Rose Mary Braun was born April 3, 1927, in Le Mars, the daughter of Arthur A. and Bertha (Nieland) Braun. She was raised in Alton, and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in 1944. Following her schooling, she worked as a bank teller at the Alton Savings Bank.
She was united in marriage to Cyril Ortmann on Jan. 4, 1950, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. They lived on a farm near Le Mars and later near Merrill, raising eight children. Rose Mary also found time to serve as a county election official and farm sales clerk, as well as volunteer as treasurer for the Plymouth County Heart Fund.
Later, she returned to school and attended Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. She attained her nurse's aide degree in December 1976. She went to work as an aide at the Good Samaritan Society in Le Mars. She worked there until retiring in 1990.
Cyril died April 9, 2007, in Le Mars.
While living near Merrill, she was a member of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Merrill before becoming a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. She was Past Grand Regent for the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in Le Mars.
She enjoyed embroidery and attending annual family reunions. She was an avid supporter and contributor to the "Mission Honduras" program through Gehlen Catholic Schools. She will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her eight children: Mary Ortmann (Dave Eckels), of Ankeny, Ed (Cathy) Ortmann of Le Mars, Ray (Wendy) Ortmann of Madrid, Martha (Bob) Drake of Pueblo, Colo., Chuck Ortmann of Sheldon, Anita (Tom) Mautz of Ankeny, Elaine (Jim) Schmitz, of Le Mars, and Walt (Jill) Ortmann, of Saline, Mich.; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren and one to be born in January.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cyril; her sisters: Margaret Schreier and Kathleen Delperdang; and her brothers: Leo Braun and Arthur "Bud" Braun.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Kevin Richter will celebrate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation with the family present will be after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday with a Catholic Daughters of the Americas Rosary at 4 p.m., and a scriptural prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the church. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. The Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made in Rose Mary's name to Mission Honduras or the Christian Needs Center.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.