Romaine Van Rossum

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Romaine Van Rossum

January 12, 1932 - October 05, 2018

Romaine Van Rossum (Van or Rome), age 86, died on Friday Oct 5 at Leech Lake. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Woodland Hills Chapel, Mankato. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home. Private interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.
He was born on January 12, 1932 in Mankato to Garrett and Emma (Coult) Van Rossum.
He served in the Navy during the Korean War and told stories of his adventures in Iceland and other parts of the world.
Rome graduated with a teaching degree from Mankato State University. He went on to get his masters and specialist degrees. After one year in Minneapolis, he started in Mankato with elementary grades at Washington then middle school at Franklin and finished his career at Mankato East High School as a reading specialist. He was known for making big papier-mâché masks, hatching baby chicks and instilling a love of coin collecting.
He was married to DeElda Strom on November 15, 1953. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary shortly before Dees passing in 2003.
He loved to be at his lake home on Leech Lake. A good day was one spent on the lake with a fishing pole in his hand and finished with happy hour on the swing on the deck looking at the lake. In the fall there was deer hunting with all of the boys.
Winters were spent in warmer places: Brazil, Chile, Mexico and for the last years, in Texas.
Rome was an avid coin collector. The joy a half penny with double die inverse could bring! He made beautiful marquetry pictures with a special technique done by very few people. He could build, wire, fix, lay floor covering and teach anything to anyone.
He is survived by his children and grandchildren; son Randy Van Rossum (Karla), daughter Kathy Kremer (Mike), daughter Cindy Méndez (Gregorio); Grandchildren Kendra, Kaylynn, Ryan Van Rossum, Dan, Jon (Becci) Kremer, Goyo and Erika Méndez, sister Norma Boutell and special friend Bernie Wartner.
He will be missed by many; friends, former students, foreign exchange students, friends in Germany, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, at Leech Lake and the Yellow Rose in Texas and especially by his family.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a memorial of your choice
Published on October 10, 2018
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Jim Nelson
Oct 11, 2018
Mr. Van Rossum was my 6th grade teacher at Washington Elementary School. He was a wonderful teacher and helped me so much. We moved from Luverne to Mankato on October 31st that year and he was invaluable in helping me make the transition. I think of him often, and am so very sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences, and my thoughts are with you at this time. Please know he had a lasting impact on me that is not forgotten.
Woodland Hills
Oct 10, 2018