Rosina A. Suilmann, age 90, of Wabasha, formerly of Ellsworth, WI, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at St. Elizabeth’s Nursing Home in Wabasha.
She was born Dec. 1, 1920, in Howard Lake Township of Wright County, the daughter of Louis and Amanda Stifter; and she is the last surviving child of 10, five boys and five girls.
Rosina attended Holy Trinity School in Winsted, graduating in 1942. From 1942 to 1945, she attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing and received her RN degree. She continued to be employed at St. Mary’s Hospital.
From 1950 to 1952, she attended the College of St. Theresa in Winona, where she received her bachelor of science degree in nursing education. Following this, she returned to St. Mary’s and was a nursing instructor until she married Innocence Suilmann of Wabasha Feb. 23, 1957, in Rochester.
They moved to Ellsworth, WI, where they lived, farmed, and raised their three sons. Rosina also continued her nursing career at the Ellsworth Care Center.
The couple retired and moved to Wabasha in November 1994. Innocence died Jan. 3, 1995.
Rosina was a member of St. Felix Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women. In her earlier years, she was an active member of the Homemakers Club in Ellsworth, and served as a 4-H volunteer.
Rosina enjoyed gardening, sewing, and doing a host of volunteer work, including hospice care for St. Elizabeth’s in Wabasha.
Rosina is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Kimberly Suilmann, Powder Springs, GA, John and Deanna Suilmann, Bloomer, WI, and Brian (fiancée Terry Snoeyenbos) Suilmann, Hampton, MN; three grandchildren, Caitlin and Lauren Suilmann, and Chris Suilmann; brother-in-law Francis (Elaine) Suilmann; sisters-in-law Bernice “Bunnie” Suilmann, and Annabelle Suilmann, all of Wabasha; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Innocence, she was preceded in death by four sisters, and five brothers.
A funeral Mass was offered Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Felix Catholic Church in Wabasha with the Rev. Thomas Cook officiating. Interment was in St. Francis Cemetery in Ellsworth. Family and friends called at St. Felix Church Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
The Abbott Funeral Home of Wabasha handled the arrangements; www.abbottfh.com.