Rose Marie Arndt

February 21, 1928December 21, 2012

Salem, Oregon ~ Rose Marie Arndt (O'Keefe) passed away Friday, December 21, 2012 peacefully with her loving family around her. She was born February 21, 1928, in Wadena, MN to Thomas and Betty O'Keefe.

A true Matriarch, a loving mother of 7 Children, A loving Grandmother of 13 Children and a loving Great Grandmother of 13 Children. Rose Arndt was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Arndt; her son, Donald Arndt; her sister, Betty Gullickson; her brother, Robert O'Keefe; her sister, Mary Anne Hansberry; and her sister, Janet Wilder.

Rose Arndt is survived by her loving children, Barbra Braucht; Robert Arndt; David Arndt; Mary Zarate; Joseph Arndt; and John Arndt. Rose Arndt is survived by her pet, Sir Golden Wealth, "GOLDIE" who remained a true friend and provided an everlasting amount of love.

Rose Arndt met her husband Clarence Arndt in 1945 and they moved to Salem, Oregon in 1952 to make Salem their permanent residence to raise their loving family. Rose was an entrepreneur with a passion for the culinary arts, Rose served for two decades as President of the SWBA, Rose also served on many Boards throughout Salem as Director and as President.

Rose had a love for a game of "Texas Hold'em" or a night out with her friends and family to play Bingo. Rose was active even in her later years hosting and attending one of Salem's longest running Bunko Groups, truly enjoying life! Rose was a true philanthropist, redefining the word "Charity" making sure no one ever went without, her dining table always had a chair available for anyone who wanted to stop by and enjoy her culinary talents.

Please celebrate the life of Rose Marie Arndt with her family and friends on Sunday December 30, 2012 at 10am at Howell Edwards Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Home. Rose has requested in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Vincent dePaul Parish Community at 1010 Columbia Street, N.E. Salem, Oregon 97301 (503) 363-4589


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, December 30, 2012

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Tami Shobe Mitchell

January 9, 2013

I was so sorry to hear about Rosie's passing. The Arndt family was a big part of my childhood. I remember all of you fondly, and especially your mom. I'm so sorry for your loss.

January 9, 2013

Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family...

Mark Shobe and family

Justin Zarate

January 3, 2013

Forever in my heart could not have asked for a better mother in law of 22 years.

Mary Zarate

January 2, 2013

Thank you to all that attended the celebration of life for our mother Rose, she would be touched by the fond memories and all of the family and friends that gathered together to celebrate in her memory. Forever in our hearts, love you mom...Mary Lou, Barbara, John, Joey, Dave and Bob.

December 30, 2012

I am so very sorry for your family's loss. May you find comfort in each other at this difficult time. Such a wonderful family.
Colleen Standing

Nathan & Jill McClenny

December 30, 2012

Joe our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mom was a wonderful lady, thank you for letting us get to know her.

Mary Ellen Merry Spies

December 29, 2012

I'm sure she will leave a lasting smile on Salem and all who knew her.

Mary Ellen Jonette Scott Carol Merry Family

December 29, 2012

Rosie will forever be an endearing memory of my childhood years, a wonderful neighbor and friend to my mom Paula Merry. I remember her as a great bowler, fantastic cook, having an infectious laugh and a way of bringing people together.

I wish I could be there on Sunday but I will be performing a wedding ceremony. I know she will

Hal Van Ortwick

December 29, 2012

I worked for Rose back when she managed the restaurant at Town & Country Lanes. She was a great manager and a fine lady, she always gave me some good advice and taught me some good values, she treated as if I were one of her own boy's in a sense. My heartfelt condolences to the Arndt family and God speed Rose!

Savanna Zarate

December 28, 2012

You were a blessing to have as my grandmother. I will always hold those memories close to my heart. I love you and miss you a bunch but I know your looking down on me.