Barbara J. Rose

Barbara J. Rose

October 9, 1937 – December 26, 2023

Barb was preceded in death by her husband, John “Pat” Rose; and parents, Leonard and Lillian Sanderhoff.  She is survived by her children: Kevin Rose (wife, Kim), and Kelly Wendt; grandchildren: Cameron, Nolan, Alexa Rose, Zachary and Jacob Wendt.

Barbara Rose was born in Omaha, NE, to Leonard and Lillian Sanderhoff on October 9, 1937.

Barb graduated from Omaha North High School in 1955.  Barb was united in marriage to Pat Rose on August 22, 1966.  At the time of her passing, Barb and Pat would have been married for 57 years but had been together for 69 years. Together they raised their children Kevin and Kelly. Barb and Pat were later blessed with five grandchildren Cameron, Zachary, Nolan, Jacob, and Alexa.

Barb spent many years at the Telephone Company in the Payroll Department and Programming. She enjoyed her time at the Telephone Company, taking pride in her work and aggressively pursued any challenges they had to offer.

Barb’s main priority in life was her family. She did everything she could to make sure they were happy and felt loved.  We had nothing to worry about because she took care of that for all of us.  I remember very clearly when discussing my kids, she told me that we never stop being her kids, regardless of our age.  She believed that until the day she passed, always worrying that everything was ok.  Barb truly enjoyed cooking until later in life when her back and Dementia made it too hard.  Until then, whether it was a weeknight meal or holiday meal, she wanted everyone to enjoy it, but you better be on time because we eat at 6:15, not a minute later. She also loved to watch her grandkids participate in all sorts of youth and high school activities, but had a special love for their sporting events.  She would bring a notepad so she could keep track of the score. She genuinely thought that every one of her grandchildren were special and she thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them.  

We will always remember our mother as a “Loving, Kind and Caring” woman. She continually showed us what being a “Mom” meant.  It meant you are selfless, loving, and caring. She always put her family before herself. She rarely asked for anything and she enjoyed the simple things in life. Right down to the end, she always wanted to know how all of her grandchildren were doing and to know that everyone was happy and healthy.  After Pat’s passing in June, she continually thought that he was still around her, even though he wasn’t, but who are we to say he wasn’t visiting her.  It seemed to give her comfort even when she said he showed up with a moustache which didn’t make her happy. She seemed to realize that he had gone to heaven in the last month and slowly began to decline until she passed on December 26, 2023.  Neither Pat nor Barb could stand to be without each other, and we firmly believe that they died of a broken hearts.  Thankfully, they are together again with healed hearts, and they will be waiting for the day that the rest of the family joins them.  We are so thankful for the time that we had with our mother Barb.  Although she has left us here on earth, she will forever remain in our hearts and minds.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, January 3, 2024, 10:00AM, St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 “Q” Street, Ralston, Nebraska.

INTERMENT: Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Nebraska Humane Society.

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  • Kathy R Roy Posted December 30, 2023 9:10 am

    Kelly and Family so sorry for the loss of your Mom. We would love to come to her funeral but we winter in Az. We are here for 6 months a year in the winter because we really cannot take the cold any longer.. We will be thinking of you and your family. We always enjoyed seeing and talking to your parents when we lived close to them while walking and all the times at school events. May she rest in peace.God bless all of you.

  • John Sanderhoff Posted January 1, 2024 1:46 pm

    I have known Barbara all my life as she was my cousin born a couple years before me. I am so very sorry for your lose and that I am unable to attend her service as I really ill at this time. Kevin and Kelly please know that Donna & I are thinking of you at this time.

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