Rose Mary Burke
Rose Mary Burke, 86, of Cedar Rapids died Saturday, September 15, 2018.
A Rosary Service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home with Greg Dunn presiding. Mass of the Resurrection was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson. Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Roger Linnan, Fr. John Gerald and Fr. Bill Brunner. The eulogy was given by Mary Beth Burke Neal. Acolytes were by James Neal and Isaac Kraemer. Readers were her god-children: Ann Kendell, Amy Cosentino and Rick Harris. Gift bearers were Mary Jo and Roger Kluesner and Rosemary and David Hoyt. Eucharistic ministers were Mike and Sue Holden and Isabelle Smith. Casket bearers were Elena Burke, Emily Burke, Katie Neal, Elizabeth Burke, Sofia Burke, Sarah Burke, Isabella de Ruiter and Maria Burke. Ministry of music was by St. Joseph’s Guitar Group with Rick Morain as the pianist and Elena Burke playing the oboe. Ushers were Ian Burke and Michael Burke. Interment was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Jefferson.
Rose Mary Brunner was born April 26, 1932. She was the middle child of Mike and Elizabeth Brunner. She had two older sisters, Bonnie Kienzie and Mary Ann Holden, and two younger brothers, Dick Brunner and Fr. Bill Brunner. Rose Mary grew up in Jefferson and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1950.
Following high school, Rose Mary attended Creighton University. She took two years off to join the Maryknoll novitiate in New York. Upon her return, she finished her degree in medical technology from Creighton.
Rose Mary and Bob were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jefferson, Iowa on January 31, 1959. They raised seven children: John (Maureen), James (Maria), David (Audrey), MaryAnn (Hans-Peter), Steve (Katie), Mary Beth (Tim) and Theresa (David).
Rose Mary was grandmother to twenty-six grandchildren: Robert, Matthew, Michael, Elena, Emily, Nathaniel, Sofia, Caleb, Joshua, Peter, Sarah, Maria, Abigail, Vincent, Frederick, Hans-Peter, Isabella, Elizabeth, Ian, Maura, Marisa, Katie, Daniel, James, Isaac and Benjamin.
Rose Mary stayed active in the Jefferson community as religious educator and member of Guild and Peace & Justice Committees at St. Joseph, Renew Director for the Sioux City Diocese, member of bridge club and Friday Club.
She spent her final years in Cedar Rapids to be closer to her family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Relief Services, Greene County Community School, or Genesis.
Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home.