Rosemary Susanna (Wille) Menke, 92, of Dyersville, and formerly of Luxemburg, was called to heaven Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, at MercyOne Senior Care in Dyersville.
To honor Rosemary’s life, a Mass of Christian Burial was held at noon, Friday, Sept. 2, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville. Family and friends visited from 10 a.m. to noon at church prior to the funeral mass. Burial was in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Luxemburg.
Rosemary was born July 11, 1930, on the farm north of Guttenberg, to Leo and Susan (Meyers) Wille and was the second of six children. She attended the Clayton County Country School and St. Mary’s Catholic School in Guttenberg. She married Victor Menke, Sept. 12, 1950, in Guttenberg, and together they farmed south of Luxemburg and raised four children. In 1993 they retired to Dyersville. They were blessed with 59 years together before Vic preceded her to heaven in November of 2009.
Rosemary appreciated each day and spent her time making a happy home for her husband and children. She was a wiz in the kitchen, which always smelled of freshly baked cookies, pies or breads. Her down time was spent crocheting or quilting. She was very creative in quilts and doilies, which she made for every family member. Rosemary never went to visit empty handed. Bringing homemade baked goods and kind words in times of sympathy or congratulations or “just because,” that’s what she liked to do.
Rosemary was accepting of everyone because we were all God’s children. She could draw a person in to conversation and, within a very short time, you would have a new best friend. She loved playing cards and games. The words, “Who wants to play euchre?” were heard at every get-together. And she always loved to teach the little ones a new game, making sure that they won most of the time. Rosemary always pointed out the simple and beautiful things like a sunset, the smell of freshly cut hay or even the rainstorm that cancelled our afternoon at the pool but fed the thirsty crops.
Rosemary was generous with her time, as she was a member of the CD of A, Rosary Society, Xavier Church, Xavier Layette group and quilting groups of Dyersville and Luxemburg, volunteer aide at Mercy Senior Care for over 20 years and several card clubs. She was very devoted to the church and lived by God’s word every day. Since November 2019, she resided at Mercy Senior Care in Dyersville, where she made many new friends. She always showed her appreciation and thankfulness to all staff members for even the smallest thing they did for her.
Survivors include her children: Steven (Sandy) Menke of New Vienna, Janet (Mike) Tegeler and Judy Neuhaus, both of Manchester and Tim (Sue) Menke of Plano, Texas; grandchildren: Sara (Alan A.J.) Finzel, Travis Rausch, Megan Rausch, Mark (Jill) Tegeler, Jennifer (Jim) Harbach, Michelle (Jason) Maiers, Matt Neuhaus, Nathan (Sara) Neuhaus, Phil (Olivia) Neuhaus, Amy (Jeff) DeMoss, Holly (Aaron) Tucker, Nick Menke, Michael Menke; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings: Lorraine Burkle and Leona Berger; sister-in-law, Dorothy Wille and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Susie (Meyers) Wille; parents-in-law, Hugo and Hilda (Willenbring) Menke; her husband, Vic in 2009; son-in-law, Mike Neuhaus in 2016; siblings: Elizabeth (LaVern) Hoeger, Lawrence (Margie) Wille and Donald (JoAnn) Wille; in-laws: Tony (Rose) Menke, Al (Doris) Menke, Clara (Eldon) Steffensmeier and Bernie Burkle.
The family would like to thank Mercy Senior Care and Hospice of Dubuque staff for all your kindness and wonderful care provided to Rosemary. She made friends with all of you.
Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family and information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com. Online condolences and memorials may be sent to Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA 52040.