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 was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020, at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula celebrated. Burial followed at North Cemetery. 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 for several years, 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, Tammy (Dave) Mielke, Geneseo; her only niece, Connie (John) Fisk, Las Vegas, NV; 14 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 5 step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Wilmer, her parents Gustave and Mary, brother Cyriel Haeck, and sister Clara Emler.