VisitationBainbridge Funeral Home
Wheaton, MN 56296
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Rose Ann Gronskei, age 85, of Wheaton, Minnesota passed away Friday morning, May 5, 2017 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bainbridge Funeral Home in Wheaton, Minnesota with Rev. Ken Bowman officiating. Special music will be provided by "The Andersons".
Visitation will be held Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
Burial will be held in Wildwood Cemetery, Wheaton.
Rose Ann Gronskei was born in Wheaton on May 11, 1931 and passed away at Sanford Hospital, Fargo, on May 5, 2017 just shy of her 86th birthday. She was the youngest of seven children born to Olaf and Anne Nesset Gronskei and attended country school until the eighth grade. After living in the Wheaton area for many years, Rosie and her parents moved to a farm near Milaca, MN where Rosie enjoyed gardening, particularly flowers, and helping with farm chores. Upon the death of her father, Olaf, Rosie and her mother moved to town (Milaca) and eventually to Wheaton to be near other family.
In her younger years, Rosie enjoyed raising flowers and a few vegetables in her garden behind her home. She loved country music and was active with and enjoyed the fellowship of the ladies quilting group at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Rosie was a masterful "embroideress," creating many pieces including dishtowels and runners for family and friends. She also loved to knit caps for newborns.
Rosie loved going to Crandall's or Country Corner Café for coffee with "the girls": Gloria, Annie, Mona, Adelaide, Lila, Alvina and anyone else who cared to join them. She also enjoyed the camaraderie over a meal with her friends at the Senior Center where she could usually be seen wearing one of her crazy, colorful hats. Participation in the Senior outings was also a favorite of hers.
She was the family historian of sorts, as she recorded every birth, death, life event and marriage of her large multigenerational family and very much enjoyed receiving and sending Christmas cards to family both in the US and Norway.
Rosie is survived by her sister, Gloria Anderson and special niece, Anne Marie and a multitude of other cousins, nieces and nephews both here and in Norway and Canada.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: Knute, Olav, Einar, Hilda and Delores.
Though quiet, Rosie loved being with her family and friends and they will dearly miss her sweet ways.
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