With her children Sam, Anita, and Gordon by her side, Rose Ho peacefully departed this world on October 17, 2023.
Our hearts were shattered, but as the tears flowed, they swiftly transformed into a river of reflection, gratitude, and profound admiration for a life that could rival the grandest Hollywood screenplay. Rose Ho was the embodiment of 2 Corinthians 9:7, "God loves a cheerful giver," and her joy was in giving to others. To encounter Rose was to instantly embrace her and her boundless generosity.
Born as Rose Tsou on May 4, 1934, in Shanghai, China, she emerged from a large, traditional Chinese family, surrounded by maids and servants, one of ten beloved siblings.
Her journey led her to Taiwan during her teenage years, where destiny introduced her to Steve Ho. They kindled a love that endured, and on November 9, 1957, they became one in marriage. Their first son, Sam, graced the world in the summer of 1958. However, Steve had an opportunity that demanded sacrifice: a chance to pursue education in the United States. This decision meant leaving behind his one-year-old son and a pregnant Rose. For four long years, Rose and her children lived apart from Steve. The family reunited in 1964 and daughter, Anita, met her father for the first time.
In 1972, their son, Gordon, joined the family, heralding a new chapter of joy and laughter.
In 1975, Steve and Rose, with their three children, relocated to Kansas City, embarking on a new journey as restauranteurs. They opened their first establishment, "Confucius Kitchen" in Overland Park, which quickly became a local culinary landmark.
Subsequently, they ventured into uncharted territory, pioneering the concept of fast-food Chinese cuisine with a drive-through window "Fu Man Chu," This eatery redefined expectations, offering excellent Chinese food at a reasonable price.
During their later years, Steve and Rose became door greeters at Sam's Club, regaling all who would listen with stories about their nine beloved grandchildren.
When Steve passed away in 2021, Rose found solace and comfort in the Healthcare Resort of Olathe, which she fondly called home. There, she was embraced by a caring community of staff and residents who adored her.
Rose lived an extraordinary life, marked by her indomitable spirit. She paved the path for her family, offering opportunities measured not in currency but in the richness of friendships, shared laughter, respect, unwavering loyalty, and the bond of family. To know Rose was to love her, and she was cherished by countless souls.
Rose Ho's legacy endures through her children: Sam, Anita Hilpertshauser (Mark), and Gordon (Kim). Her heart swelled with pride for her nine adored grandchildren: Alison Ho (Justin Groenewold), Sam Amofa-Ho (Priscilla), Sydney Ho (Louis Weishaar), Jacob Hilpertshauser, Matt Hilpertshauser, Anna Hilpertshauser, Stella Ho, Maxwell Ho, and Lila Ho. Her legacy is further enriched by her two great-granddaughters Helen and Penelope Groenewold.
A private family celebration of her life is scheduled for 2024, where her memory will be honored and her spirit celebrated, continuing to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing Rose Ho.