Rose Mullarkey

Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Rose Mullarkey, 88, long-time resident of Langdon, on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at St. Alphonsus Church in Langdon.


Posted on 4/22/16

She died peacefully on January 15, 2016 in Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon.

Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Rose was born on June 22, 1927 in “Woburn House” on the Lower Glanmire Road in Cork City, Ireland to John Sr. and Maud (Desmond) Mullarkey. She was the youngest of four children-two brothers John and Desmond and sister Josephine. Her early childhood was spent in Cork City where she attended St. Patrick’s girls school until high school. They were a very musical family from the outset. Maud was a music teacher and had her own studio within “Woburn House”. She also played piano in the local theatre during the period of the silent movies. There is no doubt that she passed on her love and appreciation of music to all her children. Her brother, John, taught music in England. Her other brother, Desmond, played the piano professionally and was more the entertainer of the family. In many ways, this was true of Rose as well as she had a happy disposition. She always leaned towards the sunny side of life with one of her favorite songs being “ You Are My Sunshine”. Her sister, Josephine, played violin and often accompanied her siblings at family occasions. It’s true to say that “Woburn House” was always alive with the ‘Sound of Music’. Her mother died relatively young, and when she became of age, she decided to become a nun. She joined the Presentation Order and within a short period of time she was posted to America. She studied hard and achieved her degree in music while in America. She entered the convent in Fargo and taught music there for many years before moving to Langdon. She continued to teach music there for many years. Her life-long friend was Vivian Crawford, and they certainly enjoyed life in their active days. They travelled extensively throughout the United States, Ireland, England and Europe. Their house was a great place to visit, a warm welcome was assured, and the evening would inevitably end with Rose on the piano and a rendering of her favorite songs. She maintained a strong Catholic faith throughout her life. She never faltered from her beliefs even in times of controversy surrounding her religion. She will be sadly missed by her family and her many friends in Langdon. May she rest in peace.

Brooks Funeral Home of Langdon is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences are available at