Rosanne "Rose" Van Dyke, 56, of Dumont, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at Cedar Valley Hospice in Waterloo, Iowa.
Rose was born July 3, 1962, to Wilma and Francis Uthe. In the spring of 1969, the family moved to Dumont, and operated a gas station, café, and repair shop. Rose graduated from Dumont High School in 1980, where she was active in many sports. She graduated from UNI in 1984 with a BA in mathematics teaching and a minor in coaching. Rose started teaching and coaching at Iowa Falls High School the following fall. Rose married Steven Van Dyke on July 23, 1983. To this marriage, they raised two wonderful sons - Tyler and Tanner. They lived on an acreage north of Hansell, until March of 1990 when they bought the acreage south of Dumont. She taught 34 years in Iowa Falls and helped with the family tree business.
In May of 2017, Rose was diagnosed with Metaplastic breast cancer. She fought hard through the chemo and radiation. In March 2018, only one month after finishing radiation, the cancer came back in her lungs. She was unable to teach most of the 2017-2018 school year due to side effects of the chemo.
Rose enjoyed teaching high school mathematics, spending time with family and friends, biking, fishing, and gardening. In recent years she started sewing quilts and card making.
Rose is preceded in death by her husband Steve, parents (Francis & Wilma Uthe), her in-laws (Marlene & Henry Van Dyke) and many aunts and uncles. Rose is survived by her two sons Tyler of Hansell and Tanner and fiancé, Alex of West Des Moines. She is also survived by her siblings (Janice, Jeanette, Charlene, Mark, Chris, Connie, John, Joanney, Mary and Frank), in-laws Warren & Lollie Van Dyke, Aunt Pauline and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, Rose requested backpacks with school supplies for the Iowa Falls school district or food/monetary donation for the Hampton Food Pantry.
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Rose and I were roommates and friends at UNI. She was an amazing woman and loyal friend. She’s made an impact on her part of the world and on all that were blessed to know her. My sympathies to you all. Janice Gobble
Tyler and Tanner,
We send you our prayers at this difficult time. Your mom was such a positive person and always had a smile. Her love for both of you was evident to everyone. May this love sustain and guide you in the days and years ahead. We will be contributing to the backpacks in honor of your mom. God’s blessings to you and your family.
Tyler & family,
We are saddened by your loss. We are praying peace as you walk through this time.
Jim & Julie Sweers
Dear Family, We are indeed so sorry for your loss.
Karl and Jean Schilling
Family.....especially the boys....loosing both parents so young is certainly tragic. Coach and I send our sympathy and wish to tell you that although your time was short, your parents were wonderful people and will be with you and continue to teach you for many years ahead. Their faith will reassure you that it is important to hang onto Jesus and believe that you and they are never alone. Walk in the spirit of your mom... serving others her whole life. Our sympathy to you. We will be contributing towards the back packs...wonderful idea. Jerry and Kris shafrath
My heart hurts for you all. Rose was one of the kindest persons I have ever met. Heart of gold, love for her family, friends, students. Steve was my classmate and it was hard to see him go - now he and Rose are reunited for eternity. My love to Tyler, Tanner and all of Rose's family.
My prayers are with you, Tyler. I thought it was great that your mom would come to our Bears baseball practices and help once in a while. It showed me how much she loved you, and how much she liked coaching that she would come help with a bunch of middle school boys.
Constance and family,
Even though I did not know Rose, from reading her obituary I have surmised she was a very caring and giving person. I’m sure she will be missed by all. I hope your happy memories of her bring you comfort at this sad time.
With sincere sympathy.
My deepest Sympathy to all of the Uthe's and Tyler and Tanner. I have known Rose for many years. She was always so proud of her family and you could tell as she spoke of her job, it was her passion. May God Bless you all as you travel your journey of Grief. Kim Marshall
You were my favorite teacher :) You were the only class that I didn't skip lol. I will forever keep you tuvked in my heart and miss you greatly
We admired Rose so much for her teaching skills, caring for her students and her friends, but most of all as a wife and mother. There, she was beyond the best, loving, strong and faithful. Tyler and Tanner, your parents are now together and are your guardian angels. They watch over you from Heaven with great love and gratitude for their sons-a gift to them from God.
Thoughts and prayers go to Rose 's family. Both Corey and Chance had Rose for a teacher and they always said she was their favorite one. God bless you Rose and may you find peace.
Wayne and Teri Schuknecht.
Sorry for your loss. Thoughts are with your family.
Janet (Brown) Swanson
So sorry to hear of Rose's passing away. I taught with her while I was the choral director at Iowa Falls. She was an excellent teacher and colleague. She will greatly missed. I understand the loss as Yvonne, my wife, passed away in February. There is certainly a loss when a loved one dies.
I am so very sorry Tyler....she fought a good battle....sending prayers of comfort for your entire family....
I'm so sorry to hear the news. Mrs. Van Dyke taught me geometry and encouraged me to join the math club, as well. I always appreciated her going with us to competitions and encouraging us, even when we didn't do as well as we'd hoped. She also encouraged us to try new things, in math and culture. I'm pretty sure my first experience with Indian food was at her suggestion when we were in Iowa City for a competition. I'll be praying for peace for you all as you grieve and cope with her loss. - Josh Super (Iowa Falls, Class of 2002)
I'm so sorry for your loss. Mrs Van Dyke taught me computer programming back in the mid to late 80s. I learned a lot from her and she was always a great teacher.
I am a classmate of Chris and played sports with Rose. I am so sorry for your loss.
God bless you Rose
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