In Memory of Rose Wonder

Rose Wonder
Rose Wonder
Born: September 3, 1937
Died: March 3, 2018
Age: 80
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Rose Wonder
September 3, 1937 - March 3, 2018
From: Carroll, IA

Rose Marie Wonder, age 80, of Carroll, Iowa, (formerly of Arnolds Park and Battle Creek, Iowa), passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Accura HealthCare of Carroll, Iowa.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, of Battle Creek, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a Rosary at 4:30 p.m. and a Vigil Service at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek and Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Rose Marie Wonder, the daughter of Albin and Mildred (McLarty) Kleine, was born on September 3, 1937. She grew up in Danbury, Iowa and graduated from Danbury Catholic High School with the class of 1955.

On April 21, 1956, Rose was united into marriage to Ronald Wonder in Sioux City, Iowa. The couple settled in Battle Creek, Iowa and raised their family. Rose worked as a nurse’s aide at the Hartley Memorial Hospital. She also worked as a teacher’s aide for Battle Creek Head Start and at the Battle Creek Elementary School.

Rose and Ronald also managed the Sunrise Campground in Storm Lake for five years in the early 1990’s.  In 1996, they moved to Arnolds Park, Iowa, where she worked part-time in ticket sales at the amusement park.  Upon retiring, the couple enjoyed wintering in Arizona for many years.

Rose was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She enjoyed camping, living in the Lake Okoboji area, and taking convertible rides.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Ron (Linda) Wonder of Carroll, IA, Dennis (Mary) Wonder of Milford, IA, Sheila (Vince) Lansink of Rimrock, AZ; grandchildren Holly (Ted) Hoene of Rochester, MN, Danny Lansink of Rimrock, AZ, David (Sydney) Wonder of Spirit Lake, IA and Allison (Joel) Hike of West Des Moines, IA; great-grandchildren McKinley Hoene, Brody Lansink, Madelyn Hoene, Kendall Hoene, and Conor Hike; brother Kenneth Kleine of Fountain, CO; numerous extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Albin and Mildred Kleine; husband Ronald Wonder; infant daughter Debra; sister Marlene Kleine who passed at age three; brothers Robert, Richard, and Roger Kleine.


10:30 a.m., Saturday
March 10, 2018
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball


David Wonder
Danny Lansink
Ted Hoene
Joel Hike
Bruce Gustafson
Mike Krayenhagen


4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 09, 2018
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa

Rosary at 4:30 p.m.
Vigil Service at 6:30 p.m.


"Here I Am Lord"
"Ave Maria"
"One Bread, One Body"
"Amazing Grace"

Sue Mein, Organist
Theresa Wunschel, Cantor


Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Monday, March 12, 2018 at 12:17 PM
“My deepest sympathies! Rose was a wonderful lady!!”
- Diana (Jensen) Sexton
Monday, March 12, 2018 at 12:17 PM
“My deepest sympathies! Rose was a wonderful lady!!”
- Diana (Jensen) Sexton
Monday, March 12, 2018 at 12:17 PM
“Sending my deepest sympathies. Thoughts and prayers for your family. ”
- Mary Anne (Bartels) Farrell
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 12:58 PM
“To Roses family, sending our warmest thoughts and prayers for you during this difficult time. Rose always had a smile for everyone, and was one of the nicest ladies I have ever known. We wish you Gods blessings for comfort and peace. Sincerely Bill and Corlie.”
- Corlie Kohnekamp
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 12:58 PM
“Ron and Linda, I am so sorry to hear of Rose's passing. She was a wonderful lady when I worked with her in Carroll. Sending prayers for peace and healing”
- Cindy Bauer
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 4:16 PM
“She will always be in our hearts we were all very lucky to know and love her! Prayers and thoughts with you all.”
- Katherine Mitchell
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 4:16 PM
“So sorry to learn of Roses passing. I first met her detassling corn , and the same time she got engaged to Ron. She was over the moon. She was such a nice person.
- Fern Krayenhagen
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 1:12 PM
“My heart has broken. Aunt Rose was by far the sweetest woman to be on this earth. Im happy to know she is out of pain and free to walk again. Rest in Peace ”
- Elaine Marie Kleine
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 1:12 PM
“So sorry to hear about your Mother. My sympathy to you all.”
- Colleen Frederick
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:01 AM
“I am very saddened by Rose's passing.She was such a wonderful and friendly lady.I always enjoyed speaking with her and especially when her and Ronnie were together.They were a fantastic couple and she had to kept Ron happy.She touched so many people.Now the POP a TOPS have their no. 1 fan and groupie with them.She had a good life but she was tired and ready.I am so sorry Ron,Dennis and Sheila and your families. Peace”
- Robert bjorholm
Monday, March 5, 2018 at 10:06 AM
“The world has lost a shining star and heaven has gained one. Rose was such a kind and caring wife, mother, neighbor, and Christian. She will be missed by so many. Please let your wonderful memories of her comfort you in your loss.”
- Arthur and Darla Krueger
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3:08 PM
“So very sorry on your loss. Such a special lady. Hugs!”
- Valarie Wonder
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