Rose Marie Keffeler, 87, of Remsen, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at her home in Remsen.
Rose Marie Keffeler was born Dec. 10, 1917, at rural Remsen, the daughter of Louis and Mary (Letsche) Schmitz. Rosie was raised in the Remsen area and received her education at the Remsen Public School. On Nov. 29, 1934, she married Clarence Keffeler at Remsen. They farmed in the Marcus area before moving to a farm near Remsen which she was active in helping operate. They also sold DeKalb seed corn which she continued to do until her retirement in Janunary 1977 when she moved into Remsen. Clarence died Jan. 30, 1974.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the church Guild, Catholic Daughters of America, past member and past president of the Christian Mothers.
Survivors include one son, Jim and his wife, Jeanne, of La Veta, Colo.; two daughters and their husbands, Rosie and Jim Staab, Mary and Paul Ahlers, all of Remsen; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Mrs. Omar (Katherine) Schmidt of Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Claude (Myra) Hall of Canon City, Colo., Mrs. Dick (Ruth) Keffeler of Marcus, and Mrs. Earl (Delores) Schmitz of Ontario, Calif.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert; one grandson, Lucas Ahlers; four brothers, Louis Schmitz when a young child, Albert, Andrew and Earl Schmitz; and one sister, Elsie Pritchett.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at Remsen. Friends may call any time after 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a rosary at 3 p.m. by St. Mary's Guild and the Catholic Daughters of America and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the funeral home.
Casketbearers will be Matt and Steve Ahlers, Mike Keffeler, John, Mark and Nick Staab.