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Rosina Kirkland

April 23, 1937 — April 15, 2024

Copperas Cove

Rosina Kirkland, known for her dedication to her career as a court stenographer and a secretary for the Deutsche Bundeswehr at S.H.A.P.E, Belgium, passed away on April 15, 2024, in Lampasas, TX. Born on April 23, 1937, in Budakeszi, Hungary, Rosina lived a life filled with love, laughter and hard work.

Throughout her life, Rosina touched the hearts of many with her warm smile and infectious laugh. Despite being described as headstrong and no-nonsense, those who knew her always found joy in her company. Her colleagues often praised her for her attention to detail, good humor and a strong work ethic which started at a young age. When she was a young girl her family fled Hungary as the Russians invaded during World War II. By the time they were able to settle in Germany after the War, she was put in third grade but she was unable to read beyond Kindergarten level. After working hard she not only learned to read beyond her age group and become a voracious reader but excelled in school. A true inspiration for her journey ahead. 

Rosina's love for German cooking was admired by all who had the pleasure of tasting her dishes. She enjoyed spending time in her garden, classical music, and exploring the Farmer's Market in Copperas Cove. Her passion for travel shows featuring Europe was evident as she had visited many of the places they filmed at.

As a Civil Service spouse, Rosina traveled the world alongside her spouse for over 20 years, experiencing different cultures and making lasting memories. Her hobbies included gardening, crossword puzzles, reading, watching black-and-white TV shows, baking, and taking care of her family.

Among Rosina's proudest accomplishments was standing out for her hard work and dedication in every office she worked at throughout Germany, England, Belgium, and around the U.S. Her commitment to excellence was unwavering.

Rosina is survived by her daughters Dorothy K Phipps and Tanja R Cook, son-in-law John Cook, and grandchildren Avery Harmon and Ashton Cook, all of Copperas Cove, TX. She is also survived by her brother Hans Kreiss and sister-in-law Gisela Kreiss of Karlsruhe, Germany. Rosina was preceded in death by her spouse Marlin T Kirkland, and her parents, Johann Kreiss and Rosina Kreiss.

In honoring Rosina Kirkland's memory, let us remember her laughter, kindness, and unwavering dedication to both her family and career. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

May she rest in peace.
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