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Obituary for Robert Rodewald

Robert Rodewald, 83, of Spring Park, MN, formerly of Northfield, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis. Robert Kenneth Rodewald was born on April 28, 1937 to Roger and Agnes (Hughes) Rodewald in Faribault. He grew up mostly in Northfield, but his family moved to Denver, CO, Newark, NJ, and Summit, NJ before moving back to Northfield, where he graduated from high school. He started working out of high school at Brown Printing in Waseca. He held various jobs throughout his life. They included working at Fair Price Market in Northfield as a meat cutter, […]

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Robert Rodewald, 83, of Spring Park, MN, formerly of Northfield, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis.

Robert Kenneth Rodewald was born on April 28, 1937 to Roger and Agnes (Hughes) Rodewald in Faribault. He grew up mostly in Northfield, but his family moved to Denver, CO, Newark, NJ, and Summit, NJ before moving back to Northfield, where he graduated from high school.

He started working out of high school at Brown Printing in Waseca. He held various jobs throughout his life. They included working at Fair Price Market in Northfield as a meat cutter, selling life insurance in St. Peter, working at Northfield Printing as a pressman, and as a meat cutter at Lund’s, where he had worked for 20 years before retiring. He was a master printer and master meat cutter.

He married Judith Edmonds on August 11, 1956 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. They had two children and later divorced. Robert married Barbara Ann Gettelfinger on May 3, 2001.

Robert was a Freemason and a Shriner. He had been a member of the Northfield Masonic Lodge and the Zurhah Shriners. He was friendly, outgoing and enjoyed conversation with friends and family. Whether it was word play, a turn of phrase, or an original way of seeing the world around him, those who knew him will remember the sense of humor that was uniquely his own. He was a kind, gentle, understanding and loving father. Robert was loved and will be dearly missed.

Robert is survived by his children, Linda (Gary) Ruesch of Fanwood, NJ and Michael (Carmen) of Orono; grandchildren, Laura Ruesch, Logan, and Audrey; brother, Larry (Linda) of Rosemount; and nieces, Michelle (Austin Voigt), Jacqueline, and Suzanne.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Barbara (2011).

Memorials preferred to the American Lung Association, PO Box 11039, Lewiston, ME, 04243-9409.

A private committal service for Robert will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault. Interment will follow.

Arrangements are with Bierman Funeral Home & Crematory, Northfield. www.biermanfuneralhome.com

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7 Comments

  1. Deb Froiland Grewe

    Linda and Mike,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

    Deb

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    • Steve McGuire

      Linda and Mike,

      Sorry ton hear of your loss. I’ve thought of your dad off and on over the years. As my brother’s also wrote, I remember him fondly from Christmasses at Grandma Edmonds.

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    • Steve and Hiroko McGuire

      Linda and Mike,

      We are sorry for your loss. Like my brothers, I remember your dad from the Christmases at Grandma Edmonds’ too.

      Steve and Hiroko

      Reply
  2. Martha Froiland Johnson

    Linda and Mike,

    I am sorry for your loss. I have many memories of being at Grandma’s with the whole family. Your dad was a very kind man, and a fun uncle. Love to you.

    Martha

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  3. McGuire, John

    Linda and Mike,

    I am sorry to learn that your dad has passed away. I have fond memories of him from our family gatherings at Grandma Edmonds when we were kids. He always seemed like a gentle and a kind man. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you grieve during this very difficult time.

    John

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  4. David mcguire

    Linda and Mike, I’m so sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was instrumental in Mary and me moving to Northfield. At family thanksgiving at grandma Edmonds in 1978 i mentioned to him that i was thinking of looking for work in Northfield. He said, “my neighbor( Arden Almen) is looking for a bus driver. He put me in touch and on your dads recommendation, i got the job. Your dad was one of the “fun” uncles and he will be missed.

    Dave

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  5. Sue Hughes Burns

    Linda, Mike, and Larry we were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was one of the good guys; and he will be missed. Love to you all.

    Reply

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