Rose Eisele, 84, passed away peacefully on Thursday Sept. 19 in Solon, IA. She had been diagnosed with cancer several years earlier and lived each day to the fullest.
Rose Marie Garry was born on January 20, 1935, to Thomas and Florence (Sandschulte) Garry, in Bancroft, IA. She grew up with six brothers and a sister. She married Joseph Eisele; they later divorced and remained friends. The couple made their home in Elmore, MN. Rose raised six children while working as a bank teller, editor of the Elmore Eye Newspaper, and later as an advertising professional at CFM&AZ, Three Arts and Parsons in Cedar Rapids, IA, where she moved in 1978. Several decades later, she moved to Albuquerque to live near two siblings and to enjoy the warmth and beauty of New Mexico. She returned to Iowa in 2014 to live near her children, settling in Solon until her death.
Wherever Rose moved, she developed strong and lasting friendships. She greatly enjoyed sewing, playing cards and Scrabble, socializing with friends, a nightly brandy cocktail while watching the World News, and attending church services and social events that nurtured her deep faith in the Catholic Church. She enjoyed the company of her children, grandchildren, and her friends and neighbors. She will be forever remembered, and greatly missed.
Rose is survived by her children, Matthew, Charles and Eric, Cedar Rapids, IA; Mark (Julette); Elmore, MN, Mary Kaye, Solon; Julie Eisele (Dan Roach), Iowa City; by her brothers Phillip Garry (Janice Teal), Albuquerque; Thomas Garry (Adrienne), Bancroft; and George Garry (Beverly), Osseo, MN; by her sisters-in-law Mary Anne Garry, Cedar Rapids, and Phyliss Garry, Roseville, MN; and by her brother-in-law, Albert Eisele, Falls Church, VA. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and many close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and by her siblings, Richard, Patrick, John (Jack), and Louise; three sisters-in-law, Theresa Garry, Alice (Walsh) Garry, and Moira Eisele; a brother-in-law, Arnold Eisele; and a niece, Margaret Garry.
A Celebration of Life luncheon will be held at 12:45 PM on Tuesday Sept. 24, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Solon. A funeral Mass will be held at St. John's Catholic Church, Bancroft at 10:30 AM Saturday, Sept. 28, followed by inurnment in St. John's Catholic Cemetery and a luncheon. The family will greet visitors at the church beginning at 9 AM Saturday at the Church with a rosary beginning at 9 AM.
Memorials can be made to the family and will be shared with organizations in Rose's community in her memory. The family extends gratitude to Iowa City Hospice, and to nurse Dianna Reuter in particular; and also to caregivers at The University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center for their excellence and compassion.
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To Mark and Julette-and families--so sorry for your loss of your mother and grandmother--May God grant you peace at this time
Beautiful lady, inside and out. Always smiling, helpful, kind, and honest. Rest easy my friend, God knows you've earned it. Sincere and warm cmf&z memories, thanks Rose. Nancy (McHug) Prabel
my memory is when we went down to her house and saw her and also painted a picture for her and i can still remember what it looks like and what it says the backround is purple. it say i love you grandma in black and then it has some red and pink hearts. i had so many good memorys with her and i love her so much. her last words to me where "I love you" and that sometimes makes me sad and happy. i will never stop loving her she was a good person. But now she is in a better place called "HEAVEN" i love you grandma rose. wrote by Maci Eisele.
To all the Eisele kids...
You are all now grown-up. I remember your mom, Rose 🌹 as a fantastic generous woman when I was teaching first grade and Blue Earth. When the Sister changed habits in 1969 your mom shared her talent of sewing with Connie Edwards. The two of them sold my old long habit into a new black suit for me. Then we could wear blue dresses and suits . The two of them took their precious family time to help me move forward in the changing times. I loved our Conversations, shared wine, concerns in political news, and keeping up with what their kids were doing . God has been good to me and having Rose in my life. I’m sure the welcome home party for her in heaven is great.
I am holding Rose and each of you in my loving thoughts and prayers as you bid her an earthly farewell... until you meet again. God bless you all.
Sister Esther Wagner
Our condolences to the family of Rose. Thoughts and prayers for all her family
Rose was a wonderful friend to many and took life in stride with a great sense of humor. She was a dear friend to me and I will miss her so much.
So many happy memories growing up and spending time with the Eisele's. Rose was an amazing lady and lifetime friend to my Mom Connie Edwards. Rose will be missed and she was loved dearly.
She was a beautiful soul. She will be sorely missed. May the we all find peace in our memories of her.
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