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Rosamond “Roz” Cuchna, age 96 of Clarissa, passed away under the care of hospice on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at the Bethany on the Lake in Alexandria.
A funeral service to celebrate her life will take place Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 11:00 AM at the Shepherd of the Valley Church in Clarissa. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. The burial will take place at a later date at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.
Rosamond Loretta Marie, fondly known as Roz, was born on May 16, 1927, one of three children to Herman and Thyra (Aldrich) Croonquist of rural Clarissa. After graduating from high school in 1945, Roz worked for a year in Minneapolis. On Thanksgiving Day in 1946, Roz married Robert Cuchna after he came home from serving in WWII. They settled in their hometown of Clarissa where they raised four sons, Robert Jr., Terry, Dennis and Tim, passing on their commitment to community service and love of the outdoors.
Roz showed her community spirit both in jobs she held and activities in which she engaged. Whether working as a Postmaster or earlier with the telephone company or selling children’s toys, Roz was an advocate of the community. She was active in Community Club, the Economic Development Committee, Study Club, and planning for Clarissa Summerfest. Together, Roz and Chuck were inspirational in getting the local nursing home, the Central Todd County Care Center, built. She promoted and fundraised for the National Cancer Society, was active with the Blandin Foundation and was part of the Minnesota and National Postmaster’s Association including serving on their national scholarship committee. In earlier years, Roz and her husband were part owners in the Park Movie Theater in Clarissa.
Roz believed in the value of a good education. Valedictorian of her high school class, Roz showed at a young age that she was always thinking or working numbers in her head. Never afraid of a good challenge, she gallantly showed a disbelieving instructor that a woman of her time could take the pilots class and pass. She continued to demonstrate her belief in a well- rounded education, insisting that if her four boys wanted to be in sports they also had to be in either choir or band. Not being able to pursue higher education herself, she ensured that each of her boys attended college. That support continued as she attended and supported grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their scholarly and extra-curricular activities. She opened her home to two foreign exchange students, developing life-long relationships.
Robert and Roz loved to travel. Whether exploring the state parks of Minnesota in their motorhome or venturing off to Florida, Hawaii or Brazil, travel was an adventure. When she won a lottery, Roz took her extended family on a trip to Washington to create memories of a lifetime. Even later, Roz continued to take relatives and friends on outings to explore the countryside or visit other relatives.
There was not much in her 96 years that slowed Roz down. She hosted Christmas for her extended family for over 60 years and continued contributing lutefisk until 2021. She lived in the house where she raised her family and continued walking about town well into her 90’s. Roz was a matriarch with a well-lived life who will be deeply missed by her sons, family members and friends. The family would like extend a special appreciation to the Meadows in Wadena and Bethany on the Lake in Alexandria for the care and comfort they provided in Roz’s final years.
It was on Saturday, January 6, 2024, that Roz worked her last breathes here on earth. She was three months shy of turning 97. She leaves behind her sons, Robert Cuchna Jr., Terry Cuchna, Dennis (Twyla) Cuchna and Tim (Cynthia Lahti) Cuchna; seven grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren; siblings, Joan (Howard) Hansen and Joseph Bradley Cuchna and close friends Sandy and Richard Baso and Coleetta Luchsinger. Waiting for her arrival in heaven are her husband, Robert Sr; parents, Herman and Thyra Croonquist; sister, Dorraine “Dodee” Manson; and niece, Julie Butler.