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Rose Njus

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Rose Marie Ann 'Rose' Njus age 69 of Lawler, IA, died Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton, under the care of St. Croix Hospice from complications of cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler with Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the Mass. Interment will be held in the church cemetery with Dennis Njus, Robert Martinek, Wayne Mlady, Tim Njus, Don Blazek Jr, and Doug Schueth serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Roses' grandchildren: Chandler, Dillon, Tanner, Lydia, and Elaina; Hole in the Wall coffee friends, and Thursday night card players. Friends may greet the family 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Lawler where there will be a 4 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Saturday. Rose Marie Ann Njus was born October 12, 1947, in Cresco, IA, the daughter of Clarence and Gertrude (Bartosh) Martinek. She was baptized on November 9, 1947, and received First Communion on May 22, 1955, at Assumption Church in Cresco. She was confirmed in her faith on March 30, 1958, at St. Patrick's Church in Cedar Falls. Rose attended elementary schools in Cresco, Hawkeye, Cedar Falls, and graduated from 8th grade at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School in 1961 in Lawler. She graduated from Turkey Valley Community School in May, 1965, as Valedictorian. On June 13, 1969, she graduated from Winona State College with a Bachelor of Science teaching degree in English, Speech, and Physical Education. Rose taught 7th grade English at Oelwein in 1969-1970. In 1970, she worked for LOOK magazine in Des Moines as a secretary in the Customer Service Department. In 1971, she taught High School English in Rockwell. On April 22, 1972 Rose married Vern L. Njus at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Lawler; to this union four children were born: Scott, 1973; Allen, 1975; Donald (D.J.), 1977; and Rhonda, 1981. The couple moved to their farm three miles north of Lawler in April, 1973. While Vern farmed, custom farmed, drove school bus, built their new home in 1974, had a repair shop and owned and operated a bulk gas truck from 1977 - 1990, and rebuilt cars from 1991 to March, 1994, Rose worked as a teachers' aide at Turkey Valley from August 1973 until May 1977; she then became a full-time stay-at-home mom, bookkeeper, receptionist, farmer, car detailer, and truck driver. She also taught 2nd & 3rd grade religion class from 1988 to 1991. Vern suffered a massive stroke on March 6, 1994. Vern, Rose & Rhonda moved into Lawler in October of 1995. In June of 1997 Rose began working at Schueth Ace Hardware in New Hampton. Rose was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2007. Rose was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Lawler, the Parish Society, and the Catholic Daughters. Rose absolutely enjoyed helping people at Ace and making new friends. She began most days having coffee and a roll with Carla and the others at the Hole In The Wall. She enjoyed playing Euchre whenever she could, especially on Thursday nights. She loved being outside playing in the dirt; sharing her potato and strawberry crop with family and friends brought her great joy. She loved to read, and her day always ended with reading the newspaper. But most of all, Rose enjoyed spending precious time with her children and grandchildren. Rose is survived by her four children and their families; Scott (Jess) Njus and their son, Chandler of Fredericksburg, IA, Allen (Sarah) Njus and their daughters, Lydia & Elaina of Pearland, TX, D.J. (Jodi) Njus and their sons, Dillon & Tanner of New Hampton, IA, Rhonda (Mike) Travers of Mason City, IA; one sister, Doris (Frankie) Kizer of Bradford, TN; aunt, Theona Mlady of Cresco, IA; uncle, Gene (Sally) Bartosh of Moline, IL; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lyle (Bernette Njus of Lawler, IA, and Orlo (Joannie) Njus of Waverly, IA; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern on April 21, 2008; father, Clarence on February 27, 1980; mother, Gertrude on February 27, 1987.

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  1. 0ur thoughts and prayers go out to your family your pain is gone God bless you and your families Gary and Jill Lynch

  2. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Njus family! Rose was a hard working lady and loved to visit!

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Rose’s family.enjoy joyed visiting with her. Dean and Judy Speicher

  4. Our deepest symphathy to her family. She was a sweet lady and talked about her children all the time. Rose was very helpful at ACE hardware ensuring we were spending our last nickel there. ‘I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard ‘Can I help you find something Roger?’

