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Rose A. Geelan 1918-2012

December 11, 2012
Emmetsburg News

RUTHVEN -- A Mass of Christian Burial for Rose A. Geelan was held Saturday, Dec. 8, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ruthven. The Rev. Clem Currans and the Rev. Tom Geelan were concelebrants.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Ruthven. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven was in charge of arrangements.

Rose Agnes (Antoine) Geelan, daughter of Fred and Salome (Colin) Antoine, was born Jan. 20, 1918 in Ayrshire. She began her education at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Ayrshire and graduated from Ayrshire High School. She furthered her education at Cedar Falls where she became a teacher. She taught from 1935 through the spring of 1946, in country school, and Ayrshire Public School.

On June 4, 1946 Rose was united in marriage to Raymond Geelan at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ayrshire. To this union three children were born.

Rose was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a member of Ladies Guild. She was also a member of the Ruthven American Legion Auxiliary and Ruthven Women's Club.

Rose and Ray moved from the family farm into Ruthven in 1980. After retiring from farming, they enjoyed many winters in Southern Texas.

Rose passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at the Ruthven Community Care Center at the age of 94.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond Geelan; sisters, Sister Salome, Catherine Schade, Salome Currans, Teresa Graff, and Alice Schuller; and brothers, Joe, Clem, Jim and Fritz Antoine.

She is survived by her children, Mike (Rosemary) Geelan of Ruthven, Joe (Susan) Geelan of Marian, and Winnifred (Keith) Potthoff of Carroll; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grand- children; sister-in-law, Mary Kirschbaum of Ayrshire; nieces and nephews.

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