moved south of Galva before retiring to Ida Grove in 1987. Rose continued to live there until her mobility forced her to move to assisted living in 2013. The final month of her life was spent at Eventide in Denison, IA. The last surviving member of the James Sharkey family entered into heaven on August 18, 2017. She lived to be the oldest of the entire family attaining the age of 95 years, 2 months and 15 days.

Rose enjoyed country living. She was a hardworking farm wife helping with the farm chores, raising chickens and gardening. She enjoyed neighborhood parties and family activities. There was always time for coffee and playing with the grandchildren. Frank and Rose took many trips to various states and visited the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Rose enjoyed music her entire life and was an avid doll collector.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Roslyn “Dolly” (Urban) Tripp of Denison, IA, Stanley (friend Linda) Crum of Holstein, IA, Donna (Jim) Kay of Holstein, IA, Paul (Carolee) Franzkowiak of Schaller, IA, Mark (MaryLou) Franzkowiak of Schaller, IA; daughters-in-law Lois Crum of Schaller, IA and Marsha Crum of Denison, IA; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren with 2 more arriving this fall and 10 great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law George (Darlene) Franzkowiak of Schaller, IA.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband Frank (2009); her sons Roger Crum and Steven V. Crum (a casualty of the Vietnam War); grandsons Nathan Tripp and Steven E. Crum; a great-grandson and great-great-grandson; her parents and all of her siblings and their spouses Lloyd, Raymond, Earl (Margaret), LeRoy (Marlene), Tom Sharkey, Neoma (Elmer) Schwarz, Eva (Bernard) Sevening, Ollie (Henry) Peters, Violet (Hans) Kirkholm and Pauline (Leonard) Newman; parents-in-law Henry and Dorathy Franzkowiak, brothers-in-law Henry (Phyllis), Raymond and Dwayne Franzkowiak; many nieces and nephews.



2:00 P.M., Friday
August 25, 2017
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard A. Salcido


Todd Crum
Travis Crum
Shannon Crum
Matt Crum
Kyle Crum
Nick Franzkowiak

Honorary Pallbearers
Roxane Neumann
Jean Crum
Rachael Crum
Julie Roehl
Jennifer Van Engen
Leah Edwards
Lynn Guccion


4:00 p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Recorded Selections
By Daniel O'Donnell

"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
"How Great Thou Art"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"Amazing Grace"


Schaller Cemetery
Schaller, Iowa


Friday, August 25, 2017 at 9:28 AM
“Rose has gone to join my Mom..(Violet Schau) where they can enjoy one another and have more coffee and birthday parties... May she RIP.”
- Mareta Vermeys
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 5:17 PM
“Please know that eben though I m grieving the loss of my dad I also grieve for you. God bless.”
- Shari O'Bannon
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 9:26 AM
“Our sincere condolences to you all. She has left a wonderful legacy in you, and that will live on! Prayers for your comfort.”
- Lucas & Lisa Beverlin
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 9:31 AM
“Paul and Carolee, so sorry for your loss. I know Rose was loved by all.just having lost our mom's, our hearts go out to you. GOD bless you all ,and celebrate her life. Remember her joy of life everyday. Much love, Rod and Sue”
- Dr and Mrs Rodney Stream
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 9:31 AM
“Donna & family - praying God's comfort and Blessing for you - Rose was always a joy to be around - she was a source of love and kindness - I'll always remember her and Frank - I smile when I think of them -”
- Tom Hiller
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 9:31 AM
“For all the cups of coffee and conversations we had, thank you. I will miss you, dear friend. Rest in peace, Rosie!”
- Donna May Schau
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 3:02 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Rosie's passing ... what a kind lady and such a hard worker during her lifetime. You will be missed, dear Rosie!”
- Denise Schau
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 8:44 AM
“R.I.P. Aunt Rosie. You were very special to me. ”
- Tony Jensen
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