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Rose Kavanaugh

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RANDOLPH — Rose Cecilia Kavanaugh, 96, Randolph, died April 30, 2019, at Colonial Manor, Randolph.

Visitation, with a Christian Mothers Rosary and Christian Wake Service and Rosary, was Friday at Johnson Funeral Home, Randolph.

Funeral services were May 4 at Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, Randolph, with Rev. Father David Korth, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Omaha; Rev. Father Timothy Forget and Deacon Doug Tunink officiating.

Interment was in Saint Jane Frances Catholic Cemetery, Randolph.

Pallbearers were Jim Serven, Gene Kavanaugh, Larry Kessler, John Kavanaugh, Mark Korth, Bill Korth and Steve Obermeyer.

Rose was born April 12, 1923 on the family farm north of Randolph the daughter of Peter and Ottilia (Kunz) Korth. She attended Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic School, Randolph. Rose was a hard working farm girl, always helping her parents or brothers wherever needed.

Rose married Merele Peter Kavanaugh Nov. 19, 1946, at Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, Randolph. They farmed for one year, one mile east of Randolph, and then moved to a farm southeast of Belden where they stayed for 44 years. Rose always helped with the farm duties.

At first, Rose and Merele were members of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Belden, where Rose was a member of Altar Society, a Lector and on an Omaha Archdiocesan committee. She belonged to a ladies bowling team and enjoyed playing cards with neighbors and going to Big Band dances with Merele.

After retiring, Rose and Merele moved to Randolph in 1987. They became members of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, where Rose was a member of P.C.C.W. and Quilting ladies. She belonged to Christian Mothers for over 50 years.

Rose loved to crochet and quilt and share stories of family history. She always amazed people with how much she could recall people’s names and places. Her sweet smile and disposition will be missed by many.

Rose is survived by her two sons, Gary and Janet Kavanaugh, Laurel, and Pat Kavanaugh, Randolph; two granddaughters Deb and Steve Obermeyer, Pender, and Colleen Kavanaugh, Tampa, Fla.; one brother, Paul and Shirley Korth, Randolph; sisters-in-law, Margaret Bloomquist, Randolph; Jeannie Kavanaugh, Dixon; and Rosemary Kavanaugh, Lincoln; and many dear nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Merele, Jan. 31, 2010; three brothers, Desmond Korth, Harold Korth and Leonard Korth; and three sisters, Mary, Delores and Cleo.