In Memory of Rosemary J Kirkpatrick

Rosemary J Kirkpatrick
Rosemary J Kirkpatrick
Born: December 13, 1940
Died: September 4, 2017
Age: 76
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Rosemary J Kirkpatrick
December 13, 1940 - September 4, 2017
From: Arthur, IA

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

    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
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa


Rev. Ken Miller


Honorary Pallbearers

Her Nieces & Nephews


9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, Sepetember 8, 2017
Christensen - Van Houten
Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa


"Fairest Lord Jesus"
"Amazing Love"


At a Later Date
Lone Tree Cemetery
Sioux Rapids, Iowa


Friday, September 8, 2017 at 10:16 AM
“Our heartfelt sympathy for your loss!! I have such great memories of your mother and father!! May God give you his comfort and peace as you go through this time! Our love and prayers to each of you!!! Sincere Sympathy!! Twyla & Joe Card”
- Twyla and Joe Card
Friday, September 8, 2017 at 10:16 AM
“Our prayers go out to you girls. Your mom was wonderful lady and cousin. ”
- Vicki Roepke
Friday, September 8, 2017 at 10:16 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Although I have not seen Rosemary for many years, I will always remember her soothing voice and twinkly eyes when she smiled and laughed. I always thought that she and Terry (his family nickname) were a wonderful couple and a joy to be around. Heaven has gained a very special, sweet angel. I am sorry that I am unable to attend the funeral services.”
- Rita (Brown) Nauman
Friday, September 8, 2017 at 10:16 AM
“Prayers for the family,she will be missed,she always had a smile,fun to be around.”
- Sandy Lichter
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 4:43 PM
“There is no doubt that Heaven has welcomed a new angel. I have fond memories of both Theron & Rosemary as we attended O.E.S. meetings & events. Sincere sympathy to the family.”
- Judy Andresen
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 3:45 PM
“Dear Rose, Kezzie & Kate,
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,
LaDonna Miller”
- LaDonna Miller
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 3:44 PM
“You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mom and grandmother. We just heard the message on our phone at noon today. We will keep all of you in our prayers.Thank you for letting us know. I'm sorry we won't be able to come to the funeral tomorrow due to prior commitments. ”
- Stephen and Nancy Young
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 12:00 PM
“Sincere sympathy to the daughters of Rosemary. We always enjoyed seeing and visiting with you at the Arthur United Methodist Church. Stay strong for each other. ”
- Charlotte and Gerald Tripp
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 11:59 AM
“Ever the kind and gentle soul, Rosemary was an integral part of the Arthur community for many years. She will be truly missed. My sincere condolences Rose, Kezzie and her entire family.”
- Ann Hemer Onnen
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 2:13 PM
“May God's peace that passes all understanding be with you from members of the Rembrandt Iowa community. ”
- Erik and Mariellen Mosbo
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 9:33 AM
“We are sorry for your loss. Rosemary was a sweet lady. She always had a friendly smile and kind word for her customers at the bank. ”
- Ruth & Terry Oxendal
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 9:33 AM
“Our sincere sympathies to the family. Rosemary will be remembered for her helpful and friendly assistance at the bank. She slept be missed by many.”
- Dennis and Angela Goodman
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 9:33 AM
“I write this with sadden heart as another one of my fellow co-workers has passed away. I recently took a position back at the Arthur Office and the memories that I cherish and bring a smile to my face, Rosemary and her wonderful food she would share, especially for brak time and her words of encouragement to me and always a warm caring heart to everyone she met. Again another lady that taught me to "care" about the people you work with and help. Another angel shines with a star in the heavens at night
- Wendy Lorenzen
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 9:33 AM
“Our thoughts and love are with the Kirkpatrick family.

We send love to you all.

Ron, Julie, Owen, and Quinn Gifford ”
- Ron and Julie Gifford
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 9:33 AM
“Kirk and Rosemary were such wonderful people who together touched the lives of so many people--young and old. I remember Rosemary's wonderful Christmas goodies that she always shared with the elementary staff. She had such a contageous laugh, and you knew she was sincere in her desire to please and help others. She will be dearly missed. Blessings to you, Rose and Kezzie, as you find comfort in a strong faith, loving family, and supportive friends.”
- Marilyn Buehler
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 9:33 AM
“Rose, Kezzie and Kate- We are all so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was such a wonderful, friendly woman and I know she was your best friend. She will always be in your heart and in the eyes of Kate- all you have to do is look. She is and always will be a part of you. Love to all of you and my heartfelt sympathies. ”
- Karen Cooper
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