Nov 4, 1926 - Aug 2, 2021
Graveside services for Rose Westerholm, 94, will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday August 9, 2021 at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton, Wyoming officiated by Echo Klaproth. Mrs. Westerholm passed away on Monday, August 2, 2021 at Help for Health Hospice home, with her daughter Patricia at her side, following a major stroke and brief stay in the caring hands of hospice staff. Rose’s family is grateful to have shared memories together, including Rose having three scoops of ice cream out with family just a week before her stroke. The family also enjoyed some shared laughter and “I love you’s” during Rose’s remarkable rebound from the stroke – a few days with her in the hospital that are a gift the family will treasure.
Rose was born on November 4, 1926 in Brownton, Minnesota, daughter of Lawrence and Anna Barbara (Pinter) Loncorich. She grew up and attended school in Brownton. During her school years, Rose had a white horse named King. Rose graduated high school in 1945 and a few years later, she met Carl Westerholm and they married in 1951. Rose and Carl had four children: Richard, Patricia, Thomas, and Paulette. Rose and Carl also had seven grandchildren and 12 greatgrandchildren.
Rose loved cake decorating and she could make the most beautiful roses out of frosting that looked real! Her baking skills were admired by many. In fact, Rose was a professional baker in the cafeteria of Cargill headquarters in Minnetonka, Minnesota – a career she proudly built once Carl’s position at Minneapolis Moline was eliminated through a major layoff. Upon her retirement, Rose received a card signed by dozens of her coworkers who were sad to see her go and begged her to come back to bake pies on Fridays. Rose was a devoted mother to her four children before she started her career. She also did a lot of baking, gardening, canning, and sewing.
In the early 1990s, Rose and Carl moved to Riverton, Wyoming where their daughter Paulette and family lived. The couple poured their hearts into their five-acre property on Minter Lane, planting dozens of trees, hedges, flowers and a great big garden. Their neighbors, friends and family admired the dedication the couple had to beautifying their property. Rose and Carl’s daughter Patricia moved to Riverton soon after Rose and Carl. Rose was very proud to be called “Grandma”. In addition to baking and gardening, Rose was an excellent seamstress and she loved having fun searching for antiques and spending time with family.
Rose is survived by her children, Richard (Beth) Westerholm of Lewiston, Idaho, Patricia Westerholm of Riverton, Wyoming, Thomas (Tina) Westerholm of Chaska, Minnesota, and Paulette (Jim) Moss of Riverton, Wyoming. Rose is survived by her grandchildren Susan (and family), Tommy Westerholm (and family), Billy Westerholm (and family) – all of Minnesota, as well as Olie Moss of Surprise, Arizona, and Carla (Zack) DiMeo of Casper, Wyoming. Rose is also survived by her 12 greatgrandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband Carl; parents, Lawrence and Anna, a granddaughter and her brothers and sisters.