Romaine H. Van Rossum

Born: Tue., Jan. 12, 1932
Died: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 12, 2018
Location: Woodland Hills Funeral Home

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Sat., Oct. 13, 2018
Location: Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel

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    Romaine H. Van Rossum, age 86 of Mankato, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Cass Lake Hospital in Cass Lake, Minnesota.
    Memorial services will be 2:00PM on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel in Mankato.  Visitation will be from 4-7PM Friday evening at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service Saturday. Private interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.
   He was born on January 12, 1932 in Mankato to Garrett and Emma (Coult) Van Rossum.
   He served in the Navy during the Korean War and told stories of his adventures in Iceland and other parts of the world.
   Rome graduated with a teaching degree from Mankato State University. He went on to get his masters and specialist degrees. After one year in Minneapolis, he started in Mankato with elementary grades at Washington then middle school at Franklin and finished his career at Mankato East High School as a reading specialist. He was known for making big papier-mâché masks, hatching baby chicks and instilling a love of coin collecting.
   He was married to DeElda Strom on November 15, 1953. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary shortly before Dee’s passing in 2003.
   He loved to be at his lake home on Leech Lake. A good day was one spent on the lake with a fishing pole in his hand and finished with happy hour on the swing on the deck looking at the lake. In the fall there was deer hunting with all of the “boys”.
   Winters were spent in warmer places:  Brazil, Chile, Mexico and for the last years, in Texas.
Rome was an avid coin collector. The joy a half penny with double die inverse could bring! He made beautiful marquetry pictures with a special technique done by very few people. He could build, wire, fix, lay floor covering and teach anything to anyone.
   He is survived by his children and grandchildren; son Randy Van Rossum (Karla), daughter Kathy Kremer (Mike), daughter Cindy Méndez (Gregorio); Grandchildren Kendra, Kaylynn, Ryan Van Rossum, Dan, Jon (Becci) Kremer, Goyo and Erika Méndez, sister Norma Boutell and special friend Bernie Wartner.
   He will be missed by many; friends, former students, foreign exchange students, friends in Germany, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, at Leech Lake and the Yellow Rose in Texas and especially by his family.
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Bruce Simmons
   Posted Sat October 06, 2018

I am very sorry for the loss of your father. He was a good man and although I haven't seen him (or you for that matter) I enjoyed knowing him.

Bruce Simmons

Ron Geppert
   Posted Sun October 07, 2018
You have my sincere condolences and I hope this poem is of some comfort now and in the future. - Ron & Emmy

You can shed tears that he is gone
or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he’s gone
or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back
or you can do what he’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
David Harkins
Silloth, Cumbria, UK

Close your eyes and think about everything that was good.

Pat/Tom Rogness
   Posted Sun October 07, 2018
Rom will be missed by those who knew him. A good man, loved his family and country. I know we will miss him. Pat/Tom

Rich and Karen Porter
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. We know Rome would have wanted to live out his last days right here at his cabin. He loved it as much as he loved his family.
Rich and Karen

Rick Pepper
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
So sorry for your loss Van Rossum family, he was an amazing neighbor to us, we will miss him.

Rob Thompson
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
Please send me an Email or call me (507-634-4345).
All information is 3rd hand from my Mom in TX and I wanted to ensure Saturday's 'thing's time was correct... Judy and I will be there representing my Mom and our side of the family.

Condolences obviously.

Forrest Burress
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
Our sincerest condolences, little did I know when I said good bye a couple of weeks ago it would be forever. After having known him for 39 years I know how much he loved Randy, Cathy, Cindy and your mother Dee. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Burry and JoAnne

Sue and Rick Orcutt
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
Randy, Cathy and Cindy:
We want to express our deep felt sympathy for the passing of your dad. What a guy! Such a strong character over the years. His focus was always on the family and it shows in how much you three are so focused on your families, as well. As an uncle, he was a really great guy to visit with. Always earnest and always wanting to do whatever he could to help you out.
We’ll be unable to be at the service as we’re already in AZ. Please know we’ll be thinking of the three of your and your families as you reminisce about your dad and mom during this difficult time.
Sue and Rick Orcutt

Denise Wirtz
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018

So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Hold tight your memories, keep your friends and family close, keep those memories alive. My sympathy to you all during this time.

