Rose M. Imholte, 97 of Watkins, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2020 at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with interment in the St. Anthony Cemetery. Fr. Brian Mandel will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the St. Anthony Parish Center in Watkins. Visitation will continue from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the parish center. Arrangements are with the Ertl Funeral Home, Watkins.
Rose M. Imholte was born on October 15, 1922 in Dresden, North Dakota. She was the daughter of John and Margaret (Schafer) Hiltner. She attended St. Alphonse High School in Langdon, North Dakota and graduated in 1941. On October 2, 1947, Rose was united in marriage to Jerome Imholte at St. Alphonse Catholic Church in Langdon. They farmed at Clear Lake, Minnesota for three years before moving to a farm south of Watkins where they farmed until Jerome’s retirement in 1980. Rose was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins and was active with the Christian Mothers, Catholic Aid Association and the Catholic Order of Foresters. She was also a member of the Wat-Kim-Valley VFW Auxiliary Post #5460. Her hobbies included fishing, sewing, baking and canning, gardening, reading, playing cards and raising baby chicks. Family was very important to Rose and she enjoyed playing with the grandchildren.
Rose is survived by her children, Bernard (Bea) Imholte of St. Joseph, Dennis (Lois) Imholte of Eden Valley, Margaret Heiser of Winsted, Theresa (Howard) Benson of Grove City, LuAnn (Robert) Gunderson of Star, Idaho, Wayne (Mary Ann) Imholte of Clearwater, Donna (Stephen) Deutsch of Watkins, Dorothy (Terry) Bernardy of Little Falls, Leon (Jean) Imholte of Corinth, Texas, Barbara (Kevin) Hess of Eagle Bend, Alvin (Michelle) Imholte of Jordan; son-in-law, Jeff (Susan) Wheeler of Montrose; special daughter, Silvia (Hans Peter) Wirtz of Germany; 42 grandchildren and 60 great grandchildren; sister, Rita Uhrich of Langdon, North Dakota.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Margaret Hiltner; husband, Jerome; daughter, Kathleen Wheeler; son-in-law Wayne Heiser; grandson, Mike Imholte; great grandson, Benjamin Solvie; 12 brothers and sisters.
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