Memorial Service For Rose Elma Klink

Saturday, July 13, 2002, 8:00 PM

Wright Funeral Home

Grand Rapids, Ohio

(Italics not spoken)



For those who do not know me, my name is David Watts.

I am Roseís sister Louiseís husband.

I do lay ministry for the Episcopal Church.

My parish is St. Paulís Episcopal Church, Maumee.

We are gathered together to remember our dear Rose and bid her farewell.


We will be using a memorial service of the Episcopal Church.

Midway in the service, I will ask if anyone wishes to speak about Rose.

You may do that from where you sit.

Please, try to share your story of Rose with us.

I shall now begin the memorial service.




As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives

and that at the last he will stand upon the earth.

After my awakening, he will raise me up;

and in my body I shall see God.

I myself shall see, and my eyes behold him

who is my friend and not a stranger.


The Lord be with us

Let us pray



We remember before you this day our sister Rose.

We thank you for giving her to us,

her family and friends,

to know and to love as a companion on this earthly pilgrimage.

Console us who mourn.

Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life,

until, by your call, we are united with those who have gone before;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.


The Old Testament Lesson is a reading from Book of the Prophet Isaiah


On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples

a feast of rich food, a feast of well aged wines,

of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.


And he will destroy on this mountain

the shroud that is cast over all peoples,

the sheet that is spread over all nations;

he will swallow up death forever.


Then the Lord God

will wipe away the tears from all faces,

and the disgrace of his people

he will take away from all the earth

for the Lord has spoken.


It will be said on that day,

ďLo this is our God;

we have waited for him, so that he might save us.

This is the Lord for whom we have waited

let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.


Here endeth the reading.




Psalm 42 (Episcopal Hymn 658)

As longs the deer for cooling streams in parched and barren ways,

So longs my soul for God, for thee, and thy refreshing grace.


For thee, my God, the living God, my thirsty soul doth pine:

Oh when shall I behold thy face, thou Majesty divine?


Why restless, why cast down, my soul?Hope still,

And thou shalt sing the praise of him who is thy God

Thy healthís eternal spring.

To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the God whom we adore,

Be glory, as it was, is now, and shall be evermore.


The New Testament Lesson is a reading from St. Paulís Letter

to the church in Rome


I consider that the sufferings of this present time

are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.

For the creation waits with eager longing

for the revealing of the children of God.


Who will separate us from the love of Christ?

Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine,

or nakedness, or peril, or sword?


No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through

him who loves us.


For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,

nor angels, nor rulers,

nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,

nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate from the love of God

in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Here endeth the reading.


Let us say the Shepherdís Psalm 23 together


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;

He leadeth me beside the still waters.


He restoreth my soul;

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his Nameís sake.


Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil; for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.


Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;

thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.


Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John


Jesus said:

I am the good shepherd.The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.

The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep,

sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away -

and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.

The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep.


I am the good shepherd.I know my own and my own know me,

just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.

And I lay down my life for the sheep.


I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.

I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.

So there will be one flock, one shepherd.


Here endeth the reading of the Gospel of our Lord.



Now please tell us about the Rose that you know.


John Zabowski shares memories of Rose when her sister Irma and he were newlyweds.And tells us of his golf necktie, a treasured gift from Rose.


End with my words about Rose


I have always been attracted to Rose by her pleasant and quiet strength.

It was always easy for me to acquire that unique Rose smile regardless of her situation.Rose was small but never in strength or love.

It is good to be loved by Rose.††


Louise told me that Rose often wore a little multiple Footprints pin.

I am glad that Rose found comfort in the Footprints writing.


For the theme of Footprints writing is that we often accuse our God

of doing things our Loving God could simply never do.



Let me recite a version of the Footprints writing for Rose.


One night a lady had a dream.

She dreamed she was walking along the beach with the Lord.

Across the sky flashed scenes from her life.

For each scene she noticed two sets of footprints in the sand:

one belonging to her, and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of her life flashed before her,

she looked back at the footprints in the sand.

She noticed that many times along the path of her life

there was only one set of footprints.

She also noticed that it happened at the lowest and saddest times in her life.
This really bothered her and she questioned about it:

"Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,

you'd walk with me all the way.

But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,

there is only one set of footprints.

I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me?"
The Lord replied:

"My daughter, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.

During your times of trial and suffering,

when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."






And now, let us say the Lordís Prayer together


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever.Amen.


Prayer for those who mourn

Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of comfort:

Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that,

casting all their care on you.

they may know the consolation of your love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.







The Commendation


Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Rose.

Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you,

a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock,

a sinner of your own redeeming.

Receive her into the arms of your mercy,

into the blessed rest of everlasting peace,

and into the glorious company of the saints in light.Amen.


The Blessing


The peace of God, which passeth all understanding,

keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,

and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;

and the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,

be amongst us, and remain with us always.Amen.







The Interment of Rose Elma Klink

Tuesday, July 16, 2002, 2:00 PM

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

Grand Rapids, Ohio


The Consecration of the Grave


O God, whose blessed Son was laid in a sepulcher in the garden:

Bless, we pray, this grave, and grant that Rose

whose body is to be buried here may dwell with Christ in paradise,

and may come to your heavenly kingdom;

through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.




He who raised Jesus Christ from the dead

will also give new life to our mortal bodies

through his indwelling Spirit.


Miss Me But Let Me Go (contributed by loving family)


When I come to the end of the road

And the sun has set for me

I want no rites in a gloom filled room.

Why cry for a soul set free.

Miss me a little - but not too long

And not with your head bowed low.

Remember the love that we once shared.

Miss me - but let me go.


For this journey we all must take

And each must go alone.

Itís all part of the Masterís plan

A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart

Go to the friend we know

And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.

Miss me - but let me go.

The Final Committal


In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life

through our Lord Jesus Christ,

we commend to Almighty God our sister Rose,

and we commit her body to its resting place;

earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

The Lord bless Rose and keep her,

the Lord make his face to shine upon Rose and be gracious to her,

the Lord lift up his countenance upon Rose and give her peace.Amen.




Rose is laid to rest.


Samantha places her gifts next to Rose.


Jennifer places her gifts next to Rose.


The Lord be with us.


Let us say the Lords Prayer together.


Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever.Amen.


Prayer For Us Who Mourn


Most merciful God deal graciously with us in our grief.

Surround us with your love and each otherís love,

that we may not be overwhelmed by our loss,

but have confidence in your goodness,

and strength to meet the days to come;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.

Rest eternal grant to Rose, O Lord;

And let light perpetual shine upon Rose.



May Roseís soul, and the souls of all the departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.Amen.



The Blessing

The blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son,

and the Holy Spirit, be upon us and remain with us for ever.Amen.


The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord and each other.Amen.


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