LUCILLE ROEHRICH, life-long Wabasha and Plainview resident, Dies at 89.
Lucille Roehrich, a charter member of Wabasha’s Faith Lutheran Church, died July 5th, at Saint Elizabeth’s long-term care facility in Wabasha, Minnesota. She was 89.
Her eldest surviving daughter, Connie, said the cause was heart failure and complications from a recent broken hip.
Lucille is survived by Steve (Susan) Roehrich, of Charleston, SC, Connie (Jim Von Bank) Roehrich of Mendota Heights, MN, Theresa (Paul) Kosen of San Diego, CA and Rochelle (Bruce) Chen of San Diego, CA. She also leaves behind her grandchildren: Peter (Michael Cavey) Roehrich of Washington, DC, Joseph Kosen of Red Wing, MN, Ensign Adam (Raychell) Kosen, USCG of Boston, MA, and Alexandra Kosen, of San Diego, CA.
Lucille was born December 28, 1929 in Plainview’s Woodland Township near Schad’s corner, the daughter of Gustav Schmidt, a German immigrant from near Hamburg, Germany, and Theresa Natz, formerly of Nebraska. She grew up on the family farm where her father was a farmer and her mother a homemaker. She was the youngest of seven children, and is preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings: Alston (Pat) Schmidt, Dorothy (Chuck) Bremer, Esther (Leo) Siebenaler, Paul (Phyllis) Schmidt, Elmer Schmidt, and Wilmer (Leona) Schmidt.
She graduated from Plainview High School and fondly told stories of attending a one-room elementary school house at Schad’s Corner. As a high school student, she would ride her horse into Plainview to see movies with her friends. After graduation she worked as a nursing aide at Rochester’s St Mary’s Hospital, now part of The Mayo Clinic.
Lucille married Donald Rosenberg, of Honey Ridge area near Plainview in 1949, where he farmed, and they had Steven, Connie and Janice. Donald died in 1955 from complications from life-long diabetes. Lucille was left as a single parent to raise 3 children under austere financial conditions, supported by welfare payments, in a home without indoor plumbing or television. She constantly cited these events as a primary influencer of her tenacity, personality and character. Her daughter Janice died at age 59 after battling diabetes for 52 years.
Lucille met and married Faribault native, Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Dale G. Roehrich in 1959 and the family moved to Wabasha, Minnesota. Dale legally adopted Steve, Connie and Jan, and then Dale and Lucille had two more daughters, Theresa and Rochelle. Lucille raised her family while Dale served the Wabasha, Winona and Goodhue counties state patrol station for 33 years as a state trooper. During these years, she loved the times when her family would take short camping vacations “up-north” and throughout the upper-Midwest. She was proud that all her children became college graduates. Lucille strongly supported Dale as a Wabasha School District board member. She and Dale with a small group of parishioners founded Wabasha’s Faith Lutheran Church after disagreement and ex-communication by a local, conservative and dogmatic, Wisconsin Synod Lutheran Church. Dale died in 2008.
After her children left Wabasha for college and careers, Lucille became a travel agent, a role she loved and relished. She traveled throughout the United States, London, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, Lima, Morocco, and sailed the inner passage to Alaska. She was socially engaged until the last few years of her life with her close Wabasha friends in their sewing and birthday clubs, enjoying her birds and squirrels at their feeders, and bald eagles flying over the Mississippi River. She was a shrewd card and board games player as well as a puzzle master.
The visitation will begin at 10 a.m. July 19, 2019, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, Wabasha with interment at Greenwood Cemetery, Plainview, MN on July 19, 2019.
Services entrusted to Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory, Wabasha, MN. Words of remembrance may be left at www.abbottfh.com