In Memory of Rosemary J Kirkpatrick
Died: September 4, 2017
Rosemary Kirkpatrick, age 76, of Arthur, Iowa, passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017, at Unity Point Health- St. Luke’s Hospital of Sioux City, Iowa.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 8, 2017, at the Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa. Rev. Ken Miller will officiate; Burial will be at a later date in the Lone Tree Cemetery of Sioux Rapids, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 8, 2017, at the Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com
Rosemary June Kirkpatrick, the daughter of Paul and Rose (Hadenfeldt) Jones, was born on December 13, 1940, in Sioux Rapids, IA. She grew up in the Rembrandt, IA, area. She graduated from Rembrandt Consolidated High School with the class of 1958.
Rosemary continued her education at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. She graduated with a BS in Accounting. After Rosemary graduated from college, she was employed by Arthur Anderson a large accounting firm in Omaha, NE.
On September 22, 1963, Rosemary was united into marriage to Theron “Kirk” Kirkpatrick. The couple made their home in Missouri Valley and they were blessed with a daughter, Rose. The family relocated to Arthur, IA, in 1967, when Kirk accepted the principal position in the Odebolt-Arthur School District. The family was overjoyed to welcome their second daughter, Kezzie.
While in Arthur, Rosemary began working as a bank teller for Ida County State Bank which is now known as United Bank of Iowa for 35 years before retiring in 2009.
Rosemary was a faithful member of the Arthur United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Red Hats Society. She also belonged to the Widow’s Club. Rosemary enjoyed crafts, sewing, crocheting, reading, and spending time with her companions (dogs) through the years especially her black toy poodle Pooh. Rosemary will be remembered for her hospitality, her delectable cooking, Christmas parties, and as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
Left to cherish her memory are her children Rose Kirkpatrick of Arthur, IA and Kezzie (Monyatsi) Gaseitsiwe of Omaha, NE; granddaughter Kate Rose Gaseitsiwe of Arthur, IA; brother-in-law Kerry (Kathryn) Kirkpatrick of Ankeny, IA; and sisters-in-law Karen (Ronald) Gifford of Naples, FL, Judy (Steve) Schumacher of Oletha, KS, Tess (Bob) Pierce of Sioux Rapids, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Rose Jones and husband Theron “Kirk” Kirkpatrick.
11:00 a.m., Friday
September 8, 2017
Rev. Ken Miller
Her Nieces & Nephews
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, Sepetember 8, 2017
Christensen - Van Houten
"Fairest Lord Jesus"
At a Later Date
Lone Tree Cemetery
Sioux Rapids, Iowa
I am so very saddened to hear of Rosemary's passing, and my heart goes out to you. As the saying goes, "Behind every great man is a great woman." This could not be truer in the case of your mother and grandmother. Those years that I worked as secretary to your father (and grandfather "Kirk") were among the very best times of my life. Kirk, with Rosemary at his side all the way, hosted the most beautiful Christmas Open Houses for school staff. The house was decorated beautifully, the food was wonderful, and I remember you girls helping out at the serving table. But this wasn't all...there was always a hand made gift for each one of us! How did they get this done?! Burning midnight hours I'm certain with Kirk working at school every day and Rosemary working at the bank full time. Then there were the years that your father was in Omaha in hospital/nursing home settings when your mother left every Friday night after she got off work and drove to Omaha to be with your father for the weekend....then back again on Sunday for another week of work at the bank. Until this past Christmas I still got Rosemary's Christmas card and letter, which I always looked forward to receiving. She kept me updated on you girls and yes, Pooh. My years of connection with your family has added richness to my life for which I am so grateful. May you find comfort in each other and in the knowledge that your mother and father have left a legacy admired by so many who knew them. God bless!
With love and sympathy,
We send love to you all.
Ron, Julie, Owen, and Quinn Gifford ”