Rose Kerr, 90, passed away Thursday, July 13

Rose Kerr, 90, of St. Joseph, MI passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.

 A Celebration of Life Service will be held 1:00 P.M., Monday, July 17, 2017 at Oakridge Baptist Church, 766 Oakridge Rd., St. Joseph with Pastor Scott Reeve officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Friends may visit from 12:30 P.M. until 1:00 P.M. Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to Oakridge Baptist Church or the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan. Those wishing to share a memory of Rose online may do so at

 Rose was born November 11, 1926 in South Bend, IN to Stephan & Emma (Kardos) Csicsics. She was raised by her mother and step-father Floyd Nelson after her father’s passing when she was a baby. Rose graduated from Durand High School in Durand, MI. On August 29, 1948 she married Dr. Robert Kerr in Durand, MI. Rose worked as a secretary for the Juvenile Court in Berrien County for 10 years. She was a member of Oakridge Baptist Church and in her younger days enjoyed sewing and cooking.

 Rose is survived by her daughters, Betsy Reif of St. Joseph and Julia (Phillip) Wolf of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Carrie (Robert) Bode of Olympia, WA and Emily Reif (fiancé Greg Arendt) of Evergreen Park, IL; great-grandchildren, Samuel and Zachariah Bode and niece Heather (Ralph) Pinney of Apex, NC. Rose was preceded in death by her parents, step-father Floyd Nelson, husband and brother Dr. Floyd Nelson.

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