Rosella Marie (Kelly) Bernard, age 96, a lifetime resident of Chatfield, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, June 12 at the Chosen Valley Care Center.
Rosella was born on August 25, 1923 to Rose (Heanie) and Arthur Kelly of Simpson, Minnesota. She married Melvin Bernard, son of Earl and Dorothy (Vehrenkamp) Bernard, on August 10, 1946. She graduated from college and also earned her master’s degree. She went on to teach in Blooming Prairie, MN, Rochester public school systems and substitute taught in Chatfield, MN.
Rosella’s life was centered around her Catholic faith. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chatfield, MN. Her family and friends were very important to her. She loved having visitors and phone calls from her loved ones. Rosella was a wonderful baker who also enjoyed volunteering, gardening, shopping and crafting.
Rosella is survived by her children, Patricia (Charles) Kinch of St. Michael, MN, Thomas (Sonya) Bernard of Duluth, GA, Charles (Rosie) Bernard of Mankato, MN, Jeffrey Bernard of Pomona Park, FL and daughter-in-law, Sue Bernard of Rochester, MN; 8 grandchildren, Michael Kinch, Zachariah Bernard, Brandon Bernard, Benjamin Bernard, Bryant Bernard, Philip Bernard, Shelby Remme, Jessica Bernard Sirek; 13 great-grandchildren, Morgan and Maisey Kinch, Elias Bernard, Emma and Mya Bernard, Brayden, Berkleigh and Bristol Bernard, Masyn, Myles and Maxdyn Remme, Camdyn and Kayne Sirek; one brother Vince Kelly of Rochester.
She is preceded in death by her husband Melvin, her son Carroll, her parents, Arthur and Rose Kelly, her brother Robert, and her grandson, Abram.
Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 20th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chatfield, MN at 10:30am. Visitation will be one hour before service. A private family interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Chatfield.
The family would like to thank Season’s Hospice and Chosen Valley Care Center for their love, dedication and kindness to Rosella.
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