Rosalia "Rose" Margaret Michalski, 84
April 12, 1929 - March 10, 2014
Mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Rosalia "Rose" Margaret Michalski, age 84 of St. Cloud, will be at 11 AM Saturday, March 15, 2014 at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in St. Augusta. Father Robert Rolfes will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Rose passed away at her home early Monday morning. There will be a visitation from 4-8 PM Friday, March 14, 2014 at the church and again after 10 AM Saturday morning. Parish prayers will be at 6:30 PM Friday evening at the church. Arrangements are being made with Miller-Carlin Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Rose was born April 12, 1929 on a farm near St. Joseph to Leopold and Margaret (Reisinger) Donabauer. She grew up milking cows and working on the farm with her 12 brothers and sisters. Rose married Sylvester Michalski on June 9, 1948 in St. Joseph Catholic Church. Together the couple raised eight wonderful children on a 40 acre farm near Clearwater. Rose ran the Jack Frost barn for 12 years before moving to Annandale. She lived in Annandale with Sylvester for 5 years before they moved to Lake Mille Lacs which became home for many years before eventually moving near St. Augusta where she spent the rest of her life. She and her husband also enjoyed trips to their second home in Okeechobee, Florida for many years. One of Rose's pleasures in life was cooking and baking for her family. Her children continued to call and ask for recipes or exactly how to make a certain dish.
Rose will be remembered for her love of family. She loved each of her eight children unconditionally. She had enthusiasm for life, learning, and laughter. She passed the gifts of caring, morals, hard work, and enjoying each day to the fullest.
Rose is survived by her eight loving children Judy (Claude "Bud") Michalski-Deering, Durango, CO; Mike (Sue) Michalski, Clearwater; Jane (Cleve) Johnston, Rice; Susan Burgess, St. Cloud; Jo Ann (George Schill) Repke; Clearwater; Sharon (James) Michalski-Lukach, Rice; Sandy (Mike) Zwilling, St. Cloud; Scott (Lori) Michalski, South Haven; her 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; and her sisters Joanie Wruck, St. Cloud; and Hildegard Schneider, Sauk Rapids.
She is preceded in death by her parents Leopold and Margaret Donabauer, her husband Sylvester Michalski who passed on September 15, 2007, her brothers Herman, Ben, Al, Dan, Val, Gilbert "Gib", Florian "Timmy" and Leo Donabauer, and her sisters Gilberta "Bertha" Klein, and Othalia "Tillie" Locken.