Rose Ann Divis
April 23, 1944 – September 27, 2023
Rose Ann Divis was born on April 23, 1944, to Lawrence and Martha Piitz, and grew up on a small farm in Brainard, Nebraska. She was an only child, and because of that, she enjoyed going to school and socializing with her friends. After marrying Edwin (Ed) Divis on October 11, 1969, and moving to Omaha, she became involved with volunteering at their church, and then the school, after Audrey and Karen were born. She also especially liked working a variety of retail jobs during her life mainly because she could talk with all kinds of people.
Rose Ann loved to cook, with baking being her favorite activity. She would try new recipes and make notes on the ones that made the cut to go in her recipe box. Whether it was something to munch on for breakfast, items for a bake sale, a family gathering, or something for her daughters’ friends to eat when they came over to the house, you could always count on homemade baked goods on the counter.
Gardening was another favored pastime. Rose Ann always had potted plants growing inside and outside the house, along with flower gardens that Ed had to mow around. She loved the challenge of being able to grow something from a seed or rooting a plant cutting.
As life changed and activities became limited, Rose Ann spent a lot of time embroidering. She really enjoyed doing her needlework, as she called it, and making pieces of art from thread. Rose Ann also discovered a new hobby by handmaking tie fleece quilts. She regularly donated them to a local charity that gave them to seriously ill children to provide them warmth, security, and comfort. She found great purpose in this and donated many over the past eight years, only wishing she had kept track of how many she made.
Rose Ann was always so grateful to the family and friends who came to visit. Whatever conversation, pictures, food, or prayers they shared, whether in person, by phone, or by mail, she appreciated every single one. Despite hard times, Rose Ann’s faith remained and she looked forward to her church’s homebound communion ministry every week and the wonderful people who visited.
Rose Ann was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Aside from getting married, she said her happiest moments in life were when she gave birth to her daughters, Audrey and Karen. When the family grew with two son-in-laws, John and Michael, she was so thankful and proud of the good men that stood beside her daughters. Being Grammie to Natalie and Julia brought her so much joy and she cherished every minute she spent with them. At the core of the family, though, was Ed and Rose Ann’s strong marriage and their devotion to each other. How fitting it is to honor her memory on their anniversary, October 11th. Ed was her guardian angel on earth and was by her side through it all.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests special Mass intentions for Rose Ann.
VISITATION: Tuesday, October 10, 2023, from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, October 11, 2023 10:30 a.m., at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. followed by INTERMENT at 12:30pm at Omaha National Cemetery.