Rose Ann Wollschlager, age 86, of Milbank, formerly of Revillo, passed away on July 15, 2022, at St. William’s Care Center in Milbank.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. Father Gary DeRouchey will celebrate the Mass.
Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Wednesday, one hour prior to the Mass.
Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Revillo.
Rose Ann (Adelman) Wollschlager was born on January 28, 1936, in Ortonville, MN. She was the daughter of Andrew and Susan (Vonderharr) Adelman. Rose Ann attended parochial school in Rosen, MN, through the eighth grade. She continued her high school education in Bellingham, MN, graduating with the Class of 1954.
Rose Ann worked as a nanny for area families, played organ for St. Joseph’s Men’s Choir in Rosen, MN, and Serenity Choir. She was united in marriage with James A. Wollschlager on April 16, 1955, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. They were blessed with ten children. They resided north of Revillo where they farmed. They purchased the home place in 1960.
Rose Ann was a dedicated farm wife and mother, showing her love in her Saturday baking and daily hearty meals. She tended a large garden and canned or froze her harvest, creating traditions and memories of the sweet corn process for grandchildren and great-grandchildren alike. She kept her children going “in the right direction.” As the children became more independent, Rose Ann worked off the farm at the canning factory, Stearn’s, and at Big Stone Cheese Factory for 21 years. She was a faithful member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Revillo where she played organ for 53 years and was a member of the Altar Society.
Rose Ann’s husband, Jim, passed away in 2001. Rose Ann remained on the farm for ten years then made her decision to move to Milbank, SD, and has since resided.
Rose Ann enjoyed traveling with her sisters and friends to many places; her favorite place was Alaska. She enjoyed playing cards, especially with the Marietta Senior’s Card Club. She loved her Thursday mornings with the Hardee’s coffee club. Rose Ann enjoyed family holidays and attending her grandchildren’s activities. She was a talented seamstress and was always patching jeans. She enjoyed music, especially polkas. She was an avid Minnesota Twins fan. Rose Ann enjoyed word searches and puzzles.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Cindy (Tom) Schuelke of Nassau, MN; Tom Wollschlager of Strandburg, SD; Ben Wollschlager of Big Stone City, SD; Bonnie Wollschlager of Watertown, SD; Doug (Renae) Wollschlager of Revillo, SD; Lisa Cozad of Watertown, SD; Nancy (Steve) Schlageter of Cornell, WI; Janet Wollschlager of Watertown, SD; and Kathy (Brad) Folk of Milbank, SD; 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one sister, Irene (Roger) McCulloch of Milbank, SD; one brother, Jim (Betty) Adelman of Rapid City, SD; sisters-in-law: Fronie Adelman, Dorothy Adelman; in-laws: Liz Radermacher, Velma Wollschlager, Norbert Nilsson, Alice Radermacher, Sister Rita Wollschlager, Jeanette Ferris, Peg (Ed) Hoffman, Teresa (Mike) Kemen; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Virginia; two brothers; and two sisters.