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