Rosanne Theresa Hertel, age 68, of Winsted, passed into the arms of our Lord Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, after several months of battling metastatic breast cancer.
A memorial Mass of Christian burial will take place at Holy Trinity Church Friday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m., with visitation at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Thursday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Rosanne to Holy Trinity Schools, 110 Winsted Avenue W, Winsted, MN 55395, or to Our Lady of Peace, 2076 St. Anthony Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104.
Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.
Born Oct. 14, 1952, she was the eighth child of Leo and Genevieve (Miller) Hertel.
Rosanne was a graduate of Holy Trinity Schools, and a 1974 graduate of the College of St. Benedict, where she received an elementary teaching degree.
She returned to her hometown of Winsted to teach students in grades kindergarten through six grade, over a 45-year period, retiring in May 2019. “Miss Hertel” had a tremendous lifelong impact on countless students through the years, never taking credit in her humble way, or even truly realizing the positive effect she had on all those who knew her, whether as a teacher, coach, school musical director, or co-worker. For many summers, Rosanne stayed involved with children as the Winsted community summer recreation director and swimming lesson coordinator.
In addition to the major role Rosanne played at Holy Trinity Schools, she was also actively involved at Holy Trinity Church over the years as a choir member, lecturer, and Eucharistic minister.
Rosanne was also very involved as a volunteer in the community at the Winstock country music festival, Winsted Legion Days, and Winsted Winter Festival. In 1987, Rosanne was selected as a grand marshal when Winsted held its first Centennial celebration, an honor that she cherished.
Rosanne showed her creative and artistic skills through her jewelry making, creating beautiful earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. She also enjoyed crocheting blankets, scarves, and hats for her family and friends.
Rosie’s siblings would like to thank her many friends, near and far, former coworkers, and especially, former students and parents of those she taught who sent her cards and letters of love and support as she battled her illness. Special thanks to the nurses and caregivers at St. Mary’s Rehab Center (Winsted), Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis), and Our Lady of Peace Hospice Center (St. Paul).
She was preceded in death by her eldest brother, baby Paul Hertel, John (Jack) Hertel, and James (Jim) Hertel.
Surviving are siblings, Mary Jo (Hertel) Smuda, Jane (Hertel) Campbell, Jerome (Jerry) Hertel and wife, Toni, Carol (Hertel) Kluk and husband, Don, Frances (Hertel) Tieman and husband, Doug, and sister-in-law, Kathy (Campbell) Hertel.
Rosanne, aka Aunt Rosie, is also survived by 22 nieces and nephews, 37 great-nieces and great-nephews, and four great-great-nieces and nephews.
Eternal rest grant unto her, oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.