Rose M. Houk, age 66 of Sauk Centre, passed away Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family after a long 26-year battle with cancer.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Jeremy Theis officiating. Inurnment will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls at a later date.

Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Parish prayers were at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. There was no visitation prior to the Mass on Wednesday.

Rose  Mary Schwinghammer was born May 5, 1954,  in Sauk Centre, to Walter and Leona (Heimenz) Schwinghammer. She attended Elementary Catholic School in Elrosa and graduated from Belgrade High School in 1972. She continued her education at Willmar Vocational Technical College with an Electronics degree. She married Terry McBroom in 1972, and to this union they were blessed with three children, Pam, Chad and Jeremiah. While living in New London she worked as a waitress, at CSI Technologies, and with the New London Ambulance Service. Terry and Rose divorced and in 1990, Rose married Dan Houk. They were blessed with one son, Daniel. In 1992, the couple moved to Detroit Lakes where she did daycare and worked at Becker County Zoning. She also worked at United Music, Lakes Shirts, and New Dimensions Home Health. In 2012, she began working at Sauk Centre Alternative Senior Care.

Rose enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, sewing and quilting which included many fidget quilts for hospice. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing and traveling.

She attended St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade.

Survivors include her husband, Dan Houk of Sauk Centre; children, Pam McBroom of St. Cloud, Chad McBroom (Jessica) of Pennock, Jeremiah (Kelsey) McBroom of Detroit Lakes, and Daniel “D.J.” (special friend, Danielle Bosak) of Boise, Idaho; step-children, Stephani (Mark) Johnston of Duluth, Andrew (Stephanie) Houk of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Jason Houk (friend, Christie) of Atwater; nine grandchildren, Paige, Preston, Cambry and Sawyer McBroom, Callista, Josey, Everett, and Charlie Johnston, and Zachary Houk; mother, Leona Schwinghammer of Belgrade; brothers and sisters, Pat Born of Waseca, Judy (Don) Potter of International Falls, Dennis Schwinghammer of Phoenix, Ann Temple of Citrus Heights, California, David (Joyce) Schwinghammer of Belgrade, Richard Schwinghammer of Plymouth, Walter (Jackie) Schwinghammer of Newark, Arkansas and Anthony (Shirley) Schwinghammer of Pueblo West, Colorado.

Rose was preceded in death by her father, Walter Schwinghammer; and brother, Allen Schwinghammer.

A special thank you to CentraCare Hospice for the wonderful care they gave Rose and her family and to Fr. Jeremy Theis for all his prayers and visits at the house.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.       

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