August 6, 1951 - April 16, 2021
Hastings Funeral Home in Perry is in charge of arrangements for Rosella Marie Zimmerle, 69, of Adel. Rosella died April 16, 2021 at her home. Services are pending at this time. Rosella Marie Zimmerle, daughter of John Allen Nelson and Nina Rosella Coffin Nelson, was born August 6, 1951 in Jefferson, Iowa and died April 16, 2021 at her home in Adel, Iowa surrounded by her family. Rosella, known as “Rose” to her family and friends, graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1969. On February 7, 1969 Rosella and William “Bill” Robert Zimmerle Sr. were united in marriage at the Methodist Church in Grand Junction. The couple was blessed with a daughter Dawn Marie and son William Robert “Bill” Jr. The family made their home in Grand Junction until 1996 when Bill’s Co-op work took them to various locations throughout Iowa. For the last 17 years Rose and Bill have lived in Adel, Iowa. While the family was young, Rose worked part-time at several local businesses including Casey’s, Farm Bureau, and the local newspaper. She also became a foreign exchange student advisor for AYUSA. She would say her most important role was taking care of her family and the nine foreign exchange students she and Bill hosted over the years. Rose turned her passion for children and family advocacy into a formal career in social work after she received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Iowa State in 1995. She enjoyed reading and watching movies. With the ability to recite movie lines verbatim, some might say she was a movie trivia expert! Grandma Rose loved her grandchildren with all her heart. Whether it was playing in the pool, cheering at sports events, or just being silly, Rose loved spending time with all four of her granddaughters. Rose was preceded in death by her parents John and Nina, and brother William Nelson and his wife Diane. She is survived by her husband of 52 years William “Bill” Zimmerle Sr. of Adel; daughter Dawn Marie Taylor and her husband John of Phoenix, Arizona; son William “Bill” Zimmerle Jr. and his wife Carrie of Mason City; seven grandchildren: Addilyn Zimmerle, Madison Zimmerle, Aubrey Zimmerle, Ben Taylor and his fiancé Noel, Cooper Taylor and his wife Becky, Annaliese Miller, and Claire Taylor; one great-grandson Oliver Taylor; brother James “Jim” Nelson and his wife Deb of Jefferson; sister Carol Gower and her husband Rich of Jefferson; other relatives and many friends. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in Rose's honor to the Mercy Hospice Foundation (https://foundation.mercydesmoines.org/donate) or Children and Families of Iowa (https://cfiowa.org). The Zimmerle family will hold a celebration of life for Rose this summer. Details to be announced at a later date.
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