In Memory of

Rosemary Saunders

April 11, 1934 - June 13, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Rosemary Saunders

Rosemary Saunders

Born: April 11, 1934
Died: June 13, 2020
Age: 86

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Rosemary Saunders, the daughter of Albert Phillip and Helen Elizabeth (Wohn) Bellingtier was born April 11, 1934, in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  She was raised in the Fort Dodge area and graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1952. 

    On September 2, 1959, Rosemary was united in marriage to Dean Saunders in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  She worked at the regional office of Quaker Oats in Fort Dodge for eight years and then stayed home to raise their children.  Dean and Rosemary have made their home in Spencer, Iowa, since 1965.  She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Spencer and held various church offices.  She served on the Spencer Library Board for six years and was the Clay County Fair Superintendent for the Textiles, Crafts and Arts Exhibit for many years.  She enjoyed playing Bridge, working puzzles and needle work.

    Rosemary passed away at her home on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at the age of 86.  She was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Anna Bellingtier, and brother-in-laws: Dale Saunders and Tom Crotts.

    Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Dean of Spencer, IA; her children:  Karen Hanson (Dan) of West Des Moines, IA, Kevin Saunders (Cindy) of Olathe, KS, and Keith Saunders (Greta Truman) of Waukee, IA; six grandchildren: Emily, Sarah (Brent), Jordan, Kelsey, Ella and Graham; her siblings: Albert Bellingtier (Marietta) of Fort Dodge, IA, Marie Farmer (Jack) of Fort Dodge, IA, and Kathie Crotts of Cedar Rapids, IA; other relatives and many friends.


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Private Family Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 P.M., Wednesday, June 17th at the Warner Chapel in Spencer, Iowa.  The services will be livestreamed and can be viewed on the Warner Funeral Home Facebook page.

Cards can be sent to her husband, Dean Saunders - 1110 Pleasant Lane - Spencer, Iowa 51301

The family requests no flowers.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established by the family.

Pastor Wendy Van Tassell
Emily Hanson
Brent Green
Jordan Saunders
Kelsey Saunders
Boomer Saunders
Stevie Saunders

Ella Truman
Graham Truman
There will be no public visitation.

"On Eagle's Wings"
"The Lord's Prayer"
By Wendy Van Tassell

ORGANIST: Sarah Hanson Green

"Amazing Grace"

Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Friday, June 19, 2020 at 8:03 AM
“Karen, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. I remember meeting your parents and how easy they were to be around. No words can ease the pain of losing a mother, but the strong faith that she passed on to you will be your light. Take Care Dear Friend. ”
- Tamara Garza
Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 8:10 AM
“Keith, Greta and family,
Very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, Rosemary.
You have my deepest sympathy,
John Nash”
- John Nash
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 3:21 PM
“Dean, so sorry for loss.”
- Roland and Gwen Taylor
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 7:44 AM
“Isaiah 43:1-3 Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord you God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior...”
- John L Farmer
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 7:43 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Rosemary's passing. I haven't seen her for many, many years but I will never forget that she and my mother were friends and they had coffee at each other's homes and also played bridge together. I also think both my mom and dad played cards with Dean and Rosemary and their friends. I have wonderful memories of a kind woman with a good heart. May God welcome Rosemary into His Kingdom and maybe she and Mom can catch up and play cards again. Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, though they die like everyone else, will live again." Prayers go out to the family.”
- Ronda (Worsfold) Bern
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 7:43 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Rosemary and family hold a special place in my heart as Keith and Thad were friends. God Bless and Prayers.”
- Joyce Ann Kintigh Chesney
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 7:43 AM
“So sorry for your loss I took care of rosemary at long house my thoughts are with you”
- Heidi sky
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 7:43 AM
“So sorry for the loss of Rosemary. Thinking of you all at this time. ”
- Hartmann Family
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 7:43 AM
“Dean - I am very sorry to hear of Rosemary’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I have some wonderful memories with you and Rosemary from my tine in Spencer at the Events Center and during fair time. God’s Comfort, Peace and Blessings to you!”
- Scott Hallgren
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 4:21 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Rosemary’s passing. I know you have wonderful memories of her, which will be comforting in the days ahead. I am sad I cant be there to hug you all, but know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. She will be missed.”
- Diane Chambers
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“Tyler, Terri, and I extend to you and your family our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother Keith. We will honor her memory in November with a celebration of new life, new hope, and optimism ”
- Gary and Tyler Steinke
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 11:37 AM
“Dean and Family, so sorry to hear of Rosemarys passing. May you find peace in your hearts from your wonderful memories!”
- Judy Van Dyke
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“Dean so sorry to hear of Rosemary passing
- Randyf Van Kley
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“Dean, Karen. Kevin, & Keith. Our Sympathy to the family on Rosemary's passing. Diane and I thought so much of Rosemary. They were such a inspiration to us when we joined First Congregational Church welcoming us with open arms . We have wonderful memories of Rosemary and will cherish those memories.”
- John Zinn
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 7:56 AM
“Sending my deepest sympathies to you, Dean, and to all your family. Fond memories of the times you and Rosemary came to visit Karen at UNI. Of course, a special message to Karen, one of the people I love most in this life, along with Dan, Emily, Sarah and Brent. My thoughts are very much with you all. Love, Lori”
- Lori Brecht
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