ESTHERVILLE Memorial Mass for Rosemary Bennett, 82, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., and formerly of Estherville, will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Father Albert O. Grendler as Celebrant. Visitation will be noon until the time of the service Friday at the funeral chapel. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Estherville.
She died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, at Country Villa Rancho Mirage Care Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Rosemary (Murphy) Bennett, the daughter of Leo and Mamie Murphy, was born Feb. 9, 1926, in Jamestown, N.D.
She graduated from St. John’s Academy in Jamestown, N.D., in 1943 and received her B.A. degree from Clarke College in Dubuque in 1947.
On Sept. 11, 1950, she was united in marriage to William H. (Bill) Bennett at St. John’s Academy Chapel in Jamestown, N.D. and moved to Estherville where Bill was the manager of L.M. Christensen Co. Rosemary and Bill later purchased the store and operated it and other retail stores including The Linen Closet, The Company Store, Freckles and Frills and Britches and Bows in Spirit Lake and in the Emporium in Arnolds Park. In 1977 the Bennetts sold their home in Estherville and moved permanently to Dixon’s Beach in Okoboji where they had maintained a summer home for many years. They moved to Palm Desert, Calif., in 1985 where they both worked in real estate sales. Rosemary was very active in St. Patrick’s Church, Catholic Charities and in community service in Estherville.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband Bill in September 2006, her parents Leo and Mamie and brothers Leo Jr. and Tom. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Bennett, and her husband, Craig Warner, of Des Moines; her son, Stephen W., his wife, Connie Bennett, and their daughter, Sarah; and her son, John W. Bennett, all of Indio, Calif.
She is also survived by her sisters Colleen (George) Mastel of Rio Verde, Ariz., Pat (David) Orlady, Englewood, Colo., and Bette Jo (Frank) Lang, Downieville, Calif.; brothers John (Carol) Murphy, Mendota Heights, Minn., and Jim (Betty) Murphy, Valley City, N.D.; and sister-in-law Kay (Leo Jr.) Murphy of Brush, Colo. Rosemary is also survived by many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Sioux City, 1821 Jackson St., P.O. Box 3379, Sioux City, IA 51102-3379.
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