Rosalie Marie (Sandtveit) Ness, 84, died April 14, 2011, at Providence Extended Care Center (PECC) in Anchorage, Alaska, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. A memorial service was held at PECC April 20th at 1:00 pm. There will be another service at First Lutheran Church in Baudette, MN July 2nd at 10:00 AM. Her wish was, “I want everyone to wear a hat to my funeral.”
Rosalie was born to Olav and Margaret Sandtveit in Wabanica Township, Minn., on Dec. 27, 1926. She attended Wabanica School and graduated from Baudette HS in 1945. Following high school Rosalie worked as “Rosie the Riveter” at a defense plant in Detroit. After returning to Baudette, she worked at Hartz Grocery Store where she met the love of her life, Ralph Ness, in January 1946. Ralph and Rosalie were married April 7, 1946. In 1957 they purchased and operated Hartz Grocery Store for over 20 years.
Rosalie was a member of First Lutheran Church of Baudette, where she was active in Women’s Circles, choir, stewardship, quilting and lutefisk and lefsa dinners. She entertained residents at the Lakewood Care Center and past facilities monthly for 50 years leading sing-a-longs, Easter parades, Santa visits and joke and story telling. Rosalie was also an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary for many years, serving as a past president.
Through the grace of God’s love, Rosalie lived a full and joyous life and her steadfast faith was a continuing inspiration to her large circle of family and friends. She and Ralph always had a welcoming home and their cabin at Morson, Ontario, was a beautiful place to gather for fishing and family time in the summer months.
Rosalie was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Louis Brasgalla, husband, Ralph, son, Steven, brothers, Arthur, Iver and Donald Sandtveit and Jim Brasgalla, and great-grandchild, Nikolas Anderson.
She is survived by three daughters: Jeanne Thompson (Dick) and Paula Bumpus (Wayne) of Anchorage, AK and JoAnne Rivard (Ron) of Folsom, CA; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Ness of Rosemount, MN; three sisters: Emma McCloud, Sharpsburg, IA, Geraldine Maher, Fremont, CA and Lois Horter, Warren, MN; four Brasgalla brothers: Ardean (Judy), Cass Lake, MN, Duane (Peg) Circleville, OH, David (Barb) Farmington, MN and Darol (Kathy) Bismark, ND; 9 grandchildren: Kristine (Magne) Myrmo Oslo, Norway, Erika (Christian) Anderson Tacoma, WA, Ryan Thompson Anchorage, AK, Reid (Marie) Ness & Amy (Nate) Mead Minneapolis, MN, Alison (Nick) Beltramo, San Francisco, CA; Ashley Rivard, Los Angeles, CA; Abe (Kate) Bumpus; Minneapolis, MN; Alex (Marcella) Bumpus, Riverside, CA; 13 great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please mail or donate online to the National Parkinson Foundation, Minn. Chapter, 2205 Zealand Ave. No., Golden Valley, MN 55427 or http://parkinsonmn.org or First Lutheran Church, Baudette, MN.