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Obituary for Rose Ann Ginnow (Gunther)

Rose Ann Ginnow (Gunther) was born on July 30th, 1942 in Las Animas, CO to George Sindelar Gunther and Lillie Mae Gunther (Wright). She passed away on October 13th, 2018 in Lakewood, CO.

At the time of Rosie’s birth, George and Lil were living on the Wright farm, in Las Animas County, which her grandfather, James Grant Wright, was granted as a homestead in 1912. This was the farm where her mother, Lil, along with her two siblings, grew up in one of the iconic Sears homes of the early 1900’s.

Rosie’s father, George, was from Arvada CO. He was one of eleven children who grew up on a farm outside of Arvada. The Gunther family also owned the land where the Shrine of St. Anne Catholic Church in Arvada currently stands.

George and Lil, along with their three daughters - Linda, Rosie and Mary - moved to Westminster in 1947. This is where Rosie grew up and attended school. She was an excellent student, receiving many honors. She was both Sophomore and Senior Class President, and was a Colorado State Student Council Officer. She was a baton twirler for the band. She played the violin. She played basketball in the Girl’s Athletic Association. She was the runner up in the Miss Westminster pageant in 1960. She was Head Girl her senior year at Westminster High School. With all these accomplishments, it is not surprising that Rosie was chosen as “The Most Likely to Succeed” in her senior year book.

Rosie received a Bachelors Degree in Education from Colorado State College (now the University of Northern Colorado) in Greeley. She taught in the Cherry Creek, Las Vegas, and Westminster School Districts. She also loved coaching synchronized swimming. She was very proud of the fact that one of her students competed in the Junior Olympics.

Rosie loved life. She loved her family. She loved her friends. She loved her church. She loved singing in the choir. She loved ringing bells. She loved tending a garden. She loved to laugh.

Unfortunately, there were dark periods in her life when the laughter did not come easily. Living with mental illness most of her adult life, she faced many sad and lonely times.

Through it all, she maintained her faith. She felt that her calling in life was to help others who were also living with mental illness. She knew the loneliness that this disease can bring. She knew how much it meant to have a visitor, to see a friendly face. She led by example. She loved people and people loved her.

She lived eleven wonderful years with the generous, loving and accepting people at Villa Manor Care Center. They also know how much it means to see a friendly face, to provide loving care. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Rosie’s memory to the music and recreation department at Villa Manor (see below for address). Those activities gave Rosie so much Joy! She loved to sing and did so with great gusto!

She is survived by her son Jonathan Ginnow (Elizabeth Emmerling-Ginnow); baby granddaughter Eloise Rose Ginnow (Rosie’s first grandchild); sister Linda Nielsen (Gene Nielsen); niece GiGi Nielsen (Lisa Jones); nephew Alan Nielsen (Robin Nielsen); great-niece Aubrie Hernandez (Jonathan Hernandez); great-nephew Conner Nielsen (Morgan Nielsen); sister Mary St. Onge; niece Colette Pederson (Rich Pederson); great-niece Kendal Pederson; great-nephew Ian Pederson; nephew Shane St. Onge; and a large extended family.

Let’s follow in Rosie’s footsteps. Let’s not forget those living with mental illness. Let’s love each other while there is still time, we pass through this life only once.

Memorial Sevice:
Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 2:00 pm.
Villa Manor Care Center
7950 W. Mississippi Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80226
(303) 986-4511

Memorial Donations:
Villa Manor Care Center Music and Recreation Department
7950 W. Mississippi Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80226

Westminster Presbyterian Church
3990 W. 74th Ave.
Westminster, CO 80030