Rosemary ‘Rosie’ Wilson Schrack, 90

Rosemary ‘Rosie’ Wilson Schrack, 90, of Grinnell and formerly of Tama, died on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Tama. Visitation with her family will be on Friday, September 16, 2022, from 5-7 pm at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home.

Rosemary Wilson was born to Elmer and Ruth (Irish) Wilson on June 24, 1932 in Tama where she was raised and graduated from Tama High School in 1950. Following graduation, Rosie worked for the Tama News Herald as a reporter.

Rosie married the love of her life, Don Schrack, on August 14, 1953. Together they raised four children: Donald Jr., Dianna, Dana and Dion in Tama where Don was the junior high industrial arts teacher and football and basketball coach. Rosie graduated from Marshalltown Community College School of Practical Nursing in July 1971. She worked at MACH West Hospital in Marshalltown before becoming Director of Nursing at Sunny Hill Care Center in August 1972. In 1980, Rosie became the Administrator serving in that position until her retirement in September 2002. Rosie was honored and presented a plaque in 2002 at the Iowa Health Care Convention in recognition of 55 years of service in long-term care.

Don and Rosie built a home at Seeland Park and moved to Grinnell in 2002. Rosie worked at St. Francis Manor as Medicare Coordinator and later served as hostess in the new dining room at St. Francis.

Over the years, Rosie has been a member of the Des Moines Club, Iowa State Victory Club, Tama-Toledo Eagles Auxiliary, Life Member of VFW Auxiliary in Lexington, Nebraska, NFLPN, Tama-Toledo Country Club, Iowa Health Care Association, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Past President of Senior Chamber, Life Member PGA Tour Partners Club, Board of Nursing Home Administrators appointed by Governor Branstad, Seeland Park Marketing Committee, St. PaulÕs Lutheran Church in Tama and St. JohnÕs Lutheran Church in Grinnell.

Rosie will be remembered for having a passion to serve others, being a hard worker yet always having fun and for being an avid Iowa State Cyclone fan.

Rosie is survived by her children: Donald Schrack Jr., of Grinnell, Dianna (Patrick) Hoye, of Ankeny, Dana (Kathy) Schrack, of Dubuque, and Dion (Shelley) Schrack, of Grinnell; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, step-mother Arlene Wilson, siblings and husband, Donald Schrack Sr. in 2009.

Memorial contributions may be designated to the St. Francis Manor Foundation to benefit the Hammond Center for Assisted Living.