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Wednesday October 13th, 2021
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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Thursday October 14th, 2021

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Denice Creveling

Denice Kae (Rossow) Creveling was a caring and fun loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She entered eternal rest on October 11, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Denice was born to Robert and Connie (Koithan) Rossow on November 3, 1953, in Sioux City, Iowa, along with her twin sister Diana (Rossow) Rice. They were later joined by another sister, Sheryl (Rossow) Palmer.

Denice attended school in Mapleton, Iowa and attended college at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska. She graduated with a degree in phlebotomy and took her first job as a laboratory technician at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Being a woman of true faith and trusting in the Lord’s plan for her, Denice sought fellowship and worship by pedaling her bicycle to the First Lutheran Church every Sunday.

With the work and faith chapters of her life in place, it was on a beautiful summer day that the next chapter in the Lord’s plan for Denice was set into action. She was brought to the Creveling family lot at Sun Valley Lake by mutual friends of hers and the Creveling families. After a day of sunshine, swimming, and learning to ski, she needed a ride back home to Mount Ayr. Ronnie Creveling offered to give her a ride, and that was the beginning of a beautiful relationship that would last the rest of her life. They began dating, six months later they were engaged, and then married at the Lutheran Church in Mapleton, Iowa on July 11, 1976.

Denice and Ronnie spent the first few years after their wedding traveling together, enjoying dances and good times with friends at the Sun Valley Clubhouse, and building their first home together.

In 1981, Timothy Robert, their firstborn son arrived. Soon after he was born, Denice decided that her place was to be at home raising children, and she quit her job at the hospital. Shortly after quitting, their first daughter, Dara Kae, was born in 1982. Cari Jo arrived in 1985, and the surprise last baby of the family, Ray Lee arrived in 1989.

Denice loved being at home to care for Ronnie and the kids. She was a devoted wife and mother who always found time for her family, friends, and the Lord. She was known for her positive attitude, and once said, “You can choose to have your glass half full or half empty. Mine is always half full. There is joy to be found in every day.”

Caring for others brought joy to Denice, and the arrival of her grandchildren brought even more joy to the days. Kelbey, EmmaLeigh, Easton, Kasen, Hudsen, Rylan, and Kembra were the most beautiful chapters in her life. She enjoyed caring for each of them and made a point to stock their favorite treats in the drawers and cook their favorite meals when they came for Grandma and Grandpa days.

Denice has left a lasting legacy of faith, family, friends, and food. She was the BEST cook and hostess! She will be missed by everyone for her ability to brighten someone’s day and make them feel loved. Those left to cherish her legacy include her husband, Ronnie Creveling, son Tim Creveling (Jennifer), daughters Dara (Kim) Greenland and Cari (David) Head, grandchildren Easton and EmmaLeigh Creveling, Kelbey, Hudsen and Kembra Greenland, Kasen and Rylan Head, sister Sheryl Palmer, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Those passing before Denice and joyously welcoming her at Heaven’s gate include her son, Ray Lee Creveling, granddaughter, Graysen Kaelee Greenland, nephews Donald Palmer and Robert Palmer, sister Diane Rice, parents Bob and Connie Rossow, and parents-in-law Lee and Donella Creveling.

Denice, you have been a wonderful example of God’s love.

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Our prayers are with the family in this time of grief.

Steve & Rhonda O'Grady Oct 15 2021 12:06 PM

My deepest condolences to the Creveling family. Denice had a beautiful caring spirit and a contagious smile. I always admired her devotion to her family. May she rest in peace.

Brenda Greenland Oct 15 2021 1:16 AM

We will always have very fond memories of Denice. I know we joined together for planning Sunday school Christmas programs at the Lutheran church and a few bake sales years ago. We both had boys in confirmation at the same time. Fun times we had at their lake house with some yummy food always.. We admire her consistent faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and her steady role as mother and grandmother. She will be missed by many , but now she is doing God's work in heaven. Love and blessings to you all!

Phyllis Lauritsen Oct 14 2021 9:07 PM

Denise you were amazing cousin, mother, wife and grandmother 👵 I can't tell you how many memories I have of all 3 of you growing up 😍 The best part was the love we all had for each other❤️ Always would look at you and Diane and think now which one is which! May you continue your journey in life in heaven and may God shine on you every day 🙏.God Bless you! Steve & Cindy Durham

Cynthia Durham Oct 14 2021 3:16 PM

Ron & family So sorry to hear of her passing and remember the most is her smile & laughter . Our Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Dan & Frances (Rossow) Oeffner Oct 14 2021 9:50 AM

I will always remember Denice's smile and laughter at Rossow gatherings. So sorry to hear of her passing. Gone way too soon.

Michelle Hoatson Oct 13 2021 9:16 PM

Saddened to hear Denise's passing. Our prayers are with you and your family. Due to covid, I will not be able to be present tomorrow.

Brent Creveling Oct 13 2021 5:39 PM

I was saddened to hear of the loss of my cousin, Denice. I have fond memories of her and her twin sister taking me to the local swimming pool when I was too young to go alone. They would watch out for me and make sure I had fun. I will miss her loving kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Thomas K Koithan, Rose, and Family

Thomas K. Koithan Oct 13 2021 2:19 PM

We are so sad to hear of Denise's passing. I talked to her not so long ago and she was positive and upbeat as usual. We are praying for you and wishing you strength and comfort through this difficult time.

Jeff & Janet Parker Oct 12 2021 9:25 PM

So sorry for your loss. Denise was a sweet person. I'm sure she is was greeted by some special people.

Lois Ibbotson Oct 12 2021 9:59 AM

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