Rose Timmerman

Rose Ann Timmerman, 90, passed away on Nov. 14 in Lisbon surrounded by her loved ones.

Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated Nov. 18 by Father John Gerald at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson.

Lectors were Kari Arneson and Erin Arneson.

Honorary bearers were Kari Arneson, Erin Arneson, Ashley Timmerman, Erica Timmerman, Mallory Lanphier, Laura Deininger, Jenny Deininger, Alex Timmerman, Brooke Timmerman and Brody Timmerman.

Casket bearers were Rick Arneson, Jim Lanphier, Dan Deininger, Ben Deininger, Tanner Lanphier and Austin Timmerman. 

Music was provided by Sheilah Pound, soloist, and Lois Last, accompanist.

Interment was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Rose was born on Nov. 1, 1929, to Joe and Mary (Obermeier) Wanninger in Audubon County. She was the third of six children of Joe and Mary and was raised on the farm, learning from an early age the value and benefits of a strong work ethic!

It was also during that time that she developed her love of the outdoors, tending to her flowers and working in the yard, which continued throughout her life. She recently celebrated her 90th birthday with her children and their extended families.

She was working at a little diner in Carroll when she attended a Valentine’s Day dance in 1957 in Arcadia and met her future husband, Bob Timmerman. After a year and a half courtship they were married at St. John’s Catholic Church in Arcadia on Aug. 23, 1958.  

Bob and Rose lived in Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Clinton and Tama while following his career with the railroad. They finally settled in Jefferson and were blessed with five children along the way. Bob and Rose were also foster parents for many years and were fortunate to adopt their youngest son through this experience. 

Rose remained active her entire life, raising her children and running an in-home day care until she was over 80 years old. She also had a Des Moines Register newspaper route which began over 50 years ago with her oldest child. She continued this with each of her children, and then carried on alone for over 30 years until she turned 80. 

In addition to Rose’s strong German work ethic, she will be remembered for her love of children (especially babies!), gardening, compassion for the less advantaged, competitive spirit, love of birds (especially cardinals), and enjoyment of old-time country music and dancing. This spirit will live on in her six children and 13 grandchildren.

Survivors include her children: Shelly (Rick) Arneson, of Fort Collins, Colo.; Randy (Judy) Timmerman, of Kansas City; Sharon (Jim) Lanphier, of Oskaloosa; Sheila (Dan) Deininger, of Mount Vernon; Bryan (Andrea Dorr) Timmerman, of Atkins; and Joey Timmerman, of Jefferson. Grandchildren include Kari and Erin Arneson; Ashley and Erica Timmerman; Tanner and Mallory Lanphier; Ben, Laura and Jenny Deininger; Alex, Brooke, Austin and Brody Timmerman.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; her parents; and her brother and sisters (Eleanor, Joseph, Margaret, Loretta and Maxine).

Memorials in Rose’s name may be directed to the family and will be designated for the future.

The family was assisted by the Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home.

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