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Stephen Rosckes, 64

Stephen “Steve” Roman Rosckes, age 64, of Lester Prairie, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, after a 30-year battle with brain cancer.

Stephen Roman Rosckes was born May 31, 1947, in Shakopee, the son of Arthur and Edna (Welter) Rosckes.

He graduated from Guardian Angels High School in Chaska in 1966. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served in the 572nd Engineeers Company in the Vietnam War.

Steve returned from Vietnam in 1969, and married the love of his life, Suzanne Strobel, Nov. 29, in Arlington. They made their home on a farm near Lester Prairie, and were blessed with four children, Jennifer, James, Julie, and Stephanie. Steve and Sue enjoyed 42 years of marriage.

Steve loved his family immensely, and was a thoughtful man who would go out of his way to help others. He was a hardworker, who farmed for 25 years and retired from Xcel Energy after 27 years.

In his “spare time,” he enjoyed remodeling his farmhouse and lake home.

After retirement, he loved cheering at his grandchildren’s sporting events and helping with his son’s business.

He was happiest surrounded by family and friends at the lake, playing cards and games, and traveling to warm destinations with his wife.

Stephen is survived by his wife, Suzanne Rosckes of Lester Prairie; children, Jennifer Raether, and her husband, Greg; James Rosckes and his wife, Tina; Julie Anderson and her husband, Michael; Stephanie McCluskey and her husband, Justin; grandchildren, Alexis, Tanner, Kenady, Malorie; great-grandchild, Landon; sister, Joanne Schmitz, and her husband, Edmund; brothers, Albert Rosckes, Thomas Rosckes, Donald Rosckes, and his wife, Joan; Bernard Rosckes, and his wife, Sally; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many friends.

Stephen was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Edna Rosckes; sister-in-law, Rosette Rosckes; nieces, Deborah Rosckes, and Cindy Koshiol.

Mass of Christian burial took place at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with interment in the spring at Guardian Angels Catholic Cemetery in Chaska. Clergy officiating was Father Anthony Hesse; organist was LaVonne Kielkucki; musical selections included “One Day At A Time,” “Lead Me Lord,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” and “Be Not Afraid;” military honors were by Lester Prairie American Legion Post 463.

Casketbearers were John Rosckes, David Rosckes, Kenny Rosckes, Jeff Schmitz, Kyle Strobel, Kevin Strobel, Clayton Strobel, Joel Strobel, Seth Strobel, and Evan Buckley.

Honorary casketbearers were Dan Rosckes, Paul Rosckes, Chris Rosckes, Aaron Strobel, Ian Furmanek, Alex McFadden, and Zack McFadden.

Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guestbook are available at www.hantge.com.

The family is grateful for the loving care Steve received from the nurses at Ridgeview Hospice. Memorials can be given in memory of Steve to the American Brain Tumor Association at www.abta.org.