Ann Elizabeth (Klosen) Rose

Ann Elizabeth (Klosen) Rose

July 17, 1943 – February 18, 2024

Ann E. Rose, 80, beloved daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother of Omaha, passed away peacefully on February 18th at her home.

Ann was born on July 17, 1943, to Joseph George and Patricia Ann (Harrahill) Klosen in North Platte, Neb. Ann grew up on a ranch in western Nebraska, she enjoyed horseback riding (a palomino named Ghost), days playing with her cousin Barb Braden (deceased), getting picked on by her older brother Pete and playing piano with her mom Pat while her sister Jan sang. This upbringing gave her the foundation for faith, love, and family first.

After attending Stapleton High School, she enrolled at St. Joseph’s School of Nursing. After graduating from St. Joseph’s in Omaha, she met Edward L. Rose. Ann and Ed were married at St. John’s Church in Stapleton, Neb. To this union, three daughters were born: Kathy, Theresa, and Karen.

After graduation from St. Joseph’s, Ann worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital on the med-surg floor. Well, respected for her knowledge in the nursing field and an unrivaled work ethic, she made a name for herself with integrity.  Through her nursing career for over four decades, she touched hundreds of lives with her kind demeanor and ability to effortlessly make each patient feel at ease during difficult hospital stays. Whether you were one of her daughters or grandchildren or the countless patients she cared for, she was your lifelong fan.

But first and foremost, Ann was all about her family. Her three daughters would add eight grandchildren to her growing family. Few who knew her could imagine anyone who loved her family more.  She planned and executed elaborate cruise vacations for her entire family, sparing no memory-making moments from Disneyworld to Rome to the Amalfi Coast to Santorini. She was always ready to join her sister Jan and brother-in-law Denny on dinners out or trips aboard.

Ann loved attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, plays and performances, never missing a chance to watch quietly and proudly support each. When she could not attend their events in person, she could often be found sitting with her iPad at her dinette table watching a livestream of a hockey game in Wisconsin or Dallas, or a volleyball match in Memphis or Hastings or eSports in Austin. And on many occasions after these events, a phone call or kind text from Ann would arrive congratulating them on their play.

Ann’s life was defined by her unwavering faith in God and her commitment to her Catholic beliefs. She found solace and strength in her religious community, where she actively participated in church activities and touched the lives of many with her kindness and compassion. Through her retirement years, Ann attended mass daily.

An epitome of love and warmth, Ann cherished spending time with her family and friends. Whether it was sharing stories over a cup of coffee or celebrating milestones together, she always embraced each moment with joy and gratitude.

Traveling was one of Ann’s greatest passions, especially when accompanied by her family. From exploring distant lands to creating unforgettable memories, she cherished every adventure and cherished the opportunity to experience new cultures and places.

Ann had a fervent passion for golf. She found joy in every swing, relishing the camaraderie and competition on the golf course. Her love for the sport brought her countless hours of enjoyment and friendship.

A lifelong fan of the Creighton Bluejay’s basketball and Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball, these sports were a language Ann spoke well and she shared that dialect with her family. There wasn’t a Creighton basketball game that she didn’t miss, occasionally turning the tv off when the Jays were not playing to her standard.

A rock to so many, Ann was a life best lived when she was surrounded by those she loved and those who loved her back. “In her presence, we found the boundless love of a mother, and in her unwavering faith, the guiding light of God’s grace. Forever cherished, forever missed, her legacy of love and faith lives on in our hearts.”  – Author Unknown

Ann is preceded in death by parents, Patricia, and Joseph Klosen; brother, Joe (Pete) Klosen; grandchild, Macy Stevens; and son-in-law, Chris Nieland.

She is survived by daughters, Kathryn Nieland, Theresa Masek (Tim), and Karen Stevens (Jordan); grandchildren, Sarah and Christopher Nieland, Max, Charlie, and Colin Masek, Sophie, and Mia Stevens; and sister, Janet Knudson (Dennis); and too many others to list, all of whom loved her dearly.

In Lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donation be made to Macy’s Way (, or to St. Roberts Bellarmine Church for masses.

VISITATION: Monday, February 26th, 6 to 7 p.m., followed by VIGIL SERVICE with Nebraska Nurse Honor Guard presentation at 7 p.m., St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific St.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, February 27th, 10:30 a.m., St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church. Luncheon in the Mainelli Center to follow mass.

INTERMENT: Resurrection Cemetery.

To view a live broadcast of the Vigil Service and Mass, please visit and click on the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.


  • John Doxon Posted February 20, 2024 5:14 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Ann several times over the years at Brian and Danielle’s gatherings. She was such a fun, energetic, and kind person. She will be missed.

  • Amy Begley Masker Posted February 21, 2024 10:13 am

    Kathy, Theresa and Karen, you have my sympathy on the loss of your Mom. May perpetual light shine upon her. Our parents were neighbors for many years. We just lost our Mom last week.

  • April Seaman Posted February 21, 2024 1:16 pm

    Ann and I were both members of Altrusa International and shared a common bond relating to organ donation. She was truly an indominable spirit…a tough cookie with a soft exterior. She will be missed.

  • Lois Liebig Kuta Posted February 22, 2024 10:15 pm

    My sincere sympathy to Ann’s beautiful family. She was a great nurse, classmate, and friend. Ann will be truely missed.

  • LaRae Kiefer Synacek Posted February 23, 2024 3:42 am

    I was so Blessed to know Ann Rose and to work with her at St. Joes Hospital! She was so caring and kind, I just loved being her assistant! You are missed and loved by many! RIP MS. Ann Rose! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Tami Posted February 26, 2024 6:29 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m praying God will give you the comfort and healing and joyful memories to get through this

  • Sheryl Andera Posted February 26, 2024 6:32 pm

    Kathy, Theresa, Karen,
    So sorry to hear about your mom passing. What a great lady. We had so many great times together. Good memories.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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