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Rosella Fosen

Published: Monday, April 23, 2012 9:22 a.m. CDT

Mrs. Rosella Fosen, 92, of Odell, Ill., died April 21, 2012, at OSF Saint James Hospital in Pontiac, Ill.

Born Feb, 28, 1920, in Essex, Ill., she was the daughter of Peter and Katherine ( Baijt ) Havidich. She often recalled memories of being a young girl and living on the farm south of Gardner, Ill., attending Fiefield Elementary School, and graduating from Gardner-South Wilmington High School in 1938.

She married Tenis Fosen on Jan. 25, 1944. Rose and Teny loved their farm south of Odell, where they raised six children and lived 47 years, until his death on Feb. 18, 1991.

She is survived by three sons, Dennis (Linda) Fosen of Odell, and his three children, Stephen of Lexington, Lisa Morey of Elmhurst, and Amy Bingham of Bloomington; Gary Fosen of Odell, and his three daughters, Lauren Spaeth and Kristen Fosen of Austin, Texas, and Jordan Fosen of Rochester, Ill; and Brian (Teriona) Fosen of Wamego, Kan., and his children, Amelia and Jonathan Fosen. Amelia is about to be married and Rose was looking forward to attending the wedding.

Her three daughters, who also survive, are Diane (Tony) Krachtus of Oswego, Ill., and her daughter, Michelle, of Sugar Grove, Ill.; Sandra (Jack) Daniel of Cypress, Texas, and her two children, Jack Nimmo and Lori Baker, both of Cypress, Texas; and Karen (Jack) Lundquist and her three children, Andrea, Jared and Victoria, all of Woodstock, Vt.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two brothers, Martin and Edward; and two sisters, Mamie and Ann.

Rose had a great sense of humor and took great pleasure in every family gathering, making them festive and fun for all of her 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She loved to cook, bake, sew, dance, work in her yard, and read novels.

Rose belonged to St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Odell. She was a charter member of Circle Three of the Lady’s Sodality, the Catholic Daughters of America, the Odell Senior Citizens, the Livingston County Farm Bureau, a former Moose member, and a “special” euchre club in Odell, IL.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation at St. Paul’s Church in Odell from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. The Celebration of Life Mass will be held at St. Paul Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Odell.

Honored to be pallbearers are her grandsons Jack Nimmo, Stephen Fosen, Jared Lundquist amd Jonathan Fosen, along with two sons-in-law, Jack Daniel and Tony Krachtus.

Our mother, Rose will always be loved and missed. We will forever be grateful for all the love, humor and support she gave to us. We know she would also like to thank Sarah and all the staff of Evenglow Lodge who cared for her these last five years.

Donations may be made to St. Paul’s Church or school, the Odell Library, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be extended online to the family at

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home in Odell. For additional information, call the funeral home at (815) 844-7111.

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