Rose Ella (Knoll) Wanous, age 93, of Cokato, formerly of Silver Lake, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019.
She was born June 30, 1925, in Silver Lake, to Martin and Ella (Rivers) Knoll. Rose spent her childhood and earlier years living on the farm.
Eventually, she met James Wanous, and the two were joined in marriage April 18, 1944, at St. Joseph Church in Silver Lake. Together, they raised seven children.
Rose was known for her warm and caring personality; she was happiest taking care of her family. Always wearing an apron, she would often cook large meals for her family and friends, making sure everyone was well fed and took home leftovers to enjoy the next day.
Not only was she a great cook, she was also skilled in canning everything from strawberries and raspberries from her garden, to various meats from the farm.
She loved to dance, play cards, and tend her bountiful gardens. When she would find time, she would knit, crochet, and quilt many projects for her friends and family.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband, James; son, Myron; an infant at birth; parents, Martin and Ella Knoll; step-father, Oscar Webb; brothers Clemens, Richard, and Damis Knoll; several step-siblings; son-in-law, Merlyn Miller; brother-in-law, Elmer; and sisters-in-law Della and Joyce Knoll.
She will be missed by her surviving family members: children, Millie (Butch) Kunkel of Darwin, Shirley Miller, Robert (Melissa) Wanous, all of Hutchinson, Larry (Linda) Wanous of Cokato, Harry Wanous of Texas, and Jolene (Dale) Kosek of Silver Lake; 21 grandchildren; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Bernice Retzlaff; brother, Leroy (Marion) Knoll; half-sister, Carol (Larry) Walz; step-sister, Artis (Harold) Shriner; step-brother, Clinton Webb; sister-in-law, Vera Knoll; and many other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, June 19 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, followed by interment at St. Joseph Cemetery in Silver Lake. Father Tony Stubeda was the celebrant.
There was visitation Tuesday, June 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a rosary at 5 p.m., and a brief prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continued Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Maresh Funeral Home.
Justin Miller, Brad Wanous, Tyler Kosek, AJ Zvorak, Lane Wanous, and Jimmy Kunkel served as casket bearers.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Maresh Funeral Home of Silver Lake. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.