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Rose Decker Birkenfeld
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Birth: Oct. 5, 1909
Death: Mar. 20, 2007

DIMMITT - Rose Birkenfeld, 97, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007.

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today in Holy Family Catholic Church in Nazareth. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the church with the Rev. Ken Keller as celebrant. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery in Nazareth by Foskey-Lilley-McGill Funeral Home of Dimmitt.

Mrs. Birkenfeld was born Oct. 5, 1909, in Rhineland to Joseph and Stephania Decker. She married Chris Birkenfeld in 1936 in Rhineland.

Survivors include four sons, Joe Lynn Birkenfeld of Nazareth, John Ronald Birkenfeld of Texas Creek, Colo., Bryan Birkenfeld of Seymour and Leslie Birkenfeld of Geronimo, Okla.; two daughters, Alverna Schacher of Lazbuddie and Stephanne Dobmeier of Nazareth; 31 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

The family suggests memorials be to The Nazareth Community Foundation, P.O. Box 225, Nazareth, TX 79063.

Amarillo Globe-News, March 22, 2007
Subject: Oldest resident of Rhineland
Rose Decker Birkenfeld was born in 1909 at Rhineland, Texas. She raised 8 children (Alber Leslie, Bryan, Clarence, Joe Lynn, John Ronald, Carol, Stephane, Vernie) When she was 60 years old, after the loss of one of her sons and husband she took in 2 grandkids (Kirsten and Bridget) to raise them as her own. She quilted and painted some, but her heart was in cooking. She lived in her Nazareth home until the ripe age of 95 1/2. She then moved into a nursing home. In 1997 she became the oldest resident of Nazareth. Being 97 is no shock to the Decker family. Her oldest brother lived in Rhineland until he was 106 years. They mentioned at Rhineland's 100th year anniversary that Joe Decker was older than the town. Rose's brother Frank lived in Alberqueque until he was 96, her sister, Annie, lived in Oklahoma until she was 92, and her oldest sister, Mary, lived to be 96. Bridget Birkenfeld, March 19, 2006
Family links: 
  Christopher Sylvester Birkenfeld (1912 - 1973)*
  Clarence Frank Birkenfeld (1939 - 1963)*
  Bryan William Birkenfeld (1942 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
Holy Family Cemetery
Castro County
Texas, USA
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Mar 22, 2007
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Rose <i>Decker</i> Birkenfeld
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