Rosella “Rose” Friesen 95, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Asbury Park in Newton, Kansas. She was born June 7, 1920 in Walton, Kansas to David F. and Mary (Goertz) Schmidt. On March 9, 1941 she married Arthur Friesen in Lehigh, Kansas and he preceded her in death. She worked at several restaurants including cedar village and the coffee pot until the age of the 72. She met a lot of people on her daily walks along High Street and West First. Rose and Art were well known for playing their guitars for the Walton Mennonite Church. During her stay at Asbury Park, she was an active resident and made many friends while participating in the many activities offered at Asbury Park.
Rose is preceded in death by her husband Arthur, brothers Clarence and Waldo Schmidt and sisters Elsie Foth, Ann Reimer, Malinda Janzen, Viola Tilson and granddaughter Carla Marie.
She is survived by son Kenneth (Vickie) Friesen; daughters Rose Marie (Bob) Crawford and Linda (Ines) Flores and brother Willard Schmidt all of Newton, Kansas. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 3, 2016 at First Church of God at Broadway and Fairview with Pastor Clint McBroom presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday evening at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home. Interment will be next to her husband Arthur in the Restlawn Gardens Rural Newton, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Asbury Park or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of Petersen Funeral Home.