Mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Rosalia “Rose” Margaret Michalski, age 84 of St. Cloud, will be at 11 AM Saturday, March 15, 2014 at St. Mary Help of Christians Church in St. Augusta. Father Robert Rolfes will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Rose passed away at her home early Monday morning. There will be a visitation from 4-8 PM Friday, March 14, 2014 at the church and again after 10 AM Saturday morning. Parish prayers will be at 6:30 PM Friday evening at the church. Arrangements are being made with Miller-Carlin Funeral Home, St. Cloud.Rose was born April 12, 1929 at her home (120 acre farm near St. Joseph, MN), to Leopold and Margaret (Reisinger) Donabauer. She grew up milking cows and working on the farm with her 12 brothers and sisters. At a young age, she had polio and was home schooled, but did finish 8th grade at St. Joseph Catholic School. She remembered splitting wood, milking cows, and doing homework under the kerosene lamp at the big dining room table.Rose married Sylvester Michalski on June 9, 1948 in St. Joseph Catholic Church. The wedding lasted for two days and several kegs of beer; she and Sylvester honeymooned in Blackduck. Rose raised eight wonderful children on a 40 acre farm near Clearwater. The children remember cleaning the chicken barn, feeding 32,000 chickens, and butchering any rooster that was not supposed to be part of the future laying pullets. Rose ran the Jack Frost barn for 12 years before moving to Annandale. She lived in Annandale with Sylvester for 5 years before the moved to “the lake”. Lake Mille Lacs was home for many years where the kids remember swimming, fishing, and jet skiing on the big lake. Rose always enjoyed cooking for the family, baking, and was known as a great cook. Her daughters always continued to call and ask for recipes or exactly how to make a certain dish.For 10 years, Rose and her husband enjoyed their second home in Okeechobee, Florida. In addition to traveling to Florida annually for the winter, they visited the Grand Ole Oprey in Nashville and loved the Bar-D-Wranglers in Colorado. Rose would listen to old county western tunes anytime.Rose is remembered for her love of family. She loved each of her eight children unconditionally. In her home there was always lots of laughter, fun, and kidding. She had enthusiasm for life, learning, and laughter passed the gifts of caring, morals, hard work, and enjoying each day to the fullest.Rose is survived by her eight loving children Judy (Claude “Bud”) Michalski-Deering, Durango, CO; Mike (Sue) Michalski, Clearwater; Jane (Cleve) Johnston, Rice; Susan Burgess, St. Cloud; Jo Ann (George Schill) Repke; Clearwater; Sharon (James) Michalski-Lukach, Rice; Sandy (Mike) Zwilling, St. Cloud; Scott (Lori) Michalski, South Haven; her 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; and her sisters Joanie Wruck, St. Cloud; and Hildegard Schneider, Sauk Rapids.She is preceded in death by her parents Leopold and Margaret Donabauer, her husband Sylvester Michalski who passed on September 15, 2007, her brothers Herman, Ben, Al, Dan, Val, Gilbert “Gib”, Florian “Timmy” and Leo Donabauer, and her sisters Gilberta “Bertha” Klein, and Othalia “Tillie” Locken.
Schedule and Information
There will be a visitation from 4-8 PM Friday, March 14, 2014 at the church and again after 10 AM Saturday morning. Parish prayers will be at 6:30 PM Friday evening at the church.
St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, St. Augusta MN
Mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Rosalia Rose Margaret Michalski, age 84 of St. Cloud, will be at 11 AM Saturday, March 15, 2014 at St. Mary Help of Christians Church in St. Augusta. Father Robert Rolfes will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
St. Mary Help of Christian Catholic Church, St. Augusta MN
Jo, We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We are never prepared for that news. Hope you are doing well, and please know we are keeping you and your family in our prayers.
Love Ya! wish we were closer so we could be with you.
To all my cousins, I am with you all in spirit. Aunt Rosie will be missed. Her smile, kindness and laughter will live in my heart always. She has been a wonderful special person to me since I can remember. Aunt Rosie had given me a sense of family from my earliest years, taking me into her warm loving bunch and treating me like one of her own. I will miss her…
I would like to comment on the beautiful obituary that was written for rose. We do not know this family but really thought that rose was described very well and it was worth reading more than once. Very sorry you lost your mother
We knew Rosie from the dialysis center. We want her family to know how much we loved her company, and humor and laughter….she will be missed by so many other people at dialysis too. Rest in peace Rosie…….
My condolences to the family of Rose.