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Rose Edson

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Rose Mary Edson age 83 of Nashua, IA, died Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at Linn Haven Rehabilitation and Healthcare in New Hampton. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 10, 2015, at Republic Community Church, rural Nashua with Rev. John Tunnicliff and Bill Griffee presiding. Interment will be held in Greenwood Cemetery, Nashua with Bryan Becker, Bryce Becker, Brady Becker, Andrew Edson, Jonathan Gerzema, and Brent Gerzema serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Theresa Sult, Suzanne Case, Jennifer Gerzema, Kristin Soland, and Britta Becker. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2015, at Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Rose Mary Edson was born July 20, 1932, in rural Chickasaw County, IA, the daughter of Harvey and Agnes (Jermier) Wilson. She attended country schools in rural Chickasaw County, and was a 1950 graduate of Nashua High School. Rose Mary was united in marriage to Lynn Edson on September 16, 1951, at the Nashua United Methodist Church. To this union, three children; Mary Lynn, Lynda, and David were born. Rose Mary and Lynn moved to the family farm where they spent the next 62 years of their lives raising their family, working side by side, and enjoying the fruits of their labor. For many years, they clerked local auctions under the name of E & M Clerking. Rose Mary was a pillar at the Republic Community Church, where she taught Sunday School, decorated for church events, participated in women’s group and choir, and used her beautiful penmanship to take care of the memorial book. Rose Mary enjoyed cooking, canning, baking pies and bread, decorating, and crafts. She was fond of traveling, and in their later years, she and Lynn spent winters in Texas and summers on the lake in Minnesota. She cherished time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rose Mary is survived by her husband of 64 years, Lynn; three children, Mary Lynn (Dean) Gerzema of Buffalo Center, Lynda (Robert Jr.) Becker of Swaledale, David (Connie) Edson of Ionia; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Dorothy Chambers of Charles City. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Harvey Eugene Jr. Wilson; two sisters, Marie Chambers and Georgie Hicok; three brother-in-laws, Forrest Chambers, Raymond Chambers, and Gerald Hicok.

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  1. Lynn and family-our hearts are heavy losing a most beautiful friend for so many years and our love and thoughts are with you all. What a beautiful person RoseMary was and loved her dearly-what great memories we shared in Texas and having parties together and Lynn singing in choir-what fun time we had. Always could count on RoseMary send-ing such beautiful and meaningful cards for birthdays and anniversaries. You have meant a lot to us and will cherish our memories forever. May God give you strength Lynn and family for each day at this difficult time. God’s blessings to you! Orlyn and Alice

  2. Please accept my sincere sympathy, Lynn. You and Rose Mary were always valued friends. My best wishes to you at this sad time. Ben Ryan

  3. I have so many fond memories of Rosemary she was such a wonderful person! After grandma died she made sure to send me letters from time to time. So thoughtful and sweet ! She will be missed dearly! Sending prayers and hugs to you all! Tracy Lechtenberg

  4. I am sending my love and prayers to Rose Mary’s family. She was such a beautiful lady, always full of grace, and never without her radiant smile. She was kind and she was such a pillar of the Republic Community congregation. I have fond memories of Rose Mary and her family from my youth. She was always in the kitchen, or teaching Sunday school, or helping with Bible school. May you be assured that she touched so many lives. Lynn, you have been a rock for her and your marriage has been an inspiration for others. You loved each other and cared for each other so well. With love and my deepest sympathy. But know she is smiling down on you. Peace, Jill and Rich Ross and family.

  5. Lynn and family you are in my thoughts at this time. Your guarding angel could not endure the suffering any longer, so our loving Heavenly Father took her home. Be assured she will be with you every day in your thoughts. I will never forget her beautiful smile and kindness to me. You have my deepest sympathy. May it comfort you to know that so many care. Thoughts and prayers. Evelyn Kahn

  6. To all of Rose Mary’s family-You have my sincere sympathy in your loss. I have wonderful memories of my childhood and the Republic Church, and what a wonderful family the Edsons were. You have many wonderful memories to hold close in the coming days and weeks.

  7. We will always remember Rose Mary for her warm smile and her friendly ways. She was brave and tough for all the years she fought health problems. I am afraid I could not have lasted a very long time. Lynn, you are to be commended for the kind loving care and support you gave. We send our condolences for your loss to the whole family. Ralph and Shirley Feuchtwanger and Family

  8. Our memories of Rose Mary are ones of a very kind lady. I remember how much she enjoyed having us over to their home when we were in Highschool. Lynn and she raised three great children, with Mary Lynn being one of my best friends. Her quiet demeanor and warm smile will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her entire family at this time of loss. Slim and Mary Schroeder

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