Rose Marie Arnold

April 23, 1936 - April 14, 2009

Rose Marie Arnold, 72, of Oregon, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at St. Mary's Care Center. She was born April 23, 1936, in Waukesha, the daughter of Elizabeth Bliemeister Bartelmas.

Rose graduated from Waukesha High School, received a bachelorís degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a masterís degree in library science from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She married Edward W. Arnold on Aug. 25, 1956, at St. Josephís Catholic Church in Waukesha. Rose retired in 2007, after 30 years at the Legislative Reference Bureau in Madison. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, was an avid fan of science fiction movies and was an original "Trekkie." In the last years of her life, Rose greatly enjoyed her grandchildren.

Rose is survived by her six children, Kathleen Arnold of Madison, Peter (Christine) Arnold of Cottage Grove, Julie (Pat Godin) Arnold of Trescott, Maine, John (Mary) Arnold of Blue Mounds, Steven (Khristan) Arnold of Winchester, Va., and Michael (Tanya) Arnold of Cross Plains; and 10 grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah, Zami, Kira, Elizabeth, Ryan, Owen, Natalie, Makena and Aaron.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward W. Arnold; and half-brother, G. Ken Parker.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18 at Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church, 651 N. Main St., Oregon, with the Rev. Bill Connell presiding. Burial will be at St. Johnís Catholic Cemetery in Altdorf. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, April 17 at Gunderson Oregon Funeral Home, 431 Soden Drive, Oregon.

Gunderson Oregon Funeral & Cremation Centers, 431 Soden Drive, Oregon, is serving the family. For more information, please call (608) 835-3515 or visit www.gundersonfh.com.