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Rose Mullarkey

Rose Mullarkey, 88, long-time resident of Langdon, ND, died peacefully on January 15, 2016 in Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon.

Rose was born on June 22, 1927 in “Woburn House” on the Lower Glanmire Road in Cork City, Ireland to John Sr. and Maud (Desmond) Mullarkey. She was the youngest of four children- two brothers John and Desmond and sister Josephine. Her early childhood was spent in Cork City where she attended St. Patrick's girls school until high school.

They were a very musical family from the outset. Maud was a music teacher and had her own studio within “Woburn House”. She also played piano in the local theatre during the period of the silent movies. There is no doubt that she passed on her love and appreciation of music to all her children. Rose’s brother, John, taught music in England. Her other brother, Desmond, played the piano professionally and was more the entertainer of the family. In many ways, this was true of Rose as well as she had a happy disposition. She always leaned towards the sunny side of life with one of her favorite songs being “ You Are My Sunshine”. Her sister, Josephine, played violin and often accompanied her siblings at family occasions. It's true to say that “Woburn House” was always alive with the �Sound of Music’.

Rose's mother died relatively young, and when Rose became of age, she decided to become a nun. She joined the Presentation Order and within a short period of time she was posted to America. Rose studied hard and achieved her degree in music while in America. She entered the convent in Fargo and taught music there for many years before moving to Langdon. She continued to teach music there for many years.

Her life-long friend was Vivian Crawford, and they certainly enjoyed life in their active days. They travelled extensively throughout the United States, Ireland, England and Europe. Their house was a great place to visit, a warm welcome was assured, and the evening would inevitably end with Rose on the piano and a rendering of her favorite songs.

Rose maintained a strong Catholic faith throughout her life. She never faltered from her beliefs even in times of controversy surrounding her religion.

Rose will be sadly missed by her family and her many friends in Langdon, ND.

May she rest in peace.

Services for Rose will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 2:00 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon, ND with visitation starting one hour prior to service time. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Langdon immediately following the service.

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Surely a great addition in the heavens. My sympathy and love go out to Vivian. I'm sure she misses her dearly. Jo Jo

Jo Johnson Mar 11 2016 12:00 AM

So very sad to hear of the passing of Rose. She will indeed be missed by all who knew her! Rest in peace you Irish woman!

Jay Padden Feb 12 2016 12:00 AM

Fond childhood memories of dear aunt Rose from your namesake niece Rose Burke (Mullarkey). Rest in peace and joy with your parents and all you siblings gone before you.

Rose Burke Jan 26 2016 12:00 AM

With our deepest sympathies, Robert & Rosie Burke

Robert burke Jan 25 2016 12:00 AM

I remember Rose well from her teaching me at St. Alphonsus. Also, when Mom first moved into Maple Manor, I would often come out there & find Rose playing away on the piano in the lobby, leading other residents in song. My sympathies to Vivian and to Rose's family in Ireland.

Mary Beth [Muhs] Snyder Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM

Friendships last a life time...even when separations of distant miles happen... I have known rose for many a year....A true artist, I know, usually are misunderstood..She fought the good fight and lived happily with friends and family that would visit from overseas...Her earthly life now a mist she begins her life with those artists who have gone on to perform with their heavenly host...I have walked down memory lane today and knew I would meet Rose there. My sympathy to Vivian and Rose's family in her homeland.

John Bergman Jan 18 2016 12:00 AM

My spmpathy Vivian. Betty Howatt

Betty Howatt Jan 15 2016 12:00 AM