Rosella Westendorf

            Rosella Westendorf, daughter of Dick and Florence Folkers Buss, was born June 24, 1937, at Hampton, Iowa. She graduated from Hampton High School in 1955, and attended Ellsworth Junior College in Iowa Falls for one year.

            On January 10, 1960, she was united in marriage with Marvin Westendorf at St. John’s United Church of Christ-Siegel of rural Waverly. She was baptized at St. John’s at the time of her marriage. Rosella worked for many years in the garden center and as a cashier at Wal-Mart in Waverly.

            A resident of the Tripoli Nursing Home, Rosella’s death occurred there on Saturday, August 20, 2011, following a lengthy illness and complications of Multiple Sclerosis. She was seventy-four years old and a longtime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ-Siegel. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, animals, and reading.

            In addition to her husband, Marvin of rural Waverly, she is survived by four children, Michael (Kathy) Westendorf of rural Waverly, Michelle (Craig) Vogt of Tripoli, Melissa (Brian) Pawlak of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Melody (Dan) Wright of LeClaire, Iowa; twelve grandchildren; and five half sisters, Vera, Dixie, Sally, Linda, and Kathy

            Rosella was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Kathleen; five brothers, Floyd, Grant, Donald, Harry, and Clarence; and two sisters, Tillie, and a sister who died in infancy.

             Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at St. John’s United Church of Christ-Siegel of rural Waverly, with Rev. Eugene Walther officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Church Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour before services at the church on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that friends may, if they wish, make memorial donations in Rosella’s name to the Tripoli Nursing Home. 


Jackie Paulsen on August 24, 2011 at 8:18 AM said:

Mike, Michelle, Melissa and Melody ~ It is with a heavy heart today that I learn of your mother's passing. Always with a smle and a quick "hello" from her, Rosie was a wonderful lady and a terrific mom. My thoughts, prayers and love to each of you and your families.

Jackie (Hoeper) Paulsen
1616 - 4th Ave E
Spencer, IA 51301
Bruce & Ally Mueller and boys on August 24, 2011 at 5:59 AM said:

With heartfelt sympanthy, remember Rosie will always be as close as a memory, and the God of all comfort as close as a prayer.
Mark and Danielle Luhring Family on August 23, 2011 at 7:30 PM said:

Thoughts and prayers are with you all. May Rosie find peace and joy in her heaven.
Stacey Snyder on August 23, 2011 at 4:39 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time with this loss in your life. Embrace the memories and go forth with the knowledge and strength of God's grace.
Donna Buss Haggerty on August 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM said:

Marvin and family,
My deepest sympathy to all of you. May the Lord give you comfort and peace in the days ahead. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
I wish I could make it to the services, I just heard the news today from my sister in Waterloo.
Rosella had a long and hard battle with her illness, these many years, but it does not make your loss any less painful.
If any of you get to Montana, we would love to see you and welcome you to stay with us.
Love and prayers to all of you
Jim and Donna Haggerty
537 Evans Riceville Rd
Belt, Mt 59412
Wanda and Ronny Heidemann on August 22, 2011 at 5:33 PM said:

Our deepest and sincerest heartfelt sympathy goes out to Marvin and the Westendorf family . Rose was a true Child of God's. Rose always had a wonderful smile and her kindness was genuine. I would like to share, John 14:1-4 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. God has taken Rose to this wonderful room. May you find comfort in God's arms.
Peggy & Jeff on August 22, 2011 at 12:15 PM said:

My husband and I would like to convey our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of your beloved Rosella. We would like to share with you something that has brought us much comfort at a similar time in our lives. John 11:14-44 shares with us the experience of Jesus resurrecting Lazarus here on earth before the very eyes of those he loved. We can only imagine the tears of joy when we too are reunited with our dear loved ones. (John 5:28,29) Rosella will surely be missed by many of those who's lives she shared, remember the experiences you shared together and learn from them, hold them close to your heart and cherish them. May you find comfort from those who surround you at this very difficult time. Our sincere condolences to all of you
leah leonard on August 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM said:

so sorry for your loss michelle and the rest of the westendorf thoughs and pryaers are with you during this diffcult time. your mom was a very nice lady and always had a smile on her face.once again im sorry for your loss

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