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James E. Rohde, 66

James Ernest Rohde, age 66, of Cold Spring, formerly of Dassel, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at the St. Benedicts Senior Community in St. Cloud.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Darwin with Fr. Brian Mandel officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, with parish prayers at 6:30 p.m.; and will continue Monday one hour prior to the Mass at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is handling the arrangements.

James was born April 2, 1947, in Stewart, the son of Ernest Frank and Marie (Schnichels) Rohde. He grew up on the family farm near the Ellsworth landing on Lake Washington.

He was baptized and later confirmed in the Catholic faith, and was presently a member of St. John’s Catholic Church at the time of his death.

James was united in marriage to Mary Johnson April 12, 1977, in Minneapolis. The couple made their home on the Rohde family farm.

James had been employed for seasonal canning work for Faribault Foods in Cokato since he was 16 years old, and he worked full time for Faribault Foods for 12 years.

He loved music, and especially polka music. James was an avid fisherman, and also enjoyed taking a Sunday drive around the countryside. He had a favorite spot in his heart for his tractor, and would enjoy finding time to drive around.

Mary and James liked to travel, taking trips to Key West, FL, Idaho, Denver, CO, and Yellowstone National Park.

James especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

James is survived by his significant other, Mary Rohde of Cold Spring; children, Daniel Yankovec, Michael Yankovec, both of Sartell, Jonathan (Linda) Yankovec of Andover, Jamie Rohde of St. Cloud, Cheryl Danzeisen of Sauk Rapids, Ernest Rohde of St. Cloud, and Marc Rohde of Cold Spring; seven grandchildren; and siblings Gerald Rohde of Litchfield, Dorothy (Roger) Johnson of Cokato, Carole (Dennis) Berglund of Dassel, Shirley (James) Nelson of Watkins, and Audrey (Paul) Grant of Rapid City, SD.

He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher; his parents; and a brother, Eugene Rhode and his wife, Helen Rohde.

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