Rose Mary Landa

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Rose M. Landa, age 59, of Lawler, IA, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Cedar Valley Hospice House in Waterloo, IA. Rose Mary Landa was born on June 4, 1956 to Charles and June (Westerhold) Pence Jr. in Streator, IL. Rose attended school in Streator. She worked at her parents restaurant in Streator. She was also employed as a waitress, bartender, custodian at a nursing home, Beatrice and Featherlite. Rose was employed by Luther College in Decorah as a custodian for 15 years. Rose was united in marriage to Gene Landa on July 15, 2000 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. She enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening and spending time with her family. Rose is survived by her husband Gene of Lawler; children Sheila (Andy) Fox of Ionia, IA, Crystal Ouenas of Lawler, IA, Lawrence Vanda of New Hampton, Gene Vanda of Lawler and fur baby Midge; 10 grandchildren Katerina, Chris, Michael, Kiera, Brianna, Hannah, Ben, Hayle, Aisha, Jun and fur grandbabies Wishbone, Daisy and Sadie; siblings Randy Pence of Florida,Teena (Vic) Hamilton of AZ, Linda Tenopir of Tucson, AZ, Kevin Pence, Nancy Pence, Dee Pence, Rick (Connie) Pence and Brenda Slifer all of Streator, IL; and mother-in-law Sharon Landa of Little Turkey, IA. Rose is preceded in death by her parents Charles and June Pence; sister Patricia Pence; niece Angel Pence; nephews Lucas Rummel and Richie Allison and father-in-law Wilmer Landa.

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  1. Thank-you for touching my life, you were a blessing Rose and I thank God for your friendship. You will live on in our hearts forever. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends of this special lady. May God provide comfort and strength to the family.

  2. You are not just my sister but a great friend. I love you so very much!!! Glad I got to see you when I was in IL last summer. I didn’t want to believe that it would be the last time I saw you. I will always remember you as you were that day. The way we laughed at Joon eating the black berries at my dads. She had them every where. Love you RIP my sweet, sweet sister.

  3. In loving memory of a dear friend, Rose. Thanks for making me feel like part of your family. I will cherish all the memories of birthday parties, weddings, and just plain fun times.

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