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Rosemary GinterSeptember 27, 2017
Rosemary Ginter, of Oak Park Place, died Wednesday, September 27 at Luther Manor Grand Meadows. Following her wishes there will not be any public services. The family will have a graveside service to commemorate her life.
Mom was born May 4, 1930 to Bert and Theresa Jochum on her mother’s birthday. She grew up in Key West in the big stone house on what was called the Bishop’s farm. She was a beautiful and beloved child and her memories of that time were precious. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1948.
Mom met Robert P. “Bob” Ginter later that year. They were married on October 1, 1949. In the early years of their marriage, they enjoyed Big Band Music and dances at the Melody Mill. There were many years of being involved in all the activities the five of us children were participating in at any given time. Once we all left home, Mom and Dad enjoyed traveling, often with their lifelong friends Dude and Betty Zwack. After we lost Dude and then Dad, in 1995, to cancer, Mom and Betty continued to travel as long as they were able. The families referred to that time as their “Thelma and Louise” period.
Mom was an exceptional cook and baker. She preferred the comfort foods and baked goods she learned to prepare from her mother and her brother, Jerry, on the farm. Feeding family and friends was Mom’s way of saying “I love you.” She enjoyed flower gardening, reading and spending time with family and friends. Her home was always open to relatives and friends who needed some TLC.
Mom spent several years at the Diamond Apartments, but moved to Oak Park Place after a fall. Her neighbors in both places became her friends, especially Helen and Dorothy.
Left to cherish her memory are her children Deb (Bill) Pauly, Rob Ginter, Steve (Sherry) Ginter, Sue (Tom Lindecker) Kelly, and Tracy (Jim Stainbrook) Scheib. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Renae (Eric) Kerr, Nikki Kelly, Grant (Kim Rystom) Ginter, Jon Kelly, Ann (Shad) Newman and Kate Scheib. Mom had nine great grandchildren. While she loved them all, she had a special relationship with the oldest, Kayden Singh.
Mom was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Syl and Jerry Jochum, her sister-in-law, Ellanor Jochum, her aunt and uncle, Al and Lena Schmitt, and her grandson, Christopher Pauly. Her friends Dude and Betty Zwack and her sisters-in-law and their spouses also preceded her.
Memorials may be given to Almost Home Guest House,1276 White St, Dubuque, IA, 52001 or the charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank Dr. Hillard Salas for his wonderful care of Mom, and the staff of Oak Park Place for all you did for her. Finally, we offer thanks to Hospice of Dubuque and the staff of Grand Meadows for making her last days comfortable and good.
Rest in peace, Mom. We love you. We will miss you.