Roxi Colbenson Bains, 69, of Rochester, MN passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at the Seasons Hospice House.
Roxi was born June 8, 1952 in Winona, MN the daughter of the late Carrol "Cubby" and Audrey (Barney) Colbenson. She was a graduate of Rushford High School and went on to obtain her Bachelors in computer science from Winona State University. After completing her first degree, Roxi went on to obtain her Masters in both math and science from Winona State University as well. She worked for many years as a software engineer at IBM. Roxi also enjoyed teaching computer science courses at Winona State University and RCTC. She also proudly served her country and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Roxi met and married Richard "Dick" Bains and he precedes her in death. In her spare time, Roxi enjoyed rollerblading, snow skiing, playing softball and spending time with her grandkids. Roxi and Dick loved to cruise the countryside from small town to the next small town in their convertible. She was an intelligent, independent and incredible woman. Roxi was full of determination but also possessed great empathy and always thought of others. Roxi was also blessed in life by Gynther and Helen Bjorge, who became her foster parents when she was young and helped raise her.
Roxi is survived by her sons, Mat (Michelle) Roelofs and Chad (Sonthari) Roelofs; grandchildren, Lia, Noah, Delilah and Anakin Roelofs, Elliot and Elias On and by her sister, Joan Fenton. Roxi was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; brother, Mike Colbenson and by her parents.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm Monday, May 2, 2022 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN. Visitation will be held from noon until time of the service. Inurnment will be at Rushford Lutheran Cemetery, Rushford, MN. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Bains family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
"I am so sad to learn of Roxi?s passing. She was a dear friend. I served in the Navy in Hawaii with her. She dog sat for my then husband and I and the day we got home from our trip she was discharged and left for home to Minnesota. My daughters and I got to visit with her and her son Chad one summer. She made spaghetti pie for us and it was the best. She took my place to go see Elvis in Hawaii with my then husband. I?m sure
she will be missed and was loved by many.
Penny Cates, Bremerton WA. "
"I took two Java classes from Roxi at RCTC - she was a fantastic and enthusiastic teacher! "
"Roxi Bains was one of my first instructors in Computer Science at RCTC. She was a wonderful educator, and I felt very fortunate to be in her class. She knew both her subject matter and how to teach it, plus she always came prepared to teach. She was also warm and kind.
May all of you who mourn her passing be blessed by knowing how much she was appreciated. My sympathy goes out to you."
"Roxi was a kind and generous person to anyone she knew or heard about. She lived her life to the fullest, and I will miss her energy. It was contagious!
My condolences to her family and friends.
Rita Roque "
"Sending our sincerest sympathy to Mat and Michelle, Lia, Chad and family. My favorite memory of Roxi, was when Michelle and Mat hosted a get together for mothers day, at their house. Roxi joined in on a game of bean bag and kicked everyone's b....., despite her Parkinsons. The sons should hang their head in shame!
Ron and Deb (Michelle's mom)"
"Roxi?s death leaves me with a profound sense of sadness and loss. I offer my condolences to her sons, her sister, and their families. I knew Roxi as my student in the Counselor Education Department at Winona State University where she proved herself to be one of the brightest and most capable students I ever taught. I knew Roxi as my business partner in our play therapy practice - Child Centered Counseling. Most importantly, I knew Roxi as my friend. Memories of Roxi will forever lift my spirit and warm my heart. She will be greatly missed."
"I am so very sorry to learn of Roxi's passing. Roxi was a computer science instructor at RCTC...bright, enthusiastic and a woman in a nontraditional field. Roxi was a great teacher and a good role model for her students. Blessed be Roxi's memory."
"I am so sorry for your loss Mat. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. "