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Rosalie Amaryllis (Birks) Probasco was born July 1, 1928, to R. Clay and Garphelia (Knauss) Birks near Beebeetown, Iowa. She was raised in the Logan area, attended Jeddo Country School, and graduated from Logan High School in 1945. Rosalie then went on to teach country school. Rosalie married William Probasco on February 7, 1949, at the First Christian Church Parsonage in Woodbine. The couple lived east of Woodbine and farmed until 1986. They cleaned the United Methodist Church for 22 years. Rosalie also worked as a substitute teacher, in the kitchen at Rose Vista Nursing Home and at the Tea Room in Woodbine. Bill died on June 28, 2009.
Rosalie was a member of the First Christian Church in Woodbine. She enjoyed reclaiming material and making the material into a quilt and then giving each family member a quilt. She also donated quilts for raffles. Rosalie enjoyed painting wood crafts that Bill made. Her trademark was a little heart on the wood crafts and on the quilts. She also enjoyed big band music. Rosalie particularly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Rosalie died on Monday, September 5, 2016, at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa at the age of 88 years, two months and four days.
Rosalie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill Probasco; and two brothers Manley and James (Muriel) Birks. She is survived by her three children, Gene (Ronda) Probasco of Woodbine, Iowa, Kay (Norris) Vetter of Lincoln, Nebraska, Jeff Probasco of Woodbine, Iowa; 18 grand-children; 23 great grandchildren; brother, Eugene (Sharol) Birks of Hungry Horse, Montana; two sisters-in-law, Susie Birks of Jacksonville, Florida; Lillian (Murlyn) Ronk, of Dunlap, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.
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