Rose Kittleson is August resident of the month

Rose was born in Waukon, Iowa to Guy and Hilma Ahlstrom on March 20, 1924. She attended school in Waukon and graduated from High School there.  She has two brothers and one sister.

After graduation she went to Washington DC with a distant cousin to help them. She eventually worked as a typist for U.S. News and World report in Washington DC.

She met her future husband, Kenneth Kittleson, at Barges Restaurant in Decorah the fall of 1944. Ten days after they met, he asked her to marry her. Rose did not want to be a June bride so they got married May 31, 1945.  After they were married, they lived in Decorah for five years. They eventually purchased a farm which Rose still owns. They have one daughter, Kris who now lives in Decorah. Rose has two grandchildren, Travis who has Decorah bicycles and Melissa who is a vet in Ohio.

Rose worked at Ben Franklin and Anthony’s in Decorah as well as doing a lot of yard work on the farm. Her husband traveled a lot with his job as a Soil Scientist for the Soil Conservation Services.  Rose counter cross stitched over 150 beautiful pictures which she has framed. She has several in her room and changes them with the season. Rose also loves reading Westerns. Her and her husband spent 4 winters traveling south in a motor home. Her husband passed away in 2000. Rose lived at Wellington Assisted Living before joining us. Congratulations Rose on being August resident of the month!