In loving memory of

Rose Marie McAlister
November 11, 1935 - September 22, 2021

Rose Marie, daughter of Peter and Barbara (Schulte) O'Tool, was born November 11, 1935, in Carroll and grew up in Auburn, Iowa. She graduated from St. Angela's Academy in 1954. Rose then worked at A&W as a car hop.
On May 1, 1954, Rose was united in marriage with Jimmie Dean McAlister at St. Joseph's Church in Carroll. Nine children were born to this union. Rose and Jimmie then lived in Charles City and Tama. In 1955, they moved to Bayard where Jimmie established McAlister Parts & Equipment and Rose worked as a stay-at-home mom. She also sorted corn at Garst and Thomas, and worked as a funeral attendant at Ohde Funeral Home for several years.
Rose was a member of St. Patrick's Church and the Ladies Guild. She also served on the Bayard Library Board and the Bayard Nursing Home Board. She enjoyed playing cards, Yahtzee, going to the casino, drinking coffee, and playing games with her grandchildren. Rose tolerated her family at great length. Her straightforwardness about her faith greatly influenced her children.
After Jimmie died in 1999, Rose continued to reside in their home until 2015 when she moved into Park View Assisted Living. In 2019, Rose became a resident of Thomas Rest Haven Nursing Home where she passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. She was 85 years of age.
Besides her parents, Rose is preceded in death by her husband Jimmie McAlister; one granddaughter Tiffany McAlister; two grandsons Thomas McAlister and Joseph Daniel McAlister; sisters: Elvera (Clarence) Tiefenthaler and Marcille (Lawrence) Engel; brothers: Wilmer (Rosina) O'Tool, Marvin O'Tool, and Ivan (Bernice) O'Tool; three sisters-in-law: Lorraine McAlister, Dolores Roberts, and Izetta Wilson; and three brothers-in-law: Iris J. "Mac" McAlister, Loren McAlister and William (Bill) Muhlbauer.
Rose is survived by nine children: Michael McAlister & wife Mari of Bayard; Russell McAlister & wife Mona of Cairo, Missouri; Patrick McAlister & wife Ann of Bayard; Kelly McAlister & his wife Kimberlee of Evansville, Indiana; Marilee Collier of Coon Rapids; Kathleen & husband Jeffrey Carstens of Bayard; Jimmie Dean McAlister Jr. and wife Robin of Perry; Ann & husband Brad Shirbroun of Coon Rapids; Brian McAlister & wife Angie of Coon Rapids; 41 grandchildren; 85 great-grandchildren; a sister Iola Muhlbauer of Manning; a brother-in-law Rod McAlister & wife Sandy of Jewell; and by many other relatives and friends.

In Loving Memory of Rose Marie McAlister

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 10:30 AM at St. Patrick's Church, Bayard, Iowa

Celebrant is Rev. Ray Higgins

Mass Servers are Max Shirbroun, Eli McAlister, Preston McAlister and Aaron McAlister

Gift Bearers are Morgen Hart, Bridget Shirbroun, Cora McAlister and Natalee Hart

Lector is Brad McAlister

Music by Kim Betts, Vocalist and Mary Jane Carothers, Organist

Casket Bearers are Michael McAlister, Russell McAlister, Patrick McAlister, Kelly McAlister, Jimmie McAlister Jr. and Brian McAlister

Honorary Casket Bearers are Rose's Grandchildren

Interment at Highland Township Cemetery, Bayard, Iowa


Char Schlepp wrote on Sep 24, 2021:

"To the family of Rosie, so enjoyed meeting and having Rosie be a part of my Mom?s stay in the assisted living. Your family was so good to my Mom in her last days as well. Thinking of you all hugs and prayers"

Bill Ohde wrote on Sep 24, 2021:

"Hi from Bill Ohde. So sorry to hear about Rosie. It has been probably 30 years since I worked with her at the funeral home. She was always happy and positive and made others feel the same. I have fond memories of her. My best wishes to you all. "

Becky "Little Becky Boo Boo" O'Tool Bianchi wrote on Sep 24, 2021:

"This lady left a huge impact on my life. She was always there for a hug and words of encouragement. Her house was always open and never had to knock. She always had a smile on her face that will be missed, I even got a smile and laugh at the end. Prayers for the family - Michael, Russ, Pat (known as her Patty), Kelly, Marilee, Kathy, Jimmy, Annie and Brian and the rest of the family."