Alma Rowe, 93, Luverne, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.
A memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne with fellowship one hour prior to service. Burial of cremains will be in the St. Catherine Cemetery in Luverne. A time of fellowship will be from 5-8 p.m. with Parish Prayers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne.
Alma Heitkamp was born March 1, 1923, in Onley Township, to Joseph and Mary (Honermann) Heitkamp. She attended St. Adrian Parochial School.
Alma married Burdell Rowe on Sept. 7, 1943, at St. Adrian Catholic Church in Adrian. The couple made their home on a farm near Little Rock Township until 1948, when they moved to Luverne. Alma worked as a sales clerk and office manager in her husband’s auction business. She also showed and trained horses. She was the last charter officer of the Mrs. Jaycees in Luverne. She began working for Dr. F.R. Bertrand, DDS, in 1958 as a dental assistant and bookkeeper until his retirement in 1980. When the practice was purchased by Dr. David Paquette, Alma continued to work for him until her retirement in 1995.
Upon her retirement, Alma became very active in Luverne Senior Citizens and Senior Dining along with Burdell. She was an active member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne and served as vice president of St. Catherine’s LCCW in 1953 and as president in 1954. Alma enjoyed crocheting. She had a great interest in sports of all kind, especially those involving her children and grandchildren.
Alma is survived by her son, Joe (Carrie) Rowe, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; her daughter, Shirley (Bob) Vanden Hoek, Edina; six grandchildren, Christine (Joe) Wallraf, Paul (Melissa) Vanden Hoek, Kate (Jim) Glogowski, Mary (Bob) Taylor, Megan (Luke) Morrison and Kelly (Chris) Peterson; thirteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Burdell Rowe, on Feb. 23, 2016; seven brothers, Henry, Anthony, Albert, Edward, Lawrence, Bernard and Joseph Heitkamp; and three sisters, Bertha Kunkel, Viola Hamman and Agnes Heitkamp.
Arrangements are by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, dingmannandsons.com.