January 6, 1928 – July 7, 2019
Rose Lebsack (Roth), age 91, of Timnath, Colorado, passed away July 7, 2019 at home.
A memorial service and reception will be held Tuesday, July 16th at 11:00am at Allnutt, 650 West Drake Road, Fort Collins, Colorado 80526.
Rose Lebsack was born January 6, 1928 in Minatare, Nebraska. She was one of eight children and was raised on a farm in Western Nebraska. When her family moved to Portland, Oregon she got a job as a seamstress at Jantzen Knitting Mill where she sewed bathing suits. Her speed was impressive and she set new, faster standards for the entire mill. Her affinity for sewing carried through the years as she spent time sewing blankets, pillows, Barbie and doll clothes and other items for her children and grandchildren. Along with sewing, she enjoyed playing the accordion and organ—learning songs by ear—singing, playing Pinochle, and spending time with her family.
Not only did Rose set new standards in her sewing career, she brought an important outlook to the jobs she held: kindness. After Jantzen, she worked in hospital admitting in Idaho, Wyoming and later retiring from Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado as a Quality Assessment Specialist. She was quoted saying that people often came to the hospital because they had to, making them cranky, and she would approach them with kindness to help take the “rough edge off.” Her candor and sense of others is one of many legacies she will leave behind.
Rose met her late husband, LeRoy Lebsack, through his sister, and although they lived in separate states in the beginning of their courtship (her in Oregon and him in Wyoming) they wrote letters back and forth until she moved to Wyoming. They were married November 13, 1949 on a family farm in Torrington, Wyoming. Together they had five children: Stephen, Jennifer, Gary, Bryan and Sandy. Rose spent the last four years of her life with her family, living with her youngest daughter, Sandy and her husband, Dr. Scott Anderson, where she often said she was "treated like a queen."
Rose was grateful for the blessed life she lived. In her final days, she spoke of the Good Lord coming to take her hand to lead her home. He did just that on the day she passed.
Rose will be remembered as the thread that knit the family together; always ensuring everyone knew how much they were loved. Her home was the hub where family gatherings, holidays and celebrations always took place. She was a generous mother and grandmother who loved her family. Traveling was a great joy in her life: if the car was leaving, she was ready to go! She loved the ride and would often point out the specific crops along the road as they passed.
Her husband proceeded her in death 23 years ago, as have two of her brothers and three of her sisters. She is survived by her sister: Bertha Faust (Roth) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and her brother: Bob Roth of Portland, Oregon. She also leaves behind her children: Stephen and wife, Debra Lebsack; Jennifer Lebsack; Gary Lebsack; Bryan and wife, Lora Lebsack; and Sandy and husband, Dr. Scott Anderson along with her seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, in memory of those Rose loved, that have battled Alzheimer's. Contributions may be made in care of Allnutt Drake Chapel, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins.
- Alzheimer's Association
Allnutt Drake Chapel
650 W. Drake Road
Reception Following the Service
Allnutt Drake Chapel Reception Center
650 W. Drake Road
Mary Alice Bruce
July 14, 2019
So sorry to learn of the passing of your mother, Jennifer. I know how much you treasured your time together and losing that person who loves us unconditionally is so painful. Thinking of you and sending hugs of love to you.
July 13, 2019
Steve, Jennifer, Gary, Bryan, and Sandy,
I wanted to send my condolences to the passing of Aunt Rose. I just wanted to let you know my thoughts are with you. Even though she lived a long and happy life, it still is difficult not to have them with you.
J R Sandoval
July 13, 2019
Just want to let Steve and Gary as well as the rest of the family know my thoughts are with them. In a flashback to Laramie in the 1970s -your Mother was a kind and gentle soul and she took so much pride in her family. She lived a long life and lived life well. Take care.
Arnie and Wanda Willems
July 12, 2019
We are so sorry to read of your mother's passing in the Boomerang this morning. We know you were a caregiver for your mother and very close to her. Times like this are very difficult for the family. You have all our sympathy.
Arnie and Wanda
July 11, 2019
Grandma has been a few things to me. When I was a child, I recognized that she would affirm me. I drew her teddy bears with pink bows (her favorite animal and color, ha!), and she always loved them.
She was meticulous with laundry. Her beds were always perfectly made with ironed sheets that smelled amazing. She was gentle to me when she insisted on ironing the clothes I was wearing. She then returned them with an approving nod. "Don't you think that looks better?"
I know that Grandma loved every person in her family. She welcomed all of my babies as precious. I was always amazed as she carried on her side of a full conversation with a tiny infant.
Most significantly, was her commitment to prayer. She explained it to me one day in her living room when I was visiting with a baby. She spent devoted time each day asking God to care for all of her children, their spouses, grandchildren, their spouses and great grandchildren.
Her legacy as I see it, is her well-loved family.