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Rose Marie McAlister

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Rose Marie McAlister, 85, of Bayard, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, at Thomas Rest Haven Nursing Home in Coon Rapids.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bayard. Celebrant will be Father Ray Higgins. Mass servers will be Max Shirbroun, Eli McAlister, Preston McAlister and Aaron McAlister. Gift bearers will be Morgen Hart, Bridget Shirbroun, Cora McAlister and Natalee Hart. Lector will be Brad McAlister. Music will be by vocalist Kim Betts and organist Mary Jane Carothers. Casket bearers will be Michael McAlister, Russell McAlister, Patrick McAlister, Kelly McAlister, Jimmie McAlister Jr. and Brian McAlister. Honorary casket bearers will be Rose’s grandchildren. Interment will be at Highland Township Cemetery, Bayard.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, with rosary at 7 p.m. at Annunciation Parish Hall in Coon Rapids.

Ohde Funeral Home in Bayard ( is in charge of arrangements.

Rose Marie, daughter of Peter and Barbara (Schulte) O’Tool, was born Nov. 11, 1935, in Auburn, Iowa. She grew up in Breda and graduated from St. Angela Academy in Carroll in 1954. Rose then worked at A&W as a car hop.

On May 1, 1954, Rose married Jimmie Dean McAlister at St. Joseph Catholic 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 Catholic 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.

Rose is survived by nine children: Michael McAlister and wife Mari of Bayard; Russell McAlister and wife Mona of Cairo, Missouri; Patrick McAlister and wife Ann of Bayard; Kelly McAlister and wife Kimberlee of Evansville, Indiana; Marilee Collier of Coon Rapids; Kathleen and husband Jeffrey Carstens of Bayard; Jimmie Dean McAlister Jr. and wife Robin of Perry; Ann and husband Brad Shirbroun of Coon Rapids; and Brian McAlister and wife Angie of Coon Rapids; 41 grandchildren; 85 great-grandchildren; a sister Iola Muhlbauer of Manning; a brother-in-law Rod McAlister and wife Sandy of Jewell; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Jimmie McAlister; granddaughter Tiffany McAlister; 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.

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