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Rose Josephine Gentle

March 29, 1919 September 15, 2013
Rose Josephine Gentle
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Obituary for Rose Josephine Gentle

Rose Josephine "Babe" Gentle, 94, died Sunday, September 15, 2013, at Northbrook Manor Care Center in Cedar Rapids.
     Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton with Father Ardel Barta as Celebrant. Memorial visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the church. Inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.
     Babe was born March 29, 1919, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Nellie Mercurio Gentle.  She graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School in 1938.
     Babe worked for many years in her parents’ store, Gentle’s Fruit and Vegetable Market in Waterloo, and then in Vinton. She also owned a picture-framing business for over 10 years before retiring. She was a lady of many talents.
     Babe lived in Vinton until 1993 and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She then resided in Cedar Rapids until moving to Marion in 2007 where she was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
     Babe is survived by two sisters: Dolly Bridge-Kauffman and Dorothy Gentle, both of Marion; her nephew, Joseph (Sonja) Bridge of Cedar Rapids; and her great-niece, Stephanie (James Heistand) Bridge of Hiawatha.
     She was preceded in death by her parents.

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