Rose (Valley) Berchem

Died: Sun., Mar. 12, 2017


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sun., Mar. 12, 2017
Location: St. Frances Cabrini

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 18, 2017
Location: St. Frances Cabrini

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Rose Valley Berchem, age 80, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at The Kathy Hospice in West Bend.  She was born on June 25, 1936 in Menominee, MI to the late Godfrey and Marie (nee Wozniak) Valley.  

Rose lived with the temperament of a true artist, yet denied her talent with every breath.  Her gardens overflowing with color and glory, her quilts laden with perfect hues and patterns told the real story.

Rose could be complicated, yet naïve, strong of conviction, yet contradictory in thought.  But her constant was her giving nature.  How many of us received the gifts of her cakes and cookies and felt the care baked in?

This artist has left her mark with us, and has begun the quilt of her dreams and the rose garden that never ends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00AM on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at St. Frances Cabrini (1025 S. 7th Ave. West Bend, WI 53095) with Father Nathan Reesman presiding.  Visitation will be at church from 10:00AM until the time of Mass (11:00AM).  Inurnment will be at a later date at the New St. Mary’s Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Kathy Hospice (3232 Pleasant Valley Rd. West Bend, WI 53095).

A heartfelt thanks to her loyal friends that remained close to Rose and comforted her.

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Janie Kreis
   Posted Tue March 14, 2017
Rose, I enjoyed getting to know you and Don.
I do not think that your obituary does you justice.

Bruce Scott
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
Very sorry to learn of your loss. Looks like Mom is going to have company. Mom always considered Rose to be such a special and important friend. I can remember as a small child being at your house with both our families spending time together. I can still see it, and all of your faces. Deepest Sympathies from both Kathleen and I. She will be missed!

Kathy Polivka
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
I will miss her that is for sure. I am lucky to have known her since 1981 or 82 when we took a class together at Royce. Then I knew her in the Quilt Guild "It's a Stitch" and of course in our fun class which was called Quilt Factory with Kathy Doman trying to teach us many quilt patterns. It was all such a fun time together. She sat by me on Thursdays when we all quilted together. Toward the end Rose was doing more "research" so she called it. I will never forget her delicious lemon cake. Hope she is now baking and quilting in heaven and growing her rose garden.

John and Annette Morgen
   Posted Thu March 16, 2017
Tom, Donna, and Annie
You have our deepest thoughts and prayers with your mom's passing.
Hold onto the beautiful times and treasure them.

Linda Slater
   Posted Thu March 16, 2017
Rose was a very special Aunt to me as Don was a special Uncle. I have her in my thoughts forever and wish I could have said goodbye to her. Rose and Don are now together forever ❤️

   Posted Thu March 16, 2017
My late husband Barney and Don were golf partners at Arrowhead. The four of us had many good times being together at dinners, plays and the symphony. Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Love you Rose.

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