Rose Elizabeth (Kerkhoff) Van Rossum, age 94, of Wrightstown, passed away on August 18, 2021 at her home with her family at her side. Rose was born to Peter and Dorothy (Liebergen) Kerkhoff on April 23, 1927. She married Norb Van Rossum on September 6, 1945 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Wrightstown. Rose and Norb owned and operated the family farm in Wrightstown.
Rose loved her flowers, hunting and fishing with Norb, farming, and canning vegetables from her garden. She could sew everything under the sun, and loved to sew matching outfits for her and Norb when they went square dancing. Rose learned to work with, pour and paint ceramics and loved it so much she eventually started to teach others to work with ceramics and porcelain. Rose was very talented.
She will be sadly missed by her children: Patty (Joe) De Cleene, Sandy Schelfhout, Judith Van Rossum, Betty (Roy) Schisel, Dan (Mary) Van Rossum, Cathy (Mike) Di Pietro, Mary (Leon) Zirbel, Tim Van Rossum (girlfriend Leanne Kahler), Tony Van Rossum (girlfriend Jean Hill), Chris Thompson (boyfriend Tim Van Gheem), grandchildren: Mark (Laurie), Russ (Sheila), Cory (Sam), Shawn (Barb), Matt (Holly), and Brad (Rhonda), Scott (Tara), and Chad (Monica), Perry (Courtney), Troy (Heather), and April (Tyler), Will, Lea, and Kevin, Shannon, and Dustin (Erin), Adam (Jacqi), Alex (Jessica), and Andy, Melissa (Jason), Ashley (Brad), and Jessica, Chelsea (Ethan), Brittany (Kyle), and Zach (Shyanne), Trevor (Taylor), and Mitchell.
She is further survived by great-grandchildren: Marissa, Austin, Ashlyn, Mason, Courtney, Taylor, Breanna, Amber, Sabrina, Madelyn, Bennett, Thatcher, Addison, Logan, Jada, Ethen, Calvin, Ezra, Josh (Sarai), Jared, Carly, Peter, Reece, Paige, Hadley, Dane, Christian, Alexa, Makenna, Lawsen, Lilah, Oliver, Noah, Amelia, Clay, Adalyn, Allie, Vivian, Kiya, Mak, Lucas, Liam, Lauren, Renley, Logan, Kynlee, Tyler, Amara, Dawson, Elliott, and Liam.
She is also survived by her sister and dear friend, Anna Marie Simpson as well as many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Norb, son-in-law Dick Schelfhout, daughter-in-law Suzie Van Rossum, grandchildren: Keith Schelfhout and Amber Van Rossum, and great-grandchildren: Kari Marie Janssen-Schelfhout and Bramwell Christy IV. She was also preceded in death by her family: Giles (Evelyn), Myron (Lucina), Ruth (George), Earl, Elmer (Rita); Norb’s family: Adrian (Ella), Bertha (Ed), Charles (Harriet), Wilbur, Henry (Luella, Gert), and Loretta (Melvin). She also greatly missed her furry friend Indigo.
At Rose’s request, private services will be held. To express condolences, please visit www.wichmannfuneralhomes.com.
The family would like to express a Thank You to Dr. Karla Spika, and the nurses and staff of St. Vincent Hospital and Unity Hospice for the tender loving care during Rose’s illness. Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support.