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ARMENTROUT, Rosemary C. (Schueller) 1924-2013


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 1/11/2014 at 21:55:03

[Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Wednesday, 18, 2013]

Rosemary Armentrout, 89, of Waterloo, passed away on Sept. 12, 2013, at Woodland Retirement Community, Olympia, Wash.

Rosemary was born in Dubuque on April 12, 1924, to Andrew and Marie (Pohlman) Schueller. She graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy, Dubuque, in 1942, and moved to Waterloo. She immediately began work at the John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works as a secretary in the purchasing department.

It was at John Deere that she met her future husband, Donald H. Armentrout, who was working as a clerk in the purchasing department at the time. The two corresponded continuously during the three and a half years that Donald was stationed in the Pacific during World War II. Upon his return from the war, they were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Waterloo, on Aug. 10, 1946. She and Donald raised three sons together and guided them all through Columbus High School and graduation from the University of Iowa. Rosemary and Donald celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary together on Aug. 10, 2012, before Donald’s passing in January of this year.

During her life, Rosemary was committed first and foremost to her husband and to her family.

She enjoyed attending University of Iowa Hawkeye football games with her husband and they were both excellent bridge players. Her home was adorned with beautiful counted cross stitch pieces that she made and framed over the past 30 years. She thoroughly loved live theater and was a long-time season ticket holder at the Waterloo Community Theater. Even well into her 80s she continued her tradition of making homemade peanut brittle and popcorn balls at Christmas and sending them to her grandchildren. She followed politics and current events closely and enjoyed going to meet the candidates when they came to Waterloo.

Rosemary was an active member of St. Edward’s Parish for 55 years and an avid Chicago Cubs baseball fan. Until recently, she resided for six years at Landmark Commons, Waterloo, where she has a good number of friends.

Rosemary is survived by her three sons, Gary (Laura) of St. Louis, Lary (Cheri) of Eagan, Minn., and Jeffrey (Dixie) of Olympia; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her sister, Marlene Schueller OSF of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Doris; her brother, Merlin; and her husband, Donald.

Services will be held at 10:30 a. m. Friday, Sept. 20, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery. There will be a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. following the services at Landmark Commons at 1400 MaxHellen Blvd. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on Ridgeway Avenue, Waterloo. There will be a rosary at 4 p. m. Visitation will continue at the church for one hour before services.

Memorials may be directed to St. Edward’s Catholic Church.


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