Luella Jane (Stasewich) Rose, 77, died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Marquette General Hospital.
She was born Oct. 10, 1931, the daughter of John and Ella (Wunder) Stasewich. Her parents both passed away during her teenage years, and she helped raise eight of her brothers and sisters from that time through adulthood. She was a 1949 graduate of Escanaba High School and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Luella married James A. Rose on April 23, 1955, in Escanaba. They raised six of their own children along with Luella’s brothers and sisters who lived with them at the time.
Luella was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church. She was a member of the church choir and parish council. She also served as a religious education coordinator and CCD teacher for many years. She was a member of the St. Thomas Church Ladies Guild and Bishop Baraga Circle. She served on the Holy Name School Board of Education, Holy Name Home and School Association, and volunteered many hours to the school and her church.
Through the years Luella worked as a cook at the Highland Golf Club and as an attendant at the Delta County Historical Society Museum. She was a co-founder and past president of the Northside Citizens Pollution Review Committee, chairwoman of the Delta County Cancer Crusade, and a member of the Delta County Historical Society. She had been a Girl Scout leader and a Cub Scout den mother when her children were young. She enjoyed playing dartball and had played in the tavern and the church leagues for 43 years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and reading.
In addition to her parents, Luella was preceded in death by three of her sisters, Mary Ann (Stasewich) Little, Patricia (Stasewich) Madsen, and Rita (Stasewich) Eubank, and two of her brothers, Robert and Richard Stasewich.
Luella is survived by her husband James, sons James (Ann) Rose, Washington Island, WI, Mark (Jean) Rose, Escanaba, Michael (Kerry-Ann) Rose, St. Paul, MN, and David (Debbie) Rose, Escanaba; two daughters, Karen (David) Wils and Lori Rose, both of Escanaba; brothers James (Janet) Stasewich, Escanaba, and Larry (Mary Ann) Krause, Rapid River; sisters Nancy (Allen) Hendrickson and Sandy (Joseph) Verbrigghe, Escanaba; brothers-in-law Roger Eubank of Escanaba and Skip Little of Illinois along with sister-in-law Janet Stasewich of Illinois; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation, for Luella, will be held Monday, April 6, 2009, from 1PM to 3:30PM, at theSkradski Funeral Home, in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial Services will follow visitation, at 4PM, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church with Rev. Fr. Rick Courier officiating. Luncheon will follow in the St. Thomas Parish Hall. Committal will take place at Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Holy Name Central Grade School or the American Stroke Association. TheSkradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are in care of arrangements.
Dear Jim, Karen, James, Mark, Lori and Family,
I had the wonderful opportunity to meet your Luella Rose around 1996-97 when my brother started dating your Karen.
Shortly after, Jim and Lori brought Luella to visit Al Holtien on the last day of his show at WDBC in Escanaba where I worked. Al greeted them with big hugs and the attention one gets from knowing a person as he chatted with them on and off the air. It was a special time and Luella had the biggest, brightest smile! It was the highlight of my day and will stay with me!
I enjoyed spending time with the Rose Family at your Camp in St Nicholas, home in Escanaba and while visiting Karen and David. There was always lots of food and family camaraderie, laughter and love. While at camp, I got to sign the guest book and read bits and pieces of family history each time I went. There were grandchildren all around, making the events extra special. Luella made sure I got to hear family stories, had food on my plate, coffee in my cup and sweets to eat afterward! The gift of hospitality is one of many gifts Luella has given to you as I can attest to.
I know you will all miss her so much and my heart reaches out to all of you. You have been blessed by her presence in your life and I have, too. I know your memories will sustain you and bring tears now and then, smiles often and blessings always.
I wish I could be home with you now-I am in thought and in my heart!
With Love and Hugs,
Barbara Wils Royer
Mark and Family,
It is with sadness we read about your Mom’s passing. Hold on to the memories and keep them close to your heart.
Believe that hope survives, love prevails, tears cleanse, memories comfort, faith soothes, good thoughts reassure, and that our belief in a better place calms the heart. May you find peace in your sorrow. With our most sincere sympathy,
From one of your 411 families:
Mary Van Dyke
Katie & Ryan Gray
Chief, Tonto and Geronimo
Mary & family
You are in my prayers at this time. Lu was a person that you can’t say enough about. She always welcomed you into her home and if it was around meal time there was always enough for one more. On the 4th of July it was like a big party and even on that day she would bring out the cutout Christmas cookies. They were the best. We are sure going to miss you.
Dianna (Wunder) Hogle and family
Union Grove, WI
To the Luella Stasewich Rose family,
How sad I was to hear that your wife (sister, mom, grandmother , and great grandmother) has passed. I grew up in Northtown (1301 Stephenson Avenue). Luella was a classmate at Webster School (as well as junior high and high school). All the way through grade school she and I competed for academic stuff, especially in spelling bees etc. (No grades in those days) She always beat me.
It was a sad thing that the untimely death of her folks took her out of the game. But her loyalty to her family and the gumption she showed in taking on their care was a truly inspiring thing to me and I never ceased to be amazed that she continued to live just a few steps from the old store on Sheridan Road.
After grade school we ran in different circles, but I always held her in high esteem and was pleased when she made it into National Honor Society (not many Northtown kids did in those days).
My very best to all of you. If ever anyone deserved stars in her crown, it was Luella. I’m sure she wears them proudly today.
Winter Park, FL
As the Escanaba High School class of 1949 contact person I send, for the 49ers, condolences to the Rose family for the loss of a very special lady and classmate.
To the Rose Family: I remember Luella when we would meet together in the Escanaba Deanery of Religious Ed. Coordinators. At the time I was at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Rapid River. I found Luella to be a beautiful Christian lady who always had a smile and was kind, thoughtful and rooted in her Catholic faith. One could easily see that she loved her Lord and thoroughly enjoyed life. I am saddened to know of her death and extend my deepest sympathies to all of you. Luella was certainly “the good and faithful servant” who I’m sure is with her Lord.
Concetta “Chetti” Green
I will miss Lue very much. I remember going there every Fourth of July. She put on the best. I dont speak with my parents or I would be there to pay my respects. But do know that I am praying and giving my respect…
To the family of Luella Rose,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Orion and Jill Mann
Orion and Jill Mann
Washington Island, WI
We send our sincere sympathy to all the Rose family.We have known you all through St Thomas Church and have watched you kids grow. Your Mom was a special lady and we will miss seeing her.
God be with you at this very sad time in your lives.
Joe & Dorothy LaFave
Words, however kind, can’t mend your heartache but those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends.
Glen & Carol Rudden
Luella Rose is my Aunt and she blessed our family with many gifts. She was a woman with determination, poise and grace. She has always been held in the highest regard in my immediate family for the things she has done for her siblings and to this day they remain close due to her efforts. She will be missed dearly, and from the bottom of my heart I am proud to be related to her. I just hope my daughters grow up with the qualities and maternal instinct that Luella had. I will do my best to instill them but there is no better mother than “The Head Red”
La Crosse, WI
I was so sad and sorry to hear that Luella passed on yesterday. I have been waiting for her return, calling the Village to see if she was back. I finally could spend more time with her and she is gone.
Soon I will be glad that she is at peace in a much awaited place. Soon I will cling to the wonderful memories I have of our bringing up kids together, having picnics, making potato sausage and talking about Church. I praise and thank God for the gift of Luella Rose and all her family.
Jim and family, my Prayers and thoughts are with you. Love, Dorothy
Dorothy Lamberg Kollmann