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Rosalie T. (Gates) Thede

December 10, 1917 ~ July 29, 2018 (age 100)
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Rosalie Gates Thede, 100 of Aledo passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at home. Her eventful life spanned the unforgettable 20th Century and continued into the 21st. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Catherine’s Church, Aledo, IL at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 3rd. Burial is at Aledo Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 2nd at Fippinger’s Funeral Home, Aledo, IL with the Holy Rosary being recited at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Geneseo Historical Museum, St. Catherine’s Church, the Mercer County Family YMCA, or the donor’s favorite charity. Fippinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be left at

Rosalie Thede was born on December 10, 1917 in Mercer County, the daughter of Phyllis Crapnell Gates and Clarence R. Gates, Jr. She graduated from the Villa de Chantal, Rock Island and attended Marycrest College, Davenport.

Rosalie married Robert J. Thede, February 8, 1941. He died December 17, 1968.

She served in the Navy Relief Board at Camp Endicott, Davisville, Rhode Island, a Seabee Base where her husband was stationed as a Naval Disbursing Officer during World War II. She later served as a trustee of St. Catherine’s Church and also was a former Director on the Board of Oak View Country Club.

Memberships also included Aledo Art Guild, Geneseo Historical Society, Mercer County Historical Society, Mercer County Hospital Auxiliary, Figge Museum, Quad City Symphony, and the Quad City Botanical Center.

She enjoyed music, the arts, golf, bridge, gardening, travel, and was an avid reader.

Rosalie was also a great lover of dogs, owning several cocker spaniels and dachshunds over the course of her lifetime including dachshund “Dutch” whom her great-grandchildren were particularly fond of.

While she loved being with family, friends, pets, and in her yard with her flowers, her special joy was in her two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Survivors include granddaughter Margo and husband Curtis Brookens, Crystal Lake, Illinois; grandson Michael and wife Diane Thede, St. Charles, Missouri; great-grandchildren Emma Katherine Thede, William Parker Thede, Hannah Rose Brookens and Abigail Grace Brookens. In addition, Rosalie is survived by several nieces in Florida.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, son William, her parents, and brother Robert Gates.

Rosalie’s grandchildren Margo and Michael wish to express their heartfelt thanks to her loving caregivers of these past several months for their selfless love and compassion. They also thank the many people their grandmother enjoyed the friendship of over the years of her life; in particular, the warmth and kindness she received from her community neighbors in the city of Aledo.

Donations may be made to:

St. Catherine's Catholic Church
106 NE 4th Street, Aledo IL 61231
Tel: 1-309-582-7500

Mercer County Family YMCA
401 SW 2nd Ave, Aledo IL 61231

Geneseo Historical Museum
205 S State St, Geneseo IL 61254

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