Rosella Salley, 91, of Rochester, died on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Hospital St. Marys Campus.
Rosella Ann Wolfgram was born on February 12, 1929 in Rochester to Charles and Molly (Boehlke) Wolfgram.
She graduated from Rochester Central High School and on February 15, 1947 she married Clarence Salley, who died on July 7, 1997.
She loved animals and enjoyed watching baseball and following politics.
Rosella is survived by her children, Karen Salley of Stacy, MN, Brian Salley of Hastings, MN, DeAnn Salley of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Arlen (Lynette) Salley of Rochester, MN and 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 3 sons, Glenn, Duane, David, and 1 brother, Ellsworth Wolfgram.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901 with Pastor Anjanette Bandel officiating. Visitation will take place an hour and a half prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to March of Dimes, Paws and Claws and Safe Haven Pet Rescue.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Salley family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
"With deepest sympathy to all of Rosella's family. I just learned of her passing and am so very sorry as I tried several times to reach her by phone. Rosella and I were the last of the "Wolfgram girls,"and she reminded me every time I saw or spoke with her. I loved how positive she always was and how easy it was to converse with her. (I'm sure she is already visiting with my parents in heaven!) What a blessing to have known her.
Wishing you all peace,
Kim Wolfgram Salz"
"I am so sorry to hear about Rosella's death. I want to extend my heartfelt sympathies to her family. I will always remember the wonderful, loving care she provided for my children many years ago. Dee Ann and Arlen were teens then, and they would sometimes lend a hand and help entertain our little boys. Rosella has been a friend and personal inspiration to me for a long time. She was an amazing woman and I'm so fortunate to have known her. I'm sorry that I didn't learn of her death in time to attend her funeral.
"I just saw this sad news about the passing of Rosella Salley. I got to meet Rosella several years ago after her daughter contacted me to share the story about Rosella and her family's connection to my father, Dr. Alvin B. Hayles. We had a lovely time together when I visited her home one morning, and we talked about the challenges she and her family had faced and how my father had helped them. It was an honor to meet her. I know my father especially would want me to extend my condolences to her children and extended family at their loss.
"Over the years I have delivered Meals on Wheels to Rosella as a substitute for Family Service. It was always special to do the route she was on, as she was always cheerful and had something interesting to share!"