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Rosemary Ellen (Owens) Pope, 09 May 1943 - 01 May 2022


Posted By: Sarah Witte (email)
Date: 5/12/2022 at 14:20:23

Rosemary Ellen Pope, age 78 of Marengo, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2022 at St. Luke’s Unity Point, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Friday May 6, 2022, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo with Rev. Anni Thorn officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, May 5, 2022, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.

Rosemary is survived by her children, John (Dawn) Pope of Deep River, James Lee (Cathi) Pope of Garden Grove, CA, and Julie Lynn (Larry) Steen of Webster; eight grandchildren, Jack Steen of Knoxville, Jordon Van Kooten (Josh) of Leighton, Jessika Thomas (Andrew) of Williamsburg, Jennifer Boelen (Teun) of Ankeny, Justin Pope (Amanda) of Rockwell City, Rhonda Hoyt (Jason) of Elberon, Bethany Cheney (Tim) of Victor and Kori Pope of Virginia; and seventeen great-grandchildren with one due to arrive in June. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Shirley Owens and Judy Owens.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Mary Owens, and three siblings, Hugh Owens, Robert Owens and Margaret Knapp.

Rosemary Ellen Owens was born May 9, 1943 in Williamsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Hugh Kilgore Owens and Mary Briney Owens. She attended the Williamsburg rural schools and graduated from Williamsburg High School with the class of 1961. She received her nursing degree from Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids.

Rosemary was united in marriage to Lloyd Paul Pope on December 15, 1962 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Williamsburg. The couple later divorced. Lloyd died in June of 1996.

Rosemary worked as an RN at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City for 27 years. She served as an Iowa County Hospice nurse for 5 years, was the Director of Nursing with Colonial Manor of Amana and lastly a staff nurse with the English Valley Care Center, retiring from there.

Rosemary enjoyed Bingo every Wednesday night at the Marengo Legion Hall. She also loved to go to the casinos with Marge and Louie. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and the numerous get togethers. Rosemary was a warm and caring person, she had an open-door policy at her home, had a “heart of gold” and it showed. She will be missed by her family and all who knew here.

Published in The Hometown Current on May 11, 2022.


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