Rosemary "Rosie" Albenesius, 74, of Sioux City, IA passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at a local hospital, surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Jackson, NE. Burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery in South Sioux City, NE. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a rosary/scriptural wake service at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, June 5, 2017 at St. Patrick's Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City, NE.
Rosie was born on February 14, 1943 (Valentine's Baby) in Sioux City, IA, the daughter of Emmett and Ione (Phelps) Albenesius. She attended elementary school at Brushy Bend in rural Dakota City, graduated from South Sioux City High School and Wayne State Teacher's College. Rosie taught Kindergarten in the Omaha Public School District for 39 years. After her retirement, she moved back to Sioux City to be closer to her family.
She was a member of the National Education Association and Omaha Teacher's Union. Her heart always belonged to her home church, St. Patrick's in Jackson.
Her nieces and nephews were the love of her life, along with her school children. She cherished receiving letters from former students who shared with her how she had made a difference in their lives. She loved to cook, savored a good meal, and genuine conversation around the table. Rosie loved holidays, especially Christmas, when the family made peanut brittle (a Christmas tradition). Her family celebrated "Rosie's Christmas Feast" on Christmas Eve at Grandma and Grandpa Albenesius'. She also enjoyed ceramics and playing Bingo.
Survivors include her brother, Emmett (Carol) Albenesius of Dakota City, NE; nieces and nephews, Chris (Beth) Vos and their sons, Jonathon and Caleb, Tonia (Troy) Emmons and their children, Trevon, Tori, Travis and Tyler, Danies Lundquist and her children, Makayla and Derek, Veronica (Jeff) Schmidt and their children, Brent and Brooklynn, Amanda (Mike) Husmann and their daughters, Abigail, Shaylee and Briella, Angela (Troy) Plueger and their daughters, Maya and Adalynn "Addy", Laura (Mick) Lockert and their children, Carter and Caitlin, Eric (Meghan) Albenesius and their sons, Leo and Jack, Brian Albenesius and his girlfriend, Sara Tvrdy, Kevin Albenesius, and Scott Albenesius.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Emmett and Ione Albenesius; siblings Darlene (Frank) Vos and Dee Retland; as well as aunts, uncles and grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for designations to be made at a later time.
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