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Rose Ann Krause, age 94 of Rockford, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, June 19, 2022. She was born September 30, 1927 in De Smet, South Dakota, the daughter of Arthur and Kate (Boss) Rydbom.

Rose Ann was baptized on May 10, 1945 and confirmed in the Lutheran Catechism on May 20, 1945 at American Lutheran Church in De Smet, South Dakota.

Rose Ann was raised in the De Smet-Erwin area where she was raised on the family farm. She attended Erwin Public School. Rose Ann worked on the family farm before working at Lutheran Hospital in Watertown, South Dakota, where she met Gerald “Jerry” Krause.

On November 2, 1945 Rose Ann Rydbom and Gerald George Krause were united in marriage at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Watertown, South Dakota. The two were blessed with seven children.

After farming in South Dakota, the family moved to Greenfield, Minnesota in 1965 and in 1970 moved to Rockford, Minnesota. Rose Ann spent many years working as a nurses aid at Delano Healthcare, until she was in her 80s.

Rose Ann was a faithful member of Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford, where she taught vacation bible school that all her grandchildren enjoyed attending. She volunteered her time at Wise Penny for many years. She was also a member of the silver sneakers, Cross Lights, “Birthday Club” and called Bingo at the senior center. Rose Ann enjoyed all things crafting -including crocheting, quilting, and beadwork. She also enjoyed baking, clowns, and spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rose Ann had a positive spirit, being able to see the good in everyone. She loved to laugh and kept the room alive. Her generous and caring nature will be greatly missed by all.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Krause; son, George Henry Krause; daughter, Rosella Mae Krause; parents, Arthur and Kate Rydbom; and siblings, Lottie, Ruby, Vernon, Dorothy, Anna, John, Arthur, Barney, Donald, Albert.

Rose Ann is survived by her children, LeWayne (Patti) Krause, Michael (Margie) Krause, Dennis (Dianne) Krause, Cynthia (Kurt) Kessler, Gregory (Paula) Krause; grandchildren, Brandon Krause, Brent Krause, Jason (Aletta) Schaefer, Dustin (Tammy) Krause, Heather (Chris) Cummings, Jaime (Tim) Schendel, Jared Krause, Matthew (Jill) Kessler, Alex (Jessica) Kessler, Todd (Jordan) Kessler, Melissa (Kyle) Bechtold, Molly (Zachary) Jacobson; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Blake, Bella, Betty, Hayley, Grace, Madison, Madelyn, Garrett, Oliver, Henry, Abigail, Isaac, Reid, Amelia, Esther, Job, Tobias, Micah, Viviana, Jaxson; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services for Rose Ann Krause will be held Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 4:00 PM, with visitation one hour prior, at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford with Pastor Michael Barlow as officiant. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.

The Krause family would like to thank you for your sympathy and support during this time of loss. A donation in Rose Ann’s name will be made to Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. 763-497-5362.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Tom and Carrie Brunn

    Greg, Paula and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and Grandmother,
    Prayers to your family and may memories of her bring you comfort.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Tom and Carrie Brunn

  2. Tracey Schendel

    Our prayers are with you

  3. Phyllis Pollock

    I spent many coffee times with Jerry at St. Michael. He talked so loving of RoseAnn that I felt I knew her. He always had a side remark for Kurt and enjoyed when they met at coffee time. So sorry for your loss, but we know she has her eternal rest with Jerry.

  4. Jim & Jan Hanner, Pueblo CO

    When we bought our first house and moved to Rockford, we lived across the street from Gerald & Rose. They were such good neighbors and became good very friends. We watched Dennis, Mike, Cindy, Greg & George grow up. Rose’s laugh was mentioned, and we so remember how cheerful she always was and remember that laugh very well. We always enjoyed spending time with them and want to wish our condolences to all the children and grandchildren.

  5. Beverly Speckel

    So many good memories of working with Rose at DHCC. She always had trouble with daylight time change. Either too early or too late. we had great time golfing in Watertown, and she was so excited about floating golf balls, but then it floated in the middle of the water hole, and we couldn’t get it out.


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