Rogus, Alice Kay (Toppen) (1944-2014)

Alice Rogus, 69, of Strandquist, MN, passed away early Thursday morning, July 24, 2014 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, after many years of health complications.

Alice Toppen was born on August 31, 1944 in Whitehall, WI, the daughter of Irvine and Gladys Toppen. She was raised in Galesville, WI where she attended school. Alice attended Golden Valley Lutheran College where she sang in the choir. She traveled and sang with the college choir in 38 states and 12 countries. Alice worked at Sears Roebuck and Company in Minneapolis and Chicago. On September 7, 1974, she was united in marriage to Rudolph Rogus at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Galesville. They made their home in rural Strandquist, MN. Alice was a homemaker and worked as the Activities Director at the Good Samaritan Center in Warren, MN for many years.

Alice was a kind and gentle women who inspired people to be their best. She was a wonderful soloist who sang at many weddings and funerals. Alice liked to cook for people at any time of the day. She loved to spend time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren. Alice was the Sunshine Lady. She was still sending out cards even while she was in the hospital. She was an active member of Assumption Catholic Church for many years. She lived out her faith and her love of angels represented the treasure she truly was.

Left to mourn her passing are her husband of almost 40 years, Rudolph; children, Monica (Corey) Derby of Monticello, MN, Paul (Jessica) Rogus of Stephen, MN, Carmen (Kurt) Harmoning of Red Lake Falls, MN and Philip (Heather) Rogus of Stephen, MN; grandchildren, Hallie, Riley, Grace, Charlotte, Jacob, Summer, Taylin, Clara, Brayla and a grandchild due in September; twin brother, Allen Toppen of Galesville, WI; sister, Joann (Jim) Falter of Eau Claire, WI; mother-in-law, Joan Rogus of Crookston, MN; brother-in-law, Thomas (Venita) Rogus of Strandquist, MN; sister-in-law, Theresa (George) Cochran of Fr. Collins, CO and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and father-in-law, Edward Rogus.

[Interred Assumption Catholic cemetery (new)]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky