OBITUARY

Rosemary Josephine Holland

October 14, 1935January 28, 2019
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Rosemary Josephine Holland, 83, was born October 14, 1935, to Carl and Mercedes (Sarony) Anderson in Des Moines. She passed away Monday, January 28, 2019. Visitation will be at All Saints Parish on Friday, February 1st from 4-6:30 p.m., with a rosary following. Mass of Christian burial will be at All Saints Parish, Saturday, February 2nd at 10 a.m., with a luncheon following burial at Pine Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rosemary’s name may be given to a charity of your choosing.

Rosemary was united in marriage to Gerald Ray Holland on December 1, 1956, in Des Moines. Rosemary received her nursing degree from Mercy School of Nursing and later went on to Drake University to obtain her Bachelor of Arts. She enjoyed working in her rose garden, attending family functions and hosting family dinners.

Rosemary was very active with many organizations and volunteering in the community. Some of the organizations and volunteer work include: President of Nursing Association, Domestic Abuse Center Mentor, Book Program at Mitchellville Prison, Carver Volunteer Des Moines Public School Reading Mentor, IN Association Board of Trustee, Den Mother Cub Scouts, Public Policy Community of IA Nursing Association, Lobbyist of Nursing and Public Health at Capital; on the Board of Directors for Primary Heath Care, an Active Church member and Avid bridge player, volunteer for the Democrat Party Campaign and DMACC Advisory Board for Nursing.

Rosemary is survived by her husband of 62 years, Gerald Holland; children: Michael (Sandi) Holland, Gregory (Tracy) Holland, Mary (Jerry) Nybakken and Anne (Jeff) Townsend; her grandchildren, Cutler (Audrey), Trevor (Macy), Breanna, DeLaney, Walker Lee, Jacob (Destinee), Andrew (Allyssa), Audrey (Andrew), Blane and Sydney Rose; great-grandchildren, Adalynne, Berkley, Kodiak and Aurora. She is preceded in death by her grandson, Bryce John Holland.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Cutler Holland, Casket Bearer
  • Trevor Holland, Casket Bearer
  • Walker Lee Holland, Casket Bearer
  • Andrew Townsend, Casket Bearer
  • Blane Townsend, Casket Bearer
  • Andrew Smithson, Casket Bearer
  • Jacob Davey, Honorary Bearer

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Rosary Service Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 2, 2019
REMEMBERING

Rosemary Josephine Holland

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Mark Hampton

February 4, 2019

Prayers for my cousin Rosemary Holland, her husband and her children :
Matthew 5:4; John 14: 1-3

A truly caring person, a fine nurse, and a great mother with whom I enjoyed spending time.

Bob Russell

February 1, 2019

Greg, mine and Terri"s thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I know how you feel I've lost both my parents in the last few years. Just know that God has his hand upon your family and will comfort and give you guidance through this all.

Brian Clay

January 31, 2019

Words cannot describe how sorry I am for your loss. I will never forget what a great person Rosie was. Tom was much closer to all of you but she always made feel.like one of the family. Prayers to all of you and my deepest condolences.

Cathy Ritz Barnett

January 30, 2019

Delores Monroe referred me to Rosie to babysit with Mike and Greg when they were very small. One was still in a crib. My sister, Lori, also babysat with the little guys. Two years ago my husband and I move to Saylor Township and joined All Saints parish. Rosie was a Lecture at the 4:00 Mass and we chatted about me babysitting with her boys “a hundred years ago”. When I told her I had babysat for the boys, her comment was “And you survived!” She had a great smile and was just a friendly and kind woman. She was no bigger than a minute! Will miss you, Rosie! Rest In Peace. Condolences to Rosie’s family and all those who loved her. She will be greatly missed.

Libby Drew

January 30, 2019

I met Rosie when we were 13 at the 2nd Ave drugstore!! As time went on, we had 2 babies in the same day!!
We attended Drake switching rides with each other ( saving money)!
Then I asked her to teach my friends and me how to play Bridge!! We were all SO excited!! After 4/5 months of lessonsRosie wanted out!! She cane to class prepared to break the news to us !!
But when she saw us , she couldn’t do it!! She liked us !!! This relationship has lasted from 1976 to this day in 2019!! I will miss her!! My family also had good memories of her ! There will never be another Rosie!! Libby Drew

Connie Hiatt

January 30, 2019

Rosemary was one of my mother's best friends!! (Libby Drew) I remember the bridge group ladies gathering in my home when I was a young girl. Rosemary had a very loud voice and she laughed a lot!! She brought a lot fun and warmth into the house!! I knew when I got older I would definitely have friends like my mom's!!! I worked with Rosemary when I became a nurse at VNS. She was very sweet to her patients and they all loved her!!! We will all miss her greatly!!! Heaven has a wonderful and fun lady joining them!!!


Love & Prayers,

Connie Hiatt

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