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Iona E. Rose

March 9, 2016


Iona E. Rose passed away on March 9th at Kansas Christian Home in Newton.


Iona was born in Chinook, Montana, on May 12, 1918, to Ross and Nettie Mundell.


She was a graduate of North High School and the St. Joseph School of Nursing where she was awarded the Honor Certificate in 1941.  The Honor Certificate was presented by the Wichita Hospital Alumni Association.  Through her career Iona worked in many areas in the field of nursing.


She married Dr. A. Wayne Rose, Pedodontist, on June 10, 1944, in Wichita, Kansas.  He preceded her in death on December 19, 1998.


Wayne and Iona did not have children of their own, but they loved many, especially their nieces and nephews. The St. Luke Evangelical Church of Newton and her special friends were deeply loved and appreciated by Iona. Those friends were: Patricia Black, Darlene Busenitz, Katy Coy, Barb Kristenson, Anita Sadowski, Collen Ward, and Charlotte Wiebe.


She is survived by nieces and nephews: Jackie Pate-Webb, Michelle Pate-Herbstreit, Nonajean Pate-Reber, Ramono Pate-Smith, and Wayne Paul Rose; and many great nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents: Ross and Nettie Mundell; sisters: Nedra Mundell-Pate, Mona Mundell; brothers: Sammy, Donald, and K. Dee Mundell; and nephew: William Pate.


Memorial services are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12th, at the St. Luke Evangelical Church of Newton. Friends are invited to a gathering before the memorial beginning at 11:00 a.m., to enjoy light refreshments and fellowship. Visitation is scheduled from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, March 11th, at Petersen Funeral Home.  The family will be present to greet friends and family from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  A private family committal will follow the service.


Memorials have been set up for: St. Luke Evangelical Church, and the Wichita Botanica Gardens of Wichita. 

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4 thoughts on “Iona E. Rose

  1. Deane, Beth and Kathy Rogers loved Iona dearly and will always remember her artistic talent and eye. Each year she sent amazing Christmas ornaments for the children. She will be sorely missed.

  2. I’ll miss my little friend. Talked to her a little last week. Don’t think she knew who I was.I took care of her and her home since before Wayne died. They used to bring me sunflower bread. Rest in peace Iona. Love you.

  3. “And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more. Neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore.
    The former things have passed away.”
    Revelation 21:4

  4. I will always remember our sweet Nonie. I used to visit her with Mitch Mitchell. She told me the most marvelous stories of WWII nursing with Mitch’s wife. And we always brought her sunflower seed bread. Fly, Nonie…your wings will be glorious!

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