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Rosalie Gaffney

Aug. 29, 1950-March 15, 2009

Rosalie M. Gaffney, 58, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, March 15, 2009 in St. Mary's Innovis Health, Detroit Lakes.

Rosalie Mae Alm was born to Ralph and Pearl (Wateland) Alm on Aug. 29, 1950 in Moorhead. She grew up in Fargo and attended area schools. On Jan. 13, 1968, Rose married Patrick Gaffney in Fargo, where they lived for many years before moving to Detroit Lakes in 1983.

Rose was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church, where she served as church secretary. She enjoyed visiting with her friends from church and we thank them for continuing to support her during her lengthy illness.

Rose's utmost joy was her family. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren were the pride and joy of her life.

Rose will be deeply missed, but never forgotten by her husband, Patrick; four daughters, Dawn (Scott) Leegard of Detroit Lakes, Lynette (Jim) Kiehl of Audubon, Patricia (Charles) Goltz and Heather Olk, both of Detroit Lakes; eight grandchildren; mother, Pearl Alm of Fargo; brother, Robert (Debbie) Alm of Fargo; and her beloved black lab, Dugan. Rose's father preceded her in death.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 20 at Augustana Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Jill Steichen officiating. There will be visitation for one hour prior to the start of services at the church.

West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes has been entrusted with the arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at