Rose Timmerman, 1929 – 2019

Funeral services were held Nov. 18 at St Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson for Rose Ann Timmerman, 90, of Jefferson.

Father John Gerald was celebrant at the Mass of the Resurrection. Lectors were Kari Arneson and Erin Arneson. Sheilah Pound was soloist, accompanied by Lois Last. 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. Interment was at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Jefferson.

Rose Ann Timmerman, 90, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, surrounded by her loved ones.

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 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, CO, Randy (Judy) Timmerman of Kansas City, MO, Sharon (Jim) Lanphier of Oskaloosa, Sheila (Dan) Deininger of Mt. Vernon, Bryan (Andrea Dorr) Timmerman of Atkins, and Joey Timmerman of Jefferson; grandchildren Kari and Erin Arneson, Ashley and Erica Timmerman, Tanner and Mallory Lanphier, Ben, Laura, and Jenny Deininger, and 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).

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