Family Login:


Share This Obituary
Send Flowers
 Send Flowers


Memories & Candles

“My condolences go out the Mikels family. Tony Shriver ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: Tony Shriver - Centerville, IA

“She was a very nice lady and she will be greatly missed. Our condolencesgo out to the family.From the Ewing family: Matthew, Margery and Marilyn ”
2 of 25 | Posted by: Margery Davison - Centerville, IA

“To Rodney & Karen, Sorry to read of your recent loss- she'll be missed, I'm sure, but she would have to be doing something. She can find lots of...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Dean Stocker - IA

“My dear friend Dorothy, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. I pray for you to fine strength to deal with the hurt that you are...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Wanda Nunn - Evansville, IN

“my heart goes out to the mikels family and wells family. rosemary was the most kindest, compassionate, and, caring person that i know. i have known...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Cory Stansberry - moulton, IA

“Karen I'm very sorry for youre loss. Hope you remember me . When I got my drivers liscence you let me drive by myself. I have never forgotten that...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: ruth peel - Newton, KS

“Prayers for you in your loss of this wonderful lady. What a tribute to a wonderful giving life, you all that knew her her will ever forget. Her...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Barb Sander - Centerville, IA

“Rosemary was the kindest,sweetest,loving and compassionate woman I know. she would do anything for anyone. she opened her home her heart and her love...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: melinda opperman - centerville, IA

“Rosemary was a strong and powerful woman in a tiny package! She enlightened and enriched the lives of those she touched, mine included. I am...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Gayla Sharp - Centerville, IA

“Our prayers are with you all. Rosemary was a special woman. She will be missed. God Bless all of you as you deal with this great loss. Roger and...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Roger Griffing - Centerville, IA

“My condolences to the family. My thoughts are with you. ”
11 of 25 | Posted by: Winona Lawson Whitaker - IA

“Thanks to Rosemary & Gerald I am the wonderful woman I am today. Rosemary & Gerald not only welcomed me into their home as one of their own BUT they...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Brenda Selvy - Centerville, IA

“Kids Don't ever think your grandma did'nt have a great since of humor,because she did lol!I remember once she recieved a phone call,from a gung ho...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Richard Williams - Trenton, MO

“Hi my name is Joshua Michael simmons I want to just say I'm so sorry for everyone's lose it was a very big lose for for me because rosemary was once...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Joshua simmons - Centerville, IA

“Rosemary was always a very wonderful lady. My 2 youngest boys was in her care for quite sometime and she was good to the boys and to my self. A woman...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Beverly Caraccio - Centerville, IA

“I came to know Rosemary at Golden Age when she came to visit her husband. She was always thinking of someone else instead of herself. We miss her...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Dalene Hamilton - Centerville, IA

“Paula and family I was so sorry to hear about Rosemary. My thoughts will be with you. Rosemary was a good lady. ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: Connie VanBlaricom - Deltona, FL

“I worked with Rosemary for many years. She had an amazing ability to love other people's children, to be nurturing and firm at the same time. She was...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Bonnie Martin - Former Co-Worker

“Because I'm a social worker I've known Rosemary for a very long time. She was not just a great foster parent she was a loving parent and grandmother...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Nell Gates - Centerville, IA

“Thinking of you all during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss., she will be tremendously missed ”
20 of 25 | Posted by: deb & Rick Henkle - Cinainnati, IA

“Rosemary was selfless person. She has touched so many people and was always available to be that "listening ear" and give her guidance. She aided in...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Julie Hengstenberg - Glenwood, IA

“Our condolences Paula and the rest of your family! Rosemary was one of the strongest-willed women I've known!! ”
22 of 25 | Posted by: Jerry Power - Moravia, IA

“May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. You are in our thoughts, our, hearts and our prayers. ”
23 of 25 | Posted by: Mark and Thelma Smothers

“Prayers sent to all of you. She was a very nice person. No words can heal your heart, but know that you are all in my prayers. ”
24 of 25 | Posted by: Mona Berry - Numa, IA - friend

“My condolences to the family. Everybody was family to Rosemary. She accepted and loved everybody regardless of their circumstances, allowed...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Jackie Sharp - Centerville, IA


Love Emblem

Rosemary Mikels, 78 of Centerville, Iowa passed away surrounded by her loved ones on Oct 10, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

Rosemary was born on March 5th, 1937 in Centerville, Iowa, to Beulah(Boyer) Quick and Charles Quick. She attended Centerville High School. Rosemary was united in marriage to Martin (Whitey) Burkland in 1954, with this marriage came two daughters, Dana Carrillo, Paula (John) Wells. They were later divorced.

It was in 1976 she married Charles E. Miller, where she was blessed with three more daughters, Rachel (Miller) Collins, Dorothy (Miller) Sager, (Danny) and Heather Dawn Miller. Charles was later deceased.

In 1981 Rosemary married her life-long companion, Gerald E. Mikels and with this marriage, the two families became one, with the addition of Karen (Chester) Engle and Rodney Mikels (friend Sara Brummett).

Over the years Rosemary worked at the Moravia School as a cook, she was also employed at McGraw Edison Co, Chamberlin's Manufacturing, George and Nicks, and Carter Waters.

It was in 1985 that her and Gerald opened their home and hearts to children in need, by registering as Foster Parents of Iowa. This was not only a career for Rosemary, but her passion. Her satisfaction in life was being able to give her love and guidance to others and watch them succeed. Over the 22 years that she and Gerald opened their home, they were blessed with nearly 500 foster children. The love and compassion they showed earned them "Foster Parents of the Year Award" and several different volunteer of Iowa awards. Rosemary and Gerald also mentored parents to foster care licensure, and gave birth parents skills training for raising of their children. Her love didn't stop there, she continually gave to anyone in need, young or old.

She was known for her fried chicken, homemade chocolate chip cookies and the unforgettable sticky bun rolls. Holidays were a family tradition with Rosemary, she filled her home with too much food and opened the doors to anyone, family or not. She was also known for her talent of sewing over the years, for daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters.
Rosemary was given the nickname "Rosebud" from her son-in-law, Johnny, which has carried on throughout the years.

Rosemary is survived by her husband, Gerald Mikels; her daughters, Paula (John) Wells of Cincinnati, Iowa, Dana Carrillo of Centerville, Iowa, Rachel Collins of Numa, Iowa, Dorothy(Danny) Sager of Lafayette, Indiana; her step-children, Karen (Chester) Engle, Rodney Mikels (friend Sara Brummett); her sister, Maxine McKern of Winterset, Iowa; grandchildren, Jill Wells, Sabrina Wells, Angela(Justin)Beals, Lydia(Brett)Mihalovich all of Cincinnati, Iowa, Callie Collins, Tucker Collins, Cherody Shiltz, all of Centerville, Iowa, David Sager, Dawn Sager, DeAnna Sager, and Denae Sager all of Lafayette, Indiana; two special members of the family, Richard Williams of Trenton, Missouri and Angie Widmer of Clarkdale, Iowa; Great-grandchildren, Bradyn, Kennedee, Maddi, Rowdy, Harvester, and Blayne.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Heather Miller; special aunt, Mary Ball of Centerville, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Faith United Methodist Church on Hwy 5 in Centerville, Iowa, with Pastor Joan Ervin and Danny Sager officiating. Burial will follow in the Main Station Cemetery, near Moravia, Iowa. A luncheon will follow the committal service at the Faith United Methodist Church in Centerville. A visitation will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, with the family present from 6-8pm. Memorials have been designated to Iowa Kids Net of Appanoose County and can be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 South 18th Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.