Rose DeLaHunt, 88

obit-DeLaHunt-RRose Marie DeLaHunt, a resident of Little Falls, passed away May 13, 2013, at the St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls, in the company of her loving family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, May 17, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls, with Father Nicholas Landsberger officiating. Burial was at St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery in Little Falls.

Rose was born Dec. 27, 1924, in Cumberland, Wis. to the late Mariano (Sam) and Tomasina (Louise) Cifaldi. She grew up on a farm near Cumberland. Rose graduated from Cumberland High School in 1942. After high school, Rose moved to Little Falls to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and John Gargaro. After his return from service in World War II, Rose met Ronald DeLaHunt. Rose and Ron were married in Little Falls in 1946 at St. Francis of Xavier Church. For most of her career outside the house, Rose was a teacher’s aide at Lindbergh Elementary school. She was a member of the Morrison County Welfare Board and served as a contributing member of that board for many years. Rose also kept busy as a homemaker and mother of three children. She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where she also was a member of their Christian Mothers organization. Rose was a dedicated volunteer of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Gabriel’s Hospital and other various civic causes. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, tending flowers, card playing and board games. Her greatest joy in life came from spending time with her family.

Rose is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, Ronald DeLaHunt; daughter, Mary Lou (Leslie) Proper of New Brighton; son, James (Marie) DeLaHunt of Apple Valley; brothers, Tony (Bernice) Cifaldi, Sam (the late Gerry) Cifaldi, both of Cumberland, Wis.; sisters, Angee (the late Ted) Wilczek of Little Falls and Darlene (Paul) Hoffman of St. Paul; five grandchildren, Steven (Jennifer) Proper of St. Paul, Peter (Erica) Proper of Blaine, Barbara (Ken) McCarthy of Mahtomedi, Anthony (Lisa) DeLaHunt of Chaska and Patrick DeLaHunt of Minneapolis; 11 great-grandchildren: John, Kathryn, Bridget, Isabella, Samuel, Angela and Lucy Proper; and Mitchell, Natalie, Sophia and Alayna McCarthy.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Mariano and Tomasina; daughter, Margaret DeLaHunt and her sister, Mary (the late John) Gargaro.

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