Rose Marie J. Bauwens, 89, of Geneseo, passed away surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at Woodridge Supportive Living – Geneseo, where she was residing. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020, at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel. A recitation of the rosary will be held at 6:45 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Rose Marie Bauwens Memorial Fund.
Rosie was born on July 24, 1930, the daughter of Gustave and Mary (Walters) Haeck, in Moline. She attended Moline High School. She married Wilmer Bauwens on October 16, 1948, in Moline. He preceded her in death on September 11, 1980. Rosie worked at Hammond Henry Hospital, in the dietary department, until her retirement. She was a member of St. Malachy Circle 14, Altar and Rosary Society, and Women of the Moose. She enjoyed embroidering, baking, gardening, and loved following her grandchildren’s events and activities.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Karen (Jim) DeGeeter, Morton, IL, Rick (Sue) Bauwens, Owenton, KY, Deb (Dennis) Everding, Wilton, IA, and Tammy (Dave) Mielke, Geneseo; her only niece, Connie (John) Fisk, Las Vegas, NV; 14 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer, her parents, Gustave and Mary, brother, Cyriel Haeck, and sister, Clara Emler.
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