Rose Patricia Trondson, 76, of Donnybrook, died on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, on arrival at a Minot hospital.
Rose was born on April 11, 1936, in Minot, to Louie and Millie (Berget) Perlichek. She was reared and educated in Burlington and also attended school in Minot. Rose was very athletic and active in sports and played on a softball team during her high school years; the team became state champions. While in high school, she worked in the coal mines with her father and at Howdy's Cafe in Burlington, where she met Willie.
Rose, known as "Rosie" to her friends and family, married Willie Trondson on June 30, 1961, at the Minot Air Force Base Chapel. They made their home at various Air Force bases around the world prior to Willie's retirement from the Air Force. In 1971 they returned to North Dakota and settled in Donnybrook in 1973. While raising her children, Rosie was employed at D.J.'s Bar in Donnybrook and the Vets Club in Kenmare. Rosie continued to reside in Donnybrook following the death of her husband on May 10, 2002.
Rose was a member of the Donnybrook Methodist Church and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She often listened to books on tape but her favorite pastimes were watching old western movies on television and watching birds that flocked to her yard. Rosie enjoyed entertaining and was always prepared for any guest who would stop by to say hello. She knew no strangers and all were welcomed with a friendly greeting and a drink.
Rosie's loving family includes: her children, Kathy Lee, of Burlington, Willie (Dawn Ann) Trondson, of Irma, S.C., Tammy (Mike) Steinberger, of Ritzville Wash., and Dr. Troy (Brittany) Trondson, of Knoxville, Tenn.; nephew whom she raised, Louie "Buck" (Michiele) Perlichek of Prior Lake, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Donna (Roland) Watts, of Tucson, Ariz., Mildred "Babe" (Rand) Spraggins, of Stockton, Calif., Gary (Jan) Perlichek, of Oakley, Calif.; sister-in-law, Janice Perlichek; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rose was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Robert Lee; and siblings, Luella Perlichek, Kathryn "Tootie" Hughes, Louie Perlichek and Russell Perlichek.
Celebration of the Life of Rose Trondson: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Vincent United Methodist Church, Minot.
Interment arrangements are pending.
Visitation: Monday, March 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).