Beatrice Muriel Rogness, 84, Luverne, died Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at her home, surrounded by family.
A funeral service was Tuesday, May 4, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Beatrice Rousu was born March 24, 1937, to Melvin and Ilmi (Pesola) Rousu in Leaf Lake Township, Ottertail County, Minnesota. When she was very young, her family moved to a farm near New York Mills. She was raised there and attended school, graduating from high school in 1955. Following graduation, Bea moved to Minneapolis and took a job at Honeywell in the job costing department where she worked for the next ten years.
In August of 1958 she married Michael Eiter. The couple lived the next number of years in the Twin Cities area and was blessed with four children. In the fall of 1965, the family moved to Luverne. Bea worked as a homemaker to their four children until 1968, when she began working for Tri-State Insurance as a statistician in their accounting department. She worked there for 34 years until her retirement. Bea and Mike divorced while in Luverne.
Bea married Darwin Rogness in November 1975. The couple enjoyed motorcycling along with camping. Darwin preceded Bea in death on Nov. 7, 2010. Bea continued to reside in her home in Luverne.
Bea was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. She enjoyed puzzles, bingo and playing all kinds of cards with her friends. She always took an interest in anything with numbers. She was an avid reader and had an extensive collection of Danielle Steele books. She also enjoyed taking trips to the Royal River Casino and Grand Falls Casino. Bea loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved animals, especially her dog, Daisy.
Bea is survived by her three children, Teresa (Tim) Perisic of Savage, Craig (Mary Beth) Eiter of Prior Lake and Sheila (Jay) Steensma of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; four stepchildren, David (Louise) Rogness of Luverne, Steve (Robin) Rogness of Stow, Ohio, Rick (Tali) Rogness of Mesa, Arizona, and Linda (Steve) DeSplinter of Jasper; 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Berend of Perham; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Darwin Rogness; a son, Michael Eiter; and a sister, Alice Patton.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com