Dena Rosdahl

dena rosdahl

Dena J. (Buss) Rosdahl, 59, West Fargo, N.D., passed away Monday, August 27, 2012 at a local hospital after a long battle with cancer.

She was born July 18, 1953 at Lisbon, North Dakota to Dwaine E. and Verna J. Buss. Dena graduated from West Fargo High School in 1971. She worked at Mr. Steak, WDAY, Ben Franklin and most recently was a cashier at Northport Drug in Fargo.

Dena loved to do crossword puzzles, read, knit, crochet, needlepoint and play cards. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Fargo.

She was preceded in death by her father Dwaine E. “Bud” Buss and her maternal and paternal grandparents; Otis and Julia Larson and Edward and Dena Buss all of Lisbon, N.D.

She is survived by her husband Robert “Bob” Rosdahl, West Fargo, ND, and son Nicholas Rosdahl, Fargo, ND, her mother Verna (Mrs. Billy) Rice, Ada, OK, and brother Dale J. Buss, Jamestown, N.D., mother-in-law Clara Rosdahl, West Fargo, N.D., and many relatives and dear friends.

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  1. Littleton ColoradoAnnette and I were saddened to hear of Dena’s passing. Dena’s mother Verna and my father Billy kept us informed of her fight against cancer. Annette and I are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.

  2. Dena-you were such an amazing woman and I will never forget you! It feels like just yesterday that all of us neighborhood kids were running around and growing up together. My heart goes out to the rest of your family and friends as they mourn your loss.

  3. Moorhead MN
    Saturday after the Service and Lunch at the church,
    In Celebration of the Wonderful Woman Dena was to all.
    “ALL” ARE INVITED TO STOP OVER to the Moorhead TRAVELODGE & SUITES (Hwy 10 East) for a GATHERING FROM 3pm to 9pm, with a dinner being served around 6 PM.

    Please pass on to family and friends all our welcome!

    We Love and Miss you Dena! Thank you for blessing our lives while on this earth.

    (I am sure you are playing cards, or knitting with friends and family up in HEAVEN)

    You are out of physical pain, and in Gods Loving Hands….. God Bless you Dena

    Love, Ray and Kris Rosdahl, Heather & Courtney

    (Nick you are our nephew and now adopted son!… We Love you.)

    Bob and family….our Deepest Sympathies our with you all….Thanks to Dale for being with Dena in the Fargo Hospital, and Verna for being with her in the Mayo Hospital….

    as we all were with EVERYONE with our prayers.

  4. Cave Creek AZ
    I wish I could be there on Saturday and to spend some time with you Verna and Dale. My heart just hurts. Dena was one of those life long friends that you can count on one hand. Whenever I was able to see her, it was like no time had passed and we could pick up our friendship like we had never been apart. She is like a sister to me and I will miss her very much. Love always Cathy (Froemke) George

  5. Fargo ND
    i Am lost on trying to write this. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your wife and Mom. I know the pain, sorrow, hurt, loss, love and all the other things you are going through. No I do not know why and neither one of us do if we did it would make it so much easier. God never leaves us he is always there and will be there throughout everything. I understand to well as went through something in late April and still have the very difficult days.
    Maybe God will have the answers when we get to the gates of heaven i do not know. Dena was kind, caring, thoughtful and so many other things. There will be many that will miss her especially her family. May God watch over you these next few days and take extra care and Angles will be watching.
    Love Always Barb Mason and Mike

  6. Lisbon ND
    We are saddened today to read of Dena’s passing. She always knew us and would come and talk to us wherever she’d see us. I didn’t realize she had been ill. Our thoughts and Prayers are with Dena’s family. May God Bless you.
    In memory of Dena, we will give a gift of money to Trinity Lutheran Church.
    With Love, Duane and Jan.

  7. Perham MN
    Bob and Family:

    We we saddened to hear of Dena’s death. Kris had been keeping us informed of her progress. She put up a good fight. Our Prayers and sympathy are with you, Nick and family.

    Net & George Kupferschmid

  8. I graduated with Dena, and we were best friends all through high school. She was my maid of honor at my wedding in October of 1972. My new husband soon went on active duty with the army, and I only saw Dena one more time after that – I believe just after she found out she was pregnant. I tried many, many times over the past decades to find out where she was and how she was doing, without any success.

    Today, again, I was searching for information on my long lost friend, and found the devastating news that Dena had passed away so many years ago. I am heartbroken and I just cannot believe that my friend is gone. I am so sorry for the family’s loss. Dena was such a good friend and my biggest regret is losing touch with her over the years when life took us in opposite directions.

    I am so very, very sad for the loss of this wonderful, gregarious friend.

    God’s blessings to you all.

  9. Dena,

    It has been two years since I learned you had passed away. I don’t know exactly why, but I have been greatly missing you this past week (again). I will love you and cherish our friendship forever in my heart.

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