Rosella J. “Rosie” Schmitz, 73

SchmitzRosellaWEBRosella J. “Rosie” Schmitz, age 73 of Melrose and formerly of Sauk Centre, died peacefully on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at her son’s home in Melrose, Minnesota.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Ken Riedemann officiating and Rev. Andrew Marthaler concelebrating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Parish prayers will be at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Rosella June Schmitz was born June 14, 1939 in Birchdale Township, Todd County, Minnesota to Otto and Bertha (Kiffmeyer) Beilke. She was employed at Ralph’s Bakery then for Dr. Hanson Veterinarian. She moved to Sioux Falls, SD for 8 years and continued to work for Dr. Hanson. Rosie returned to Sauk Centre in 1974 and married Florian Schmitz on November 29, 1974 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. The couple made their home in Sauk Centre and then moved to Melrose. She enjoyed spending time with family, baking and going for walks. She also helped with several community Thanksgiving dinners in Sauk Centre.

Rosie was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church.

Survivors include her three sons, Aaron (Kim) Schmitz of Melrose, Kris Schmitz of St. Cloud and Steve (Chandra) Schmitz of Sauk Centre; three grandchildren, Stephanie, Derek and Jadyn Schmitz; brothers and sisters, John Beilke, Rudy (Janet) Beilke, Betty VanHavermaet, Bob (Lila) Beilke, Dorothy (Don) Jacobs, Bev Huot, Benny (Marie) Beilke, Carol (Roy) Dierkhising all of Sauk Centre and Shirley Beilke of Coon Rapids; sister-in-law, Lorraine Beilke of Sauk Centre.

Rosie was preceded in death by her husband, Florian Schmitz on August 17, 2012; parents; brother, Art Beilke; sisters, Gertie Beilke and Jan Marth; and infant brothers and sister.

Serving as casket bearers will be Joel Beilke, Randy Beilke, Gary Dierkhising, Roger VanHavermaet, Scott Beilke and John Beilke. Cross bearer will be Derek Schmitz and scripture bearer will be Stephanie Schmitz. Lector will be Janet Zenzen and gift bearers will be Lorraine Beilke and Carol Dierkhising.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.