Rose D. Oltmanns, 98, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Rosina Dorothea Popken was born Sept. 28, 1905, on the family farm in Plymouth County, the daughter of Herman Conrad and Christine "Tena" Margaretha (Eden) Popken. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She was raised in the Struble and Craig areas and attended school in Struble. Rose was united in marriage to Fred Oltmanns on Jan. 5, 1927, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Craig. Rose and Fred farmed in the Craig and Struble areas until 1969. They continued to live on the farm until they retired in 1973 and moved to Le Mars. Fred died May 21, 1996. Rose had made her home at the Plymouth Manor Care Center since May 2003.
Rose enjoyed playing pinochle with friends and family. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Willard Utech of Spirit Lake; two grandchildren, Linda and Alan Drey of Sioux City, and Wayne Utech of Fort Worth, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Amanda and Tyler Drey; a sister-in-law, Florence Oltmanns of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Fred in 1996; two sisters, Sophia Delperdang and Gratie Mueller; a brother, Herman John Popken; and a great-granddaughter, Kayla Drey.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the Rev. Gary Landsness officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Cemetery, Le Mars. Visitations will be after 3 p.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home with the family being present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Willard Utech, Wayne Utech, Alan Drey, Bill Coad, Larry Oltmanns, and Darrell Oltmanns.