Rosalie Gates Thede, 100, of Aledo, died Sunday, July 29, 2018, at her home. Her eventful life spanned the unforgettable 20th century and continued into the 21st. A mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at St. Catherine’s Church, in Aledo. Burial will be at the Aledo Cemetery. A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at Fippinger’s Funeral Home, in Aledo, with the rosary recited at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Geneseo Historical Museum, St. Catherine’s Church, the Mercer County Family YMCA, or the donor’s favorite charity. Fippinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rosalie Gates Thede, 100, of Aledo, died Sunday, July 29, 2018, at her home. Her eventful life spanned the unforgettable 20th century and continued into the 21st. A mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at St. Catherine’s Church, in Aledo. Burial will be at the Aledo Cemetery. A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at Fippinger’s Funeral Home, in Aledo, with the rosary recited at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Geneseo Historical Museum, St. Catherine’s Church, the Mercer County Family YMCA, or the donor’s favorite charity. Fippinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rosalie Thede was born Dec. 10, 1917, in Mercer County, the daughter of Phyllis Crapnell Gates and Clarence R. Gates Jr. She graduated from the Villa de Chantal, in Rock Island, and attended Marycrest College, in Davenport, Iowa.

She married Robert J. Thede on Feb. 8, 1941. He died Dec. 17, 1968. She served in the Navy Relief Board at Camp Endicott, in Davisville, Rhode Island, a Seabee base where her husband was stationed as a Naval Disbursing Officer during World War II. She later served as a trustee of St. Catherine’s Church and also was a former director on the Board of Oak View Country Club.

Her memberships included: Aledo Art Guild, Geneseo Historical Society, Mercer County Historical Society, Mercer County Hospital Auxiliary, Figge Museum, Quad City Symphony and the Quad City Botanical Center.

She enjoyed music, the arts, golf, bridge, gardening, travel, and was an avid reader. Rosalie also was a great lover of dogs, owning several cocker spaniels and dachshunds over the course of her lifetime, including dachshund “Dutch” whom her great-grandchildren were particularly fond of.

While she loved being with family, friends, pets, and in her yard with her flowers, her special joy was in her two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Survivors include granddaughter Margo (Curtis) Brookens, of Crystal Lake; grandson, Michael (Diane) Thede, of St. Charles, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Emma Katherine Thede, William Parker Thede, Hannah Rose Brookens and Abigail Grace Brookens. In addition, she is survived by several nieces in Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; son, William; her parents; and brother, Robert Gates.

Rosalie’s grandchildren, Margo and Michael, wish to express their heartfelt thanks to her loving caregivers of these past several months for their selfless love and compassion. They also thank the many people their grandmother enjoyed the friendship of over the years of her life; in particular, the warmth and kindness she received from her community neighbors in the city of Aledo.