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Rosa Lee Jones, 69, of Manhattan, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Mercy Regional Health Center.

The family provided the following information.

Rosa Lee Kleinschmidt was born in Herington on Sept. 14, 1944, the daughter of the late Clemens Karl Ernest and Esther Viola (Schlesener) Kleinschmidt. 

Rosa was united in marriage to John H. Jones on July 22, 1962, at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Lyons Creek, rural Herington.

Rosa was a graduate of Herington High School, where she was a member of the alumni and a Herington homecoming queen.

She graduated from Fort Hays State University, where she received her bachelor of science in home economics. She later received her master’s from Kansas State University in early childhood education and attended Oklahoma State University in consumer education while working on her doctorate.

She was most recently the WIA Grant coordinator for USD 383 Manhattan and worked as a paraeducator and substitute teacher.  In the past she taught at Moundridge,  Fort Hays State University, McPherson High School and developed and taught the outreach courses program for many public and private schools in Kansas (KWU, Bethany, McPherson, etc.).  She was a member of College Avenue United Methodist Church, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, PEO Chapter IL, KSU Teacher Ambassadors and Riley County Council of Social Service Agencies.

Rosa is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline B. (Brad S.) Palmateer, of Manhattan; a son, John C. Jones, of Manhattan; a sister, Marjorie (Barry) Thacker, of Herington; two brothers, Jerry Kleinschmidt, of Herington and Dale Kleinschmidt, also of Herington; a grandson, Monty Palmateer, of Manhattan; and a granddaughter, Hunter Palmateer, also of Manhattan, as well as many many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation.  The family will be present on Thursday evening, Aug. 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at College Avenue United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Larry Fry officiating.  Burial will follow in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery at Lyons Creek in Herington. 

The family requests donations to College Avenue United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1609 College Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502 or St. John’s Lutheran Church at Lyons Creek, rural Herington.

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