Rose Baune


Rose Baune, 72, of Willmar Minnesota, unexpectedly passed away peacefully on February 14, of a brief but serious medical condition.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, February 19, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Interment will be at the St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Wabasso. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, February 18, at the Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Diocese of New Ulm Priest Care Fund.

She was born November 20, 1949, to Clarence and Marie Baune, and raised in Wabasso, MN. She was baptized and a life-long Catholic. As the youngest, she enjoyed being an aunt from a young age.

She married Harlan Petersen and raised their children. They lived in the Wabasso area for most of their 21 years of marriage. She later married Terry Nelson of Spicer, and moved to the Spicer area. When that marriage ended, she moved to several locations in Kandiyohi and Willmar.

After graduating from St. Anne’s high school, she worked at Loretto Hospital in New Ulm, and then at Control Data. After the birth of her first three children, she began as housekeeping at the Nursing Home, and then as a Nursing assistant. After her move to the Willmar area, she did factory work before returning to being a nursing assistant and long-term care facilities and then at group homes. She loved serving others.

She was a woman of great compassion, quiet prayer, and fierce independence. Many called her Ma Rose. She loved so many, and was loved by many more. She had so many hobbies: reading, writing poetry, baking, sewing, embroidery, games, thrift stores, laughing. She found joy in caring for others. She was a loving friend and managed a number of deep friendships.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and in-laws Virginia and Thomas Condon, Dolores and Leslie Schroeder, Alvin Baune, Gerald and Jean Baune and later Barb, James Buechner, Bernard and Cathy Baune, and Barb Baune. 

She is survived by her four children, Tim Petersen, Fr. Todd Petersen, Rachel Petersen, Amanda Petersen; grandchildren Kayla and Ethan Dallmann, Airianna and Gaige Knuteson, and Madison; siblings, Elaine and Alf Jenniges, Theresa Buechner and Sy Baune, besides many nieces and nephews.

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