Rose Snitker

Rose A. Snitker, 73, of Waukon died Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at her home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 1 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon with Pastor Bryan Robertson officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Rose Ann Snitker was born November 26, 1947 in Waukon, the daughter of Edwin Thomas and Evelyn Charlotte (Glaus) Andregg. While in high school, Rose worked in the Superintendent’s office and right after graduating, she became the secretary at West Elementary School in Waukon, retiring in 2016 after 50 years of service.

June 29, 1973, she married Virgil Lawrence Snitker at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon. She and Virgil loved to fish with her dad on the Mississippi River and also enjoyed playing cards. Rose met with her breakfast club almost daily at the S&D Café, loved reading and usually had several books going at once, and collected bird items. She was also a member at St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday School for several years. Rose was smart as a whip, but very private and tight-lipped.

She is survived by her three stepchildren: Michael Snitker of Decorah, Michelle (Eric) Bolhuis of Platteville, CO and Mark (Lynn) Snitker of Rollingstone, MN; five step-grandchildren: Allison (Terry) Dion of Greeley, CO, Garrett Bolhuis of Platteville, CO, and Brett, Peyton and Aiden Snitker of Rollingstone, MN; a brother-in-law, Bernard Pausch of Waukon; three sisters-in-law: Mary Ann Andregg of Lansing, and Kay Snitker and Kathy Snitker, both of Waukon; and several nieces and nephews.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Virgil, in 2009; two sisters: JoAnn (Bud) Johnson and Mary Pausch; and her brother, Charles “Chuck” Andregg.

Honorary casketbearers were Clark, Craig and Bruce Snitker. Casketbearers were Ben Holzworth, Eric Bolhuis, Dusty and Darren Snitker, Lane Lenth and Kyle Johnson.

Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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