Edna Marie Rocheleau, 83, of Rugby, died March 26, 2011, at Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, where she had been a resident since June, 2010.
Edna was born in the Denbigh, North Dakota area on November 24, 1927, the daughter of William Clinton and Leah (Cornish) Dean. She was raised in the Denbigh and Granville area, and attended school in Drake, Berwick, and Granville, graduating in 1945. She taught school in Berwick for a brief time before she married Kenneth “Red” Warren Rocheleau at Zion Lutheran Church in Towner on June 8, 1949. She and her husband farmed in Spring Lake Township, Pierce County, northeast of Rugby, until Kenneth’s death on October 31, 1974. Edna enrolled at Lake Region State College at Devils Lake and trained as a nurse. She worked for many years at the Rugby Bakery and retired from the Harold S. Haaland Home in Rugby after 26 years of service as a CNA.
She was an active member of Ox Creek Lutheran Church, rural Rolette, while living at Spring Lake, and First Lutheran Church, Rugby, where she participated in various functions such as quilting and the Circles of the church.
Our loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother is survived by her four sons, Jerry and his wife Kathie, James, and Rocky and his wife Paula, all of Rugby, and Roger and his wife Valory, Burwell, Nebraska. She also leaves 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren in addition to a sister, Gladys Hiller, Granville, and two sisters-in-law, Margaret Rocheleau, Rugby, and Joyce McKenzie, Rolette, and a brother-in-law, Dean Solem, Billings, Montana.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four sisters, Mary Fedje Rocheleau, Eva Carlson, Ida Mae Feller, and Rose Rocheleau; and a brother, Billy Dean.
Funeral Services were held Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at First Lutheran Church, Rugby.
Spring burial will be in Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby.
Rev. Michael Pretzer and Rev. Sharon Baker officiated. Music was provided by Pamela Anderson, organist, and Teri Shomento, soloist.
Honorary casketbearers were her co-workers, past and present, from the Haaland Home.
Casketbearers were her grandchildren.
Arrangements by Niewoehner Funeral Home, Rugby.
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