Rose Barbara Bliss passed in peace on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at the age of 86.

Rose Barbara Bliss passed in peace on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at the age of 86.

She was born March 22, 1931, in Augsburg, Germany, to Josef Seeholtzer and Barbara (Müller) Seeholtzer.

Rose received her first Holy Communion at the age of 8 at St. Paul & Peter Catholic Church in Augsburg, Germany. She grew up in Germany during WWII and her family endured many trials and hardships during the war, including having her family’s home destroyed by a bombing raid.

In 1950, at the age of 19, she worked as a “hat check girl” at the US Officers Club in Augsburg, Germany. It was there she met the love of her life, William (Bill) Bliss, a US military officer. They were married on March 3, 1953, in Schwabach, Germany, and were married for 57 years until Bill’s death in 2010.

While her husband was in the military, they were stationed at various locations, mostly overseas, including Teheran, Iran for three years and various locations in Germany. Being stationed in Germany was a blessing as they were able to spend most weekends with her relatives.

The family enjoyed camping. They would camp by the Caspian Sea while stationed in Iran and later camp in several European countries. As a military wife, she could pack a household up in a minutes notice and have a new household set up in one day. She was a housewife for the first years of their marriage raising their two children, Barbara and Michael. The family moved to the United States in late 1966. After her husband’s retirement from the Army in 1967 in White Sands, New Mexico, the family lived in Rangely, Colorado. They eventually moved to Shawnee, Oklahoma in 1969 where the couple resided the rest of their lives.

Rose got her first “post military wife” job as the manager of the Heidelberg Bridal Shop in Shawnee in 1971. She next worked at Greene’s clothing store for several years and eventually was employed as a cottage manager at Girls Town where she retired in 1985. After retirement she enjoyed traveling with her husband to many destinations in the US and occasionally to Europe to visit relatives in Germany. While in Shawnee Rose met other ladies originally from Germany and made lasting friendships with them. She enjoyed brunches with them on a routine basis.

Rose was a very attractive lady and always looked the part, being a very sharp dresser who never went anywhere without looking her best. She was a cordial and likeable lady who loved to talk to people and could make friends easily. She will be remembered by her family and friends as a great mother, grandmother, Oma, and friend. Rose will be dearly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, William Ronald Bliss; son, Michael Bliss; brothers, Otto Müller, Erwin Matt, Werner Vietengruber, and Gunther Vietengruber; sisters, Helga Hiller, Maja Hiller, Hedwig Fischer, Lottie Grill, Renate Nonnenmacher.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara and husband Brian Walck of Shawnee; son, Doug and wife Linda Bliss of Shawnee; sisters, Sonja Reiser and Waltraudt Legath, Rosemary Smith, Helga Schier; brothers, Heinz Vietengruber and Karl Vietengruber; grandchildren, Carl, Martin, Coty, Tara, Natalie, Darrah, Ryan, Bridget, Julie, Joey, and Summer, and 13 great-grandchildren.

If desired, friends may make a memorial donation to The Salvation Army or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Visitation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, at Resthaven Funeral Home, Shawnee.