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Rosalie Fern Sechovec

Our much-loved mother, Rosalie Fern Sechovec, passed away peacefully on November 1st at her home in West Des Moines, Iowa. Rosalie was born on September 24th, 1928, to Edward and Mae Elizabeth Thulin in Fremont, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Frank Carl Sechovec, who she married in Fremont, Nebraska in 1946. They were blessed with six children.


Rosalie had four main focuses in her life which were God, her husband, children and humanitarian issues. She was devoted to Jesus and her grace in living His word was calming and loving. The love she had for her beloved husband grew stronger throughout the years even as he required more physical attention helping him with his Polio disabilities. Her devotion to her family was evident as a career stay at home mom who willingly devoted her time to maintaining an active household especially during the 30 years’ she had children in the school system. She was also the go-to person from all the children in the neighborhood. Her humanitarian activities included local food drives, peace activities and homeless advocacy for housing. These activities were not limited to her local communities as she traveled internationally and participated in religious and political issues. One of her first trips, she traveled with Frank and two of her children to Ireland and joined the US sponsored Friendship Force with the mission of improving intercultural relations diplomacy and friendship. She also traveled to Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador participating in peace rallies and conferences frequently giving speeches.


She will be greatly missed by her six children: Kirby, Melodie Harris, Sondra Nelson (Neal), Scott (Kendra), Nadine (Greg Siembieda) and RosannLe. Six grandchildren: Christina Harris, Aaron Siembieda (Danielle), Nathan Nelson, Ethan Nelson (Shandi), Chelsie Clark (John), Cara Laney (Luke). Four great grandchildren: Bryce, Luke, Landyn and Lincoln.


The services will be held at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in West Des Moines, IA. The family will take visitors starting at 1:00 with service starting at 2:00PM with a dinner to follow in the reception hall.