Andy & Kristen Geppert
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018
Randy, Kathy, Cindy: We were saddened to hear of your loss last Friday. We pray for your strength and comfort as you all work through this big change in your lives. Many years ago Rome introduced my parents to the north shore of Leech Lake which became a summer home for us. Pretty cool how that connection Rome made way-back-when is something we still cherish today. I’m sure your dad was responsible for many other positive connections like that through the years. Long live the great memories he brought us all.
-Andy, Kristen and the boys.

Lynn Borgman
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018
Cindy, Randy and Kathy: May sweet memories ease your heavy hearts. The great hunting stand in the sky has welcomed him with open arms. xo

Brad and Ann Hendricks
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
We are reminded of all the good times with your family. We love you.

Steve and Bonnie Kremer
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018
We are so sorry to hear about your Dad & Grandfather. Rome was a busy and hard working man that had a pretty good life and Family Time that saw a lot of the Country/Countries. It's hard to see him leave this Earth but know that he is now enjoying the Perfect World with friends and family of the past. God Bless the Van Rossum Family during these dark days.

Melanie Froslie
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018
RIP Rome, you will be missed so much! Watch over grandma and your family, you will forever be in our hearts. Prayers to the family during this trying time.

Don Mulvehill
   Posted Sat October 13, 2018
So VERY SORRY for the loss of your DAD Randy, Kathy and Cindy. Always Remembered your Dad as a fun loving good man. Many memories were shared when at Leech Lake or out here in South Dakota hunting Prairie Deer. We always enjoyed the fishing with your Dad and staying at the Cabin on the Lake. OUR FAMILY ALWAYS ENJOYED THE TIMES WE SHARED WITH THE VAN ROSSUM CLAN. RIP ROME / THE MULVEHILLS

Leonard Tvedten
   Posted Sun October 14, 2018
Carol and I are very sorry for your loss. I student taught for Rome at Washington Elementary and his advice and integrity have been a positive influence throughout my life. Carol and I have great memories of Rome and all he meant to us.

Wes Davey
   Posted Tue October 16, 2018
Mr. Van Rossum was my 5th grade teacher at Washington in the 1959-60 school year. I was an inattentive student in class but Mr. Van Rossum was somehow patient with me. Still, there were frequent weekends when I would be writing “I will behave in class” on sheets of notebook paper that would be handed in to him on Monday mornings. That mild discipline didn’t affect my opinion of him – I thought he was a great teacher who still stands out almost 60 years later. That disruptive 5th grade kid is now a great-grandfather who remembers the wonderful smile Mr. Van Rossum had for his students. I wish I could have known him later in life.

Terry McTigue
   Posted Tue October 16, 2018
Two thoughts come to mind when I think of .your dad. First is my father wearing the mask I made in grade school every Halloween when he went to the door to give out treats. Not sure if the kids or my father was more excited! Second, was receiving a happy Birthday call on my eighteenth birthday from Mr Van Rossum! That was really cool! Best teacher I ever had! Fond memories...

Jay Haugesag
   Posted Wed October 17, 2018
I owe a lot to this man. When I was in eighth grade my reading was horrible. I think I had about a 3rd grade reading level. My parents and staff at Franklin Jr High got together and decided to put me in Special education reading class with Mr. Van Rossum. I was so mad and embarrassed about this. My first day in class he sat with me and had me read to him a child's book in large print called "The 50 Ford" !!!! That was the first book I ever read in my life up until that point cover to cover. I was so proud of myself. He was such a kind, gentle, patient man. I looked forward to my class with him after that. By the time I left eighth grade he had me up to speed. I enjoy reading to this day. He was a great teacher.

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