  5. My sympathies to all of Rose’s family. John and I visited Rose in the nursing home recently and she was having a really good day. I will have that really nice visit to remember her by. RIP

  6. My sympathy to Rose’s family. She was such a nice lady and so helpful and friendly in Schueth’s Hardware store. She always had a smile and a kind word. God rest her soul.

  7. Our sympathy is offered to the family of Rose. She fought a strong battle with cancer and won for a long rime. Rose always had a smile even though some days were tough, giving others a reason to smile. We lost another good person. RIP Rose, you will be missed.

  8. Our condolences to Rose’s family. What a special lady Rose was. She was so helpful when assisting us at Schueth’s. Always appreciated her advice and knowledge, her friendly greetings, and speedy service. She was truly a gem. Will miss her and that contagious smile that she always had. RIP Rose.

  9. Although I didn’t know Rose well, I remember that she always had a smile even though she was going through tough times with her cancer. She was a sweetie!

  10. My sympathy and prayers are with all of Rose’s family. Rose was such a special lady, always so warm and friendly. I feel blessed that I was able to spend a little time with her. May she rest in peace in her heavenly home.

  11. This news makes me SO sad:( It doesn’t seem that long ago I had coffee with Rose, Karen Huber, and Carol Bohaty at the ‘Hole in the Wall’. What a neat gal; the world lost a good one. Thoughts, hugs, and prayers to all the Njus’s. Joanna (Lee) VanDeBerg

  12. Rose was such a kind and friendly neighbor, always willing to help. She will be missed. Our sympathy to her family as you are in our prayers. Debi and Tim Speltz

  13. My deepest sympathy to Roses’ family and friends, I wasn’t expecting to see her obit. notice this morning and didn,t know her health was failing her. I always visited with her at Schueths when she was still there. . Sincerely, Linda Stolfus

  14. I am sorry to hear about Rose. She always had a beautiful smile and was so pleasant to visit with. I remember one time when she was a patient in Allen hospital, she was walking the halls and I ran into her, we had such a nice visit. She certainly knew what she was doing at Schueth Hardware. She helped me figure how much weed killer I needed for my lawn and we had such a fun time doing it together. She will be missed. Sandy Jaschen

  15. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Rose was always that ‘helpful smile in every aisle’ at Schueth Hardware and she will be missed by many!!

  16. Rose was an icon to Schueth hardware and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. She was always so nice to visit with when I shopped at Ace. She was a great lady.

  18. Very sorry to hear of Rose’s fight with cancer & death. Ten years is a long time to fight; such a strong lady! Rose & Vern were good neighbors to me for a short time when I lived in Lawler. Vern loved to mow my lawn! Rose always had smile for everyone at Ace Hardware as well. Blessed be.

  19. Rose always had a smile and was cheerful when you met her. May her memories fill your hearts today. All my thoughts and prayers. Jeanne Roder

  20. We will always remember Rose when she worked for us at the Brite Spot. Her upbeat battle with cancer has been an inspiration. Russ and Margaret O’Donnell

  21. My sympathies to Rose’s family. I am sorry to hear of your loss. Rose and Vern were great neighbors and helped my folks our a lot, and for that I was always grateful. She was a kind and generous soul and she fought a tough battle to cancer. May she rest in peace.

  22. She was a very special lady with a warm smile and always willing to help you while working at Scheuth’s. So sorry for your loss. Mary Jo Ries

  23. Your Slack & Company Family purchased the Pink Potpourri Bouquet for the family of Rose Marie Ann Njus.

  24. Sending our sympathy to Rose’s family. Rose and I were teacher associates together at Turkey Valley School in the 1973 and 1974 school years. We have remained friends since then. Rose was always pleasant and so nice to work with. She fought a very long and courageous battle with cancer. Through it all, she was always smiling. Our thoughts are with you in the sad loss of your mother. Sharla and Vic Fencl

  25. Rose was the smartest person in the Turkey Valley class of 1965. She always had a smile for everyone. She will always be remembered God bless you Rose. Glenn Blong Class of ’65

  26. We became acquainted with Rose when she began at Schueths. She was warm, friendly, helpful & always with a smile & sense of humor. We always looked forward to have her help us!! We send our sincere sympathy to her family & prayers for their comfort. Dr. Richard & Brita Reams


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