November 22, 1930 - January 25, 2020
Rosemary Drees, age 89, of Manning, passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Accura Healthcare of Manning.
Visitation and Prayers Friday, January 31, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Sacred Heart Church - Manning, Iowa
Visitation from 9 to 10 AM Rosary at 10 AM
Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 31, 2020 10:30 AM Sacred Heart Church - Manning
Interment Friday, January 31, 2020 Sacred Heart Cemetery Manning
Ohde Funeral Home in Manning is in charge of arrangements.
Taken from the 2006 Manning Quasquicentennial history book
Back: Madonna, Mark, Mary, Gary
Front: Matt, Rosemary, Anna
Dennis and Rosemary Drees
Rosemary and Dennis were married on February 19, 1955, at Saint Patrick's Catholic
Church in Dunlap, Iowa. Dennis Earl, born on April 19, 1931, is the son of
Edward and Viola (Eischeid) Drees. Rosemary, born on November 22, 1930, is the
daughter of Lawrence and Helen (Noonen) Higgins.
Dennis grew up on a farm in the Manning area and Rosemary grew up on farms in
Marshall County. Rosemary and Dennis are the parents of six children: Gary
Allen, Anna Marie, Mark Joseph, Mary Helen, Madonna Rose, and Matthew Edward.
Dennis was in the military service and served in the Korean War from 1952 to
1954. Following the service, he returned to Manning, working as a farmhand and
then on a farm with a Grade A milking operation. While farming, he also worked
as a welder. Rosemary attended nursing school, graduating from St. Thomas Mercy
Hospital in Marshalltown, Iowa. Rosemary worked at Manning General Hospital,
raised children, and then worked at General Electric in Carroll, Iowa.
Throughout the years, she has gone back to Manning General Hospital, working in
the SAT Unit, Home Health, and Garst Seed Company.
Gary graduated from Manning High School in 1976. He then attended Western Iowa
Tech in Sioux City and graduated with a degree in Farm Equipment Tech in 1977.
In November of 1981, Gary married Julie Jensen from Manilla, Iowa. Gary has
worked for Heisterkamp Implement, Mike's Repair, and
is now self-employed. Julie has taught for twenty-four years, thirteen years at
Maple Valley Community schools and eleven years at Le Mars Community School.
Gary and Julie reside in Sloan, Iowa.
Anna graduated from Manning High School in 1978. She then attended Mount Mercy
College in Cedar Rapids and graduated with a Nursing/Biology degree in 1984. In
August of 1982, Anna married Paul Weber. Anna has worked at Mary Greeley
Hospital in Ames, Iowa, since 1985. In addition, she has been employed in home
health care and currently works in the Ames Public School District. Anna is
currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy at the College of
St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. Paul has worked at Dutch States Mines
(previously Roche Vitamins and Minerals) since 1985. Anna and Paul have five
children: Daniel Dennis, born May 24, 1983; Christopher James, Adam Allen, Sara Elizabeth, and Lauren Elizabeth.
Mark graduated from Manning High School in 1980. He then moved to Oklahoma and
began working for Conoco-Phillips in 1982. In January of 1983, Mark married
Karen Chandler. She is currently employed with Medford Public School. Mark and
Karen are also engaged in farming outside of Medford, Oklahoma. Mark and Karen
have two children: Mark Joseph, and Jennifer Marie.
Mary graduated from Manning High School in 1982. She then attended Kirkwood
Community College and graduated with an Associate degree in Occupational
Therapy in 1984. In 1992 she graduated from Texas Women's University with a
Bachelor in Occupational Therapy. In December of 1993, Mary married Eric
Echterling. Mary is currently self-employed and Eric works
for Des Moines Area Community College. Eric and Mary live by Dallas Center, Iowa.
Madonna graduated from Manning High School in 1986. She then attended
Bernell College of Cosmetology working in the field for
three years. Madonna then went back to college attending The College of St.
Catherine graduating with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy in
1996. She currently lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and works as an Occupational
Therapy Manager at St. Anthony's Rehab Hospital.
Matthew graduated from Manning High school in 1990. He attended Iowa Western
Community College in Clarinda and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in
1992. Matt received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Concordia University
in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1995. Matt married Jennifer Riggert in June of 1995.
The two taught in Peoria, Illinois, for three years and then moved back to
northwest Iowa. Matt has taught at Anthon-Oto Community School since 1999;
Jennifer taught five years at Hinton Community School (1999-2004), and now
teaches in the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Community School
District. The two reside in Sloan, Iowa, and have two children: Carah Rose, and Caleb Matthew.
Ron Sporrer, Gary Drees - 1976 MHS graduates
Mark Drees - MHS 1980
Mary Drees - MHS 1982
Mark with Matt Drees (1st communion) - MHS 1990 with Rosemary
1975-76 MHS girls' basketballBack: Mary Eickman, Trish Croghan, Deb Mohr, Joan Hass, Denise Mohr, Kathy Willenborg,
Janet Christensen, JoAnne Croghan, Coach Eugene Morgan, Cindy Rothfolk, Janet Genzen, Heidi Ashton,
Anna Drees, Emily Opperman,
Lori Mundt, Joni Siepker, Joan Croghan, Sherri Bruhn
Middle: Janet Rohe, Julie Leinen, Carmen Fogleman, Julie Bruhn, Jody Ashton, Valerie Opperman
Front: Patty Willenborg, Denise Schroeder, Deb Wegner, Kari Haskins, Donna Sturm, Sue Hinners, Norine Felker, Sue Ann Stribe, Linda Hansen
Back: Michelle Odendahl, Kristine Albertsen,
Madonna Drees, Jill Lamp
Front: Lisa Gruhn, Barb Crandall, Karol Mills, Patty Bruch
Korean War from 1952 to 1954
In 2017 I asked Rosemary if she had any military pictures and information for Dennis...Below are some of the items/images I scanned from Dennis' scrapbook.
Dennis Drees in his bunk
Dennis Drees on the right
Dennis wrecker #47
Motor Pool Boeblingen, Germany
Equipment being repaired in shop
"Where a clutch and pressure plate came out of a tractor while it was running."
Note the 2 tears in the hood and the oil splotches all over
Office where repair and job tickets were organized
Another view of shop
Caption on picture "Dennis Drees wearing his red necktie"
I'm sure this isn't Dennis but it was captioned "Harold Kraft - ball game."
Field Ration permit
Dennis is somewhere in the picture
I zoomed in and looked carefully for an X or arrow but saw none.
Did you know that the home Rosemary lived in was the original Lutheran Church that once stood on Second Street?
Rosemary Drees home 31 Sue Street
Built in 1901 - Second Street
View from the church bell tower
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