Rose C. Wilken


Rose C. Wilken, nee Becker, age 87 of Carlyle, passed away at her home on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Rose was born on November 16, 1930, on the family farm in Bartelso, the sixth of seven children of Frank and Helen, nee Meyer, Becker. She married Henry “Hank” Wilken on September 25, 1951, and he preceded her in death on April 1, 2013.

She is survived by her nine children, Rachel Wilken of Canton, MI, Daniel Wilken of Carlyle, Jeanne Wilken of Colorado Springs, CO, Kathy Richardson… and husband Jim of Pueblo West, CO, Patty Smith and husband Lee of Arvada, CO, Michael Wilken and wife Colleen of Agoura Hills, CA, Alan Wilken and wife Kelly of Hampton, VA, John Wilken and wife Kristi of rural Carlyle, and Mark Wilken and wife Holly of Coal Valley, IL; 10 grandchildren James Smith of Boulder, CO, Rebecca Diaz and husband Jared of Pueblo, CO, Antoinette Townsend and husband Skip of Thornton, CO, Danielle Steiner and husband Brandon of Highland, Matt Wilken of Highland, Molly Keimach and husband Andy of San Diego, CA, Anna Wilken of Agoura Hills, CA, Jessica Wilken of Hampton, VA, Tyler Wilken of Carlyle and Jenna Wilken of Coal Valley, IL, and 3 great grandchildren.

Also surviving are her in-laws – Gertrude Becker, Richard, Betty, and Jeanette Wilken, of Carlyle, Tony Wilken of Jackson, MS, Irvin Luebbers of Breese, Mary Reis of Horn Lake, MS, and Helen and Edward Monken of Beaver Prairie.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by siblings and in-laws – Lawrence Becker, Frank and Therese Marie Becker, Paul and Sally Becker, Robert and Blanche Becker, Agnes and Joe Kampwerth, Loretta and Bill Mueller, Gertrude Luebbers and Betty Wilken.

Rose raised nine children and passed on her and Hank’s strong moral character and work ethic to their children. She taught her daughters the lost art of embroidery and crafted many heirloom quilts. For almost two decades, she supervised her children’s Centralia Sentinel paper routes, which at one time included 500 customers in Carlyle. In her later years after Hank retired, they took many sightseeing trips throughout the United States and Germany. After Hank passed in 2013, her favorite pastimes included spending time with her children and grandchildren, watching her birds, her flower garden, and rooting for the Chicago Cubs.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at St. Mary’s Church with Fr. George Mauck, celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mrs. Wilken are suggested to St. Mary’s Church and will be received at the church or at Zieren Funeral Home.

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