Elaine "Rose" (Rosene) Oles (1932 - 2012)

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BETTENDORF – Elaine "Rose" Oles, 80, a resident of Bettendorf passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island, Ill.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1809 Mississippi Blvd., in Bettendorf where she was a long-time and devoted member. Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church. Private committal services will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery.
She was born January 7, 1932 in Rowley, the daughter of Lawrence W. and Hulda (Thedens) Rosene and was a 1953 graduate of the Iowa State Teacher's College (now known as the University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls. On June 12, 1954, she was united in marriage to Raymond W. Oles in Rowley. He preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 1982.
Rose was an accomplished pianist and taught piano for over 50 years. In earlier years, she had also served as an accompanist at the Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley High Schools.
As a loyal member of Asbury, she sang in the choir and performed in the bell choir for many years. In addition, she was a member of the P.E.O. Chapter GW, the Original Music Students Club, the Federated Teachers Association, the Quad-City Music Teachers Association and a 40-year member of the Handel Oratorio Society. Rose also volunteered for many years for the Quad-City Symphony and the John Deere Classic Golf Tournament.
She loved music, enjoyed playing golf with her friends, was an avid bridge player and also did needlepoint in her spare time.
Those left to honor her memory include her daughter, Laura (Lee) Strub of New Brighton, Minn.; her sons, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Gary (Debra) Oles of Jacksonville, N.C. and Mark (Amy) Oles of Francestown, N.H.; her grandchildren, Brandon Strub, Courtney Strub, Ashley Oles, Zachary (Kaitlyn) Oles and Elizabeth Oles; her brothers, Norman (Shirley) Rosene of Rowley and L. Benjamin (Jan) Rosene of Bloomington, Minn.; and many other relatives and wonderful friends.
In addition to her husband, Rose was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Sara Elaine Oles; her sister, Vanda Rosene Hanna; and by her parents.
McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, 644 River Dr., Bettendorf, are in charge of arrangements.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Dec. 11 to Dec. 29, 2012