Obituary for Rosalie Kipp (Morris)
Rosalie Morris (Pechulis) Kipp passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, in Pleasant Prairie, WI, surrounded by her family. She was 79 years old.
Rose is survived by her daughters, Sherry Ludwig, Kelly Pechulis McClellan and Shelly Maestranzi; Rose’s brother, Max Morris and sister-in-law Carol Morris, brother, Jan Morris (deceased) as well as eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many cousins, all of whom deeply respect and treasure her.
Born in Farmer City, IL, on April 12, 1938, to Geneva Morris (nee Kirkland) and Edward Morris. Rosalie grew up under the influences of her beloved Grandmother and namesake, Rosa Kirkland. Grandma Kirkland was Rosalie’s teacher of values, a strict work ethic and instilled in her a reverence of family.
Rose (as she later became known as) began teaching at the age of 19 and dedicated more than 30 years to the classroom. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. After teaching 2nd grade for several years in Antioch, IL, she married Joseph Pechulis in 1957 and had three girls. She stayed home to raise her family until they were grown then taught 4th grade at BJ Hooper in Lindenhurst and Pleviak School in Lake Villa, IL. Her values of discipline and integrity in the classroom became guiding principles of her home; balancing her daughters’ activities and lessons, teaching and family functions.
Her zest for life and ever present red lipstick caught the attention of Edward Kipp, who would become the love of her second phase in life. Her bubbly flair was a perfect match to his witty, curated cynicism. They wed in 1989 in an intimate ceremony surrounded by family.
Equally plucky and prudent, she retired young in 1994, and Rose and Ed moved from Gurnee, IL, to Plano, TX, to focus on her second calling — leisure. Rose truly loved life and enjoyed gardening, dancing, traveling, music, piano playing and singing.
Daughter Kelly and her son, Kevin followed them to Texas in 1996, where they lived nearby for the next 20 years. Daughter Shelly and her 3 children joined the move to Texas in 2010.
One of the most discerning dessert enthusiasts around, Rose’s table was a gathering spot for both unflinching honesty and authentic, snorting laughs, shared over sweet treats and coffee.
After Edward passed in 2009, Rose’s circle of friends helped her with shopping, dinners, neighborhood parties and handyman fixes.
In 2016, Rose moved back to the Midwest to live with her daughter Sherry and her husband, Dale who were steadfast in their care for her.
It was Rose’s continually peppy personality and sunny disposition which made a lasting impression on all of the lives she touched throughout the years.
In lieu of a memorial, her immediate and extended family will honor Rose’s wishes with a Celebration of Life and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner together which was her favorite holiday.
As an alternative to flowers, the family requests that you support your local school, or give a teacher a well-deserved acknowledgement.
Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street Kenosha, WI, 53144
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