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Lisa Marie Rowen
May 4, 1967 - November 28, 2013

Lisa Marie Rowen, 46, of Cedar Falls passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2013 in Waterloo.  Visitation will be from 5-8 PM on Tuesday December 3, 2013 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Funeral services will be at 11 AM on Wednesday December 4, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Fr. Paul McManus officiating.  She will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.

Lisa was born on May 4, 1967 in Oak Park, IL to parents Arthur and Mary Jo (Rogge) Kossack (Mary Jo Geary).  She attended school in Oelwein.  Lisa was married to Scott Dempsey, they later divorced.  She later married Mike Rowen and they later divorced.

Lisa was a Loan Advisor with CBE Group in Waterloo, and was attending Hawkeye Community College.  Lisa was a very kind person who loved life and was always willing to help another.  She loved shopping and cooking, but especially loved attending her children’s activities and time with her family.  Lisa will be dearly missed by all who knew, and continue to love her.

Left to celebrate Lisa’s life are her children: Jacob Dempsey, Marissa Rowen and Josephine Rowen of Cedar Falls; her mother Mary Jo Geary and step-father Michael Geary of Oelwein; her father Arthur Kossack of Des Moines; her sister Gina (Karl) Ekstam of Bondurant; her brother Michael (Darcie) Kossack of Bondurant; her brother Jeremiah (Jamie) Geary of Oelwein; four nieces; three nephews; as well as many friends.

Lisa was preceded in death by her grandparents Rose and Nick Rogge; her aunt Judy Rogge; and her great-aunts Mary Reader and Angie Riddle. 


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Josie Rowen on March 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM said:

I love you mommma! I hope you know that you are being missed SOOO much by everyone here. You were the BEST mom anyone could have, I know we fought sometimes, but that is what kids and moms do right? I know you are in better place, but everyone and I need you. I love you soo much. I wish this was a just a dream, i know you would want be to strong and im trying so hard! I miss you soo much! I can't wait till i can see you again someday! You were such a great person and great mother.
Joe and Michelle Ludwig and family on December 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM said:

We are so sorry for the loss of Lisa. I, Michelle, only met her a couple times, when I gave her a haircut,,but I am very sorry for her passing. It is terribly hard on the families, but things will get better for all. Sorry we were not able to make it to the funeral today,
Matt & Lynette Wilson on December 3, 2013 at 6:47 AM said:

To Gina, Karl and all of Lisa's family,

We were so very sorry to hear of Lisa's passing. Please know that we will be keeping you all in our prayers.

Matt & Lynette Wilson
Eldridge, IA
James Kulis on December 1, 2013 at 11:58 PM said:

Lisa was a very special individual that was always concerned for her children. She also had a goal of becoming a Nurse that was so near to completion. She will always be remembered as a friend and as an excellent caring Nurse with the wings of an Angel.
Randall McNamara on November 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM said:

I went to High school with Lisa.God bless her family as they go through this difficult time.God bless.
Carrie Reisner Wright on November 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM said:

So sorry to hear about the loss of Lisa!! She was a very special person and will be missed by all. Thoughts and prayers to her family.

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