Roselyn VanElsberg

Van Elsberg, RoslynRoselyn “Rose”  VanElsberg, 72, formerly of Forest Lake, currently of Danbury, Wis., died unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.

Roselyn is preceded in death by her husband, Allen VanElsberg, and parents, Agnes and Francis Trudell.

She is deeply missed by beloved companion, Tom Bonkrude; daughters, Jody Boyum, Sheila Smith, Wendy Lerdahl; son, Troy Stanton.

Rose worked as a Realtor in Forest Lake during the ’70s and ’80s (Roselyn Stanton) and in the ’90s she succeeded in the motel business (Northern Air Motel) and with its sale, she was provided a comfortable, happy retirement in Danbury for the past 10 years.

A picture of Rose in her convertible sports car could describe her best: she loved life and never got too old to live it. Her great humor and comical way of thinking outside of the box was a welcoming way for people to get to know her and wonderful way to remember her by.

Rose was granted her long-time wish by not knowing what day would be her last and those who know her best have great comfort in knowing where she is now. We are all very sad and we will miss her, but she taught us to see things her way and I will follow with this: “Good job Mom, you made it!”

Please join us to remember and celebrate Rose. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 at Roberts Family Funeral Home, 555 Centennial Drive SW, Forest Lake, with a memorial service beginning at 7 p.m.