Rose Mary Rinne

INDEPENDENCE — Rose Mary Rinne, 94, of Independence passed away at 12:57 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at Montgomery Place LTC in Independence.

Rose Mary was born Feb. 24, 1926, north of Dodge City to William and Gladys (Trent) Hessman. She was the eldest of eight children and was raised on a farm/ranch 20 miles northwest of Dodge City.  

In 1945 Rose Mary met and married Fred S. Rinne in Dodge City. Rose Mary and Fred S. lived in Dodge City and Kinsley for the first seven years of their marriage and then moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, with their young family. The moved back to Kinsley in 1960. In 1961 Rose Mary and Fred moved to Southeast Kansas to a farm outside of Dennis. Over the next 15 to 20 years Rose Mary and Fred lived in several areas of Kansas prior to them moving to Sycamore in 1983.

Rose Mary and Fred S. raised four children, Fred D. Rinne of Fredonia, Trudy J Rinne of Lawrence, Terry E. Smith of Cherryvale and Tom E. Rinne of Sycamore. In addition to her four children, Rose Mary had 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.  

Rose Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Fred S.; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren.  

In addition to being an excellent mother, Rose Mary worked outside the home for several years while they lived outside of Dennis. Rose Mary’s talents included painting, gardening and carpentry. Fred S. and Rose Mary built over seven homes during their life together, and the four Rinne children were blessed to have five of the world’s greatest carpenters in their lives — Fred S. Rinne; his father, Ted Rinne; Rose Mary Rinne; her father, Bill Hessman; and our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. 

One of Rose Mary’s greatest joys in life was the knowledge that her husband and all four children accepted Jesus Christ as their savior and have walked with the lord during their life. 

Rose Mary was a loving wife, mother and friend to anyone she met. The family takes joy in the fact that she is now with Fred S. and Jesus and will miss her greatly.

The graveside service was on Jan. 22 at Harmony Grove Cemetery.

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