Rose L. McIlhone

June 15, 1940 – Nov. 15, 2010

Rose L. McIlhone of Waukesha died unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at the age of 70. She was born June 15, 1940, in Stevens Point, the daughter of Edwin and Theresa (nee Schultz) Derezinski.

Rose graduated from Maria High School in Stevens Point, where she enjoyed being a member of the drum and bugle corps. After attending Alverno College, she graduated from the Wisconsin State College at Stevens Point with a degree in home economics. Rose was united in marriage to John McIlhone on Aug. 7, 1965; he preceded her in death May 24, 2006. In her younger years, she was a school teacher for a short time. Rose worked for St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waukesha as a home economist for several priests for more than 20 years and later worked in the parish office. She was also a past member and president of Christian Mothers. In her retirement, she continued working as a volunteer at St. Mary’s in all aspects of the church. She enjoyed her Friday night "Fish Club." Rose had a special quality of being able to make friends wherever she went.

Rose will be deeply missed by her three children, Jennifer McIlhone of Milwaukee, Katie (Jim) Heraty of Chicago and Michael (Amanda) McIlhone of Milwaukee; two grandchildren, Haley and William Heraty; and siblings, Anne (Jere) Fluno of Illinois, Frank (Judy) Derezinski of Minnesota, Richard (Sue) Derezinski of Stevens Point and Rita Derezinski of Georgia.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother, Norbert.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. funeral Mass on Saturday, Nov. 20, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha.

Memorials may be made in Rose’s name to Interfaith Senior Programs, 210 NW Barstow St., Suite 101, Waukesha, WI 53188; or JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Southeastern WI Chapter, 3333 N. Mayfair Road, Suite 107, Wauwatosa, WI 53222.

For further information, please contact Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave an online tribute.