Rosalee E. Coghlan, 82, of Marion, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Cedar Manor Nursing Home in Tipton, Iowa. Per her wishes, there will be no public services. A private family funeral service will be held Friday, Dec. 11, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion, Iowa. Burial will take place at Oak Shade Cemetery in Marion.
Rosalee was born Dec. 29, 1937, in New Boston, Iowa, the daughter of Walter and Iva (Bell) Slater. She was the youngest of 10 children. After graduating from high school, Rosalee attended Iowa Wesleyan University and earned her teaching degree. She went on to teach for the Marengo, Lisbon and Marion school districts.
On June 5, 1960, Rosalee was united in marriage to Ronald D. Coghlan and moved to Marion, Iowa, where they raised their family. Rosalee left teaching to focus on her family, returning to work in 1975. She began teaching preschool at Kiddies Corner Daycare and Preschool in Marion until it closed. Rosalee then began her own in home daycare. She had a positive impact on hundreds of children. Rosalee loved her family and will be lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Rosalee is survived and lovingly remembered by her four children and their families, Rhonda (Mike) Taylor of Tipton, and their children, Adam (Megan), Hollee (Jeremy), Michele, Erik, Gina (Cody), Cory and B. Hayden, Bob (Melinda) Coghlan of Quasqueton, Iowa, and their children, Allison, Aaron, Veronica and Nile, Shelley (John) O'Neill of Marion and their children, Elaina (Elliott), Shane and Abby, Kyle (Shannon) Coghlan of Marion and their children, Kaitlyn, Caleb and Jakob; seven great-grandchildren, Emily, Ava, Kingsley, Konrad, Kilian, Kohen and Kennedy, and a great-grandson due in March; one brother, Marvin (Betty) Slater of Keokuk, Iowa; one sister, Garnett (Harold) Swanson of Burlington, Iowa; sister-in-law, Carolyn (Larry) Glandon of State Center, Iowa; brother-in-law, Robert (Jackie) Coghlan of Lindhurst, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ron Coghlan; parents, Walter and Iva Slater; five sisters, Edith Barnes, Violet Becket, Ruby Foley, Ruthina Anderson and Alberta Lange; and two brothers, Walter and Vinton Slater.
Rosalee's family wishes to thank her healthcare team for the exceptional care given. Andrea Wulf, ARNP, Lindsay and the team of Above and Beyond Hospice Care and the incredible staff at Cedar Manor Nursing Home in Tipton for the love and care shown to mom. There are angels among us.
Memorials in Rosalee's memory may be directed to Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service,t 3855 Katz Dr., Marion, IA 52302, attention to Rosalee's family.
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