Rosell Belaen

Rose (Rosell) Belaen, 82, of Canby, peacefully passed away in her sleep, on Thursday, January 4, 2019 at the Sanford Sylvan Court Nursing Home in Canby.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 11 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Minneota with Fr. Craig Timmerman celebrating.

Burial will be in the St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery, Minneota. Visitation will be 5 - 7 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 10 in the Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Canby.

Rosell Genevieve Wambeke, daughter of Charles and Genevieve (Swedzinski) Wambeke was born on Saturday, May 23, 1936 at 1:47 a.m. in the hospital at Tyler.

She was baptized on June 7, 1936 at Sts. Cyriel and Methodius Catholic Church in Taunton. The family moved to Moline, IL on November 14, 1937.

Rosell made her First Communion at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moline, on May 28, 1944. The family returned to the Taunton area in 1946.

Rosell was confirmed on July 20, 1949 at the Catholic Church in Taunton. She celebrated her 8th grade education from St. Eloi Catholic School in Ghent on May 31, 1952.

Rosell was united in marriage with Roger Belaen on May 24, 1955, in Ghent. They farmed near Minneota where they were blessed with the births of seven children.

During this time, Rosell sewed most articles of clothing for the family, punched down dough for many loaves of homemade bread, canned hundreds of jars of rhubarb jam and routinely filled two large freezers with home grown meat, garden vegetables, baked goods and Schwan’s ice cream.

She was a member of the Westerheim Extension Club where she enjoyed learning crafty projects.

She also enjoyed listening to Gospel and old time polka music and scarcely missed her daily soap opera TV shows.

Rosell moved to Canby in 1985 and continued her handiwork projects, babysitting and doing some work in the home health care field.

She was well known for her happy attitude and will be remembered for traveling around town on her three wheel bicycle plastered with bumper stickers such as “recycled teenager”.

She entered the Serenity House Assisted Living on October 13, 2008 and the Sanford Sylvan Court Nursing home on November 1, 2012.

Rosell is survived by her children: Rose Marie Belaen (Rodney Brungardt) of Brandt, SD, Roy (Barbara) Belaen, Oldsmar, FL, Robert (Peggy) Belaen, Milwaukee, WI, Rita (Patrick) Maxwell, Tuscon, AZ, David (Paula) Belaen, Minneota, MN, Dennis (Sandra) Belaen, Glenwood, MN; daughter-in-law, Debra Belaen, Minneota, MN; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren; brother, James (Lucy) Wambeke, Taunton, MN; sister, Marcia Geurts, Sioux Falls, SD; aunt, Adeline Zmuda, Moline, IL; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Rosell was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; son, Donald; parents, Genevieve and Charles; brother, Kenneth Wambeke; brother-in-law, Andrew Geurts; aunts, uncles, many other relatives and friends.

Rosell Belaen

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