Rose Marie Oswald, 91, of Monticello, passed away Monday, April 29, 2019, at Monticello Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Visitation was held from 4–7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a Knights of Columbus Rosary was recited at 3:45 p.m. Visitation continued from 10–11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church prior to funeral services.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Paul Baldwin officiated. Mass servers were Alex Oswald, Nathan Oswald and James Dirks. Lectors were Tiffany Halvorson and Renee Ferentchak and giftbearers were her children: Don, James, Leon, Dean, Paul, Ed, Ann, Janet, Betty and Joan. Eucharistic ministers were Lisa Oswald, Ben Oswald and Deb Merfeld. Music was provided by Pam Foley and Ryan Merfeld. Pallbearers were Stacy Bagley, Ben Oswald, Brian Dirks, Josh Oswald, Deanna Chorzempa and Heather Wilensky.
Rose was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Cascade, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Anna (Koob) Merfeld. She married Earl G. Oswald Sept. 6, 1951, in Cascade. Together they farmed in the Monticello area and later moved to the family farm in 1970. She worked hard at gardening as she raised her family. She also worked in the medical field in various positions for over 60 years. She was active politically as a member of the Democratic Party, and she enjoyed playing cards, Bingo, and visiting.
Survivors include six sons: Don (Nancy) Oswald, of Earlville, James, Leon, Dean (Lisa), Paul (Julie) and Ed Oswald, all of Monticello; four daughters: Ann (William) Buckner, of Monticello, Janet Fischer, of Oneida, Betty Bagley, of Mercer, MO, and Joan (Barney) Dirks, of Anamosa; a son-in-law, Joe Nosek, of Cedar Rapids; 28 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; siblings: Joseph Merfeld, of Cascade, Louis (Gladys) Merfeld, of Dubuque, Ann Gudenkauf, of Manchester, Theresa Drew, of Cascade, Allan (Bev) Merfeld, of Rockford, Ill.; in-laws: Cheryl Merfeld, of Rockford, Ill., Gerry Merfeld, of Benton Harbor, Mich., Kathleen Hunt of Hopkinton and AnnaBelle Oswald of Monticello.
Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl in 2001; a daughter, Lois Nosek; a son-in-law, John Bagley; a great grandson, Samuel Boehm; siblings: Carl (Peg) Merfeld, Francis and Robert Merfeld, Mary Margaret (Larry) Ahlers; in-laws: Dode Merfeld, Gerald Gudenkauf, Ralph Drew, Lloyd Oswald, Mary (Harold) Schneiter, Patricia (William) McDonell and Bob Hunt.