Rose Bea Siemann


On March 4, 1924, Rose Bea Conner was born at home to Frank and Melissa Moore Conner of Churdan, IA, joining her cherished older sister, Catherine Hazel, on the homestead farm northeast of Churdan. Rose Bea attended Hyland School #2 and Churdan High School.  With Hazel on the violin and Rose Bea on the piano, they played for dances, anniversaries, parties, and local events.  Through the mentorship of young Doctor Phillips Lohr, M.D., she received her Registered Nurse Degree from St. Anthony School of Nursing in Carroll, IA in 1945.

By this time, her sweetheart, John L. Siemann, had finally returned from WWII; they became engaged, with Rose Bea insisting that they wait one more year before marriage while she began her nursing career at Mercy Hospital in Ft. Dodge. On September 10, 1946, they wed in St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan.  The couple moved to the rented 240 acre farmstead between Lohrville and Churdan, 2 miles straight north of Adaza.  That farm became the home of the couple and their five children until they moved to Jefferson in 1969.

Rose Bea’s roles of wife, mother, and farmer are well known in her rural community; her life’s work of nursing brought healing, hope, compassion, and peace to patients, family, staff, and authorities alike. She worked wards, floor, surgery, long term, inservice, emergency room, o.b., home care, etc.  She helped establish cardiac units in hospitals throughout west central IA.  When Rose Bea reached eighty years of age, John said, “Enough nursing.”

Rose Bea is survived by her five children: Thomas (Tom) of Carroll, IA and Mary Schachtlie of Des Moines, John (Johnny) and Linda, of Kansas City, MO, Mary Elizabeth (Mary Beth) Siemann of Cedar Rapids, IA, Margaret McDermott and Paul, of Fort Madison, IA, and Michael (Mike) of Terrell, TX. Rose Bea is also cherished by seven grandchildren, eight greatgrandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren, with one on the way.  Additionally, she is the well-loved aunt and cousin of many.

Rose Bea is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sister, several nieces, a nephew, and many cousins, etc.

Rose Bea Siemann

1924 – 2019

Visitation: Tuesday, January 29, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.,                                         Vigil Service – 6:15 p.m. Brown Funeral Home, Jefferson, IA

Wednesday, January 30, 9:15 a.m.    – 10:15 p.m.  St.Columbkille Church, Churdan, IA

Mass of Christian Funeral: Wednesday, January 30, 10:30 a.m.                         St.Columbkille Church

Burial: Wednesday, January 30, following the Mass, St.Patrick Church          Cemetery, Cedar Township, Greene County, IA

Funeral Luncheon: Immediately following burial, St.Columbkille                                     Parish Hall


Priest: Rev. Steve Brodersen

Cantor: Greg Carey

Organist: Michelle Fields

First Reader: Mary Cheboski

Second Reader: Amy Linden

Petitions: Family member

Gifts: Great-grandchildren Marian and Peter Weeks

Pall Bearers                                                           Honorary Pall Bearers

David Anderson                                                   James Eichied                                Kathryn Anderson                                   Dennis Hendricks                                  Leo Anderson                                                       Paul McDermott                                      Jon Linden                                                          Mike Schultz                                                        John Siemann                                                      Gerald Wright                                    Mike Siemann                                                                                                                     Tom Siemann

10 thoughts on “Rose Bea Siemann

  1. Mary Ann Roper Erickson

    So sorry to hear of Rose Bea’s passing. I have fond memories of her and her entire family. I am so glad I got to see her briefly at church a few months ago

  2. Bill & Frances Lawson

    We send our sympathy & prayers to Rose Bea’s family. She & John were dear friends of my parents, Gertrude & Frank Walter, and I always enjoyed visiting with her through the years. She was the sweetest gal!

    Frances & Bill Lawson

  3. Martha Murphy Helin

    My condolences to the Siemann family.
    Your mother was a gentle soul, always so kind to mine. The two of them and my Aunt Regina shared a lovely, lively friendship. I can almost hear their laughter now.
    My heart is with you as you grieve your mother’s passing.
    Martha Murphy Helin

  4. Linda Glawe

    Love this lady so much. One of the best nurses I have had the privilege to work with. She taught me so much about caring and compassion. My prayers to all of her wonderful family in their loss. Linda Glawe

  5. LoDeene Glawe

    I was blessed to have worked with Rose B as a nurse. She cared for many who could not care for themselves. Her patience, gentleness and kind words I will always remember.

  6. Don and Jean Feldmann

    Just heard this news, Rose Bea was one of my favorite ladies. She always had a kind heart and a strong spirit. Heaven surely gained an angel. Many treasured memories for family to hold close.

  7. Frank Walter

    Rose Bea was always such a fun , energetic person from the time I knew her when I was 5 or 6 years old as a neighbor down on the farm near Churdan to mid 60′s while teaching her children at LHS . She was so supportive of me as a teacher. We are very sorry for your loss! God bless , you , her family .
    Frank and Lucille Walter , Cedar Falls

  8. Patrick Cavanaugh

    On behalf of my mother Edythe Cavanaugh: I send my heartfelt sympathies to Rose Bea’s family. She was a good friend and, over the past several years, a reliable correspondent with me. I appreciated her regular letters with news from Iowa.

  9. Jerry and Shari Everhart

    We were sorry to learn of the passing of your mother and extend our sincere sympathy to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come.

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