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Rose Humphrey

Rose M. Humphrey, 70, Bismarck, died April 26, 2009, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, N.D.

She was born Jan. 28, 1939, to Frank and Rosa (Berger) Senn. She grew up on a farm northeast of Mott, N.D. After her high school graduation from St. Mary's High School in New England, she attended St. Alexius School of Nursing in Bismarck where she graduated as an RN in 1959. On June 6, 1963, she married James Humphrey. Although they lived in several different places over the years, Wadena was called "home." As a registered nurse, she began her career at the Jamestown State Hospital. After moving to Wadena, she continued working as a nurse at the Tri-County Hospital and at the Bell Hill Recovery Center for many years. She ended her career back at the place where she started years ago at the Jamestown State Hospital where she retired in 1989 due to her disability from diabetes. In 1998, she received notification from Eli Lilly & Co. that she was one of 3,000 survivors of type I diabetes for 50 years. After her retirement, they relocated to Bismarck. In 1997, they decided to venture south and spent many winters in Apache Junction, Ariz. She enjoyed the time she spent in Arizona and the friends she made there. She moved permanently back to Bismarck in 2004 until March 2009, when she moved into the Marian Manor Nursing Home in Glen Ullin, N.D.

She was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Bismarck. She enjoyed spending time with her granddaughters and playing games with them. Over the years, she also became a crossword puzzle "fanatic," as she would say.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Bismarck, with the Rev. Ed Wehner officiating. Burial will be held at a later date. Go to to sign the online guestbook or to share memories with the family.

Survivors include her husband, Jim, Apache Junction, Ariz.; her son, Todd (Karen), Bismarck; two granddaughters; sister, Henrietta (James) Nistler, Wilton, N.D.; two brothers, Wilfred (Cece) Senn, Necedah, Wis., and Leroy (Rose) Senn, Dickinson, N.D.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Rosa Senn; and her brothers, Dan, Frank Jr., Norbert and Finian Senn.