Rose Ann Rupp, 87, Hays, died Monday, July 15, 2019, at Via Christi Village, Hays.

She was born Sept. 3, 1931, in Schoenchen to Carl and Lucy (Herl) Zimmerman.

She married Francis A. Rupp on Aug. 16, 1948, in Hays. He preceded her in death Dec. 23, 2001. She was a homemaker, farm wife, and the Register of Deeds in Ellis County for over 25 years.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hays.

She enjoyed her flowers, taking day trips, her grandchildren and holidays with family and friends.

Survivors include three sons, Harland E. Rupp and wife, Edna, Victoria, Gary F. Rupp and wife, Connie, Tribune, and Patrick C. Rupp, Garden City; a daughter, Marie Stramel and husband, Wes, Hays; a brother, Carl Zimmerman and wife, Doris, Schoenchen; and four sisters-in-law, Ruth Zimmerman, Blanche Vonlintel, Shirley Rupp and Sally Rupp, all of Hays; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Roy Zimmerman and Lester Zimmerman.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with a combined vigil/rosary at 7 p.m., and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, all at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

Memorials are suggested to Via Christi Village, Hays, in care of the funeral chapel.

Condolences can be sent at or by email at