Rose Marie (Kunkel) Schiltz was born December 2, 1934, in St. Benedict, the daughter of Bernard and Caroline (Lange) Kunkel. She attended school in St. Benedict graduating from Lu Verne High School. Rose Marie married the "light of her life" Edward Schiltz on May 13, 1957, at St. Benedict Catholic Church. They resided in Bancroft where they raised their seven sons and seven daughters.
Rose Marie was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a hard worker dedicated to her family. The stove and washing machine never got a break and neither did she.
Rose enjoyed cooking and was known for always having chocolate chip cookies on hand. Her fried chicken was a Sunday favorite. She was her children's and grandchildren's biggest fan at all of their events. Rose enjoyed playing cards, sewing, quilting, and volunteering at Accura Healthcare. Rose had a deep faith in the Lord. One of her favorite trips was to Rome and visiting St. Peters Basilica.
Rose Marie Schiltz died Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at her home surrounded by her children. She was 86.
She is survived by fourteen children, Dale (Joyce) Schiltz of Bancroft, Karla (Dick) Bartman of Toluca, IL, Patty (Alan) Dole of Pella, Mike (Brenda) Schiltz of Algona, Carol (Bill) Kockler of St. Jacob, IL, Vince (Margaret) Schiltz of Glenwood, Gordy (Kathy) Schiltz of Eagan, MN, Angie (Doug) Kasch of Algona, Mary Kay (Steve) Berte of Lakota, Glen (Susan) Schiltz of Gretna, NE, Jeanette Kadow of Hastings, NE, Rodney (Michelle) Schiltz of Fort Dodge, Jerome (Jill) Schiltz of Algona, and Amy (Jesse) Zimmer of Princeton, MN; 33 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Edna Zeimet of Algona; a brother, Conrad Kunkel of Bancroft; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years Edward on April 23, 2018; seven brothers, James, Bernard, Omer, Clarence, Robert, Virgil, and George Kunkel; and five sisters, Veronica Spangler, Kathleen Becker, Ileene Ptacek, Jean Marie Kunkel, and Rita Frankl.