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James J. Rosasco

James J. Rosasco

James Joseph Rosasco, 94, of Red Wing, died Monday, August 20, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He was born February 11, 1924, in New York City, to James and Jeanne (Cramer) Rosasco and grew up and attended school there until he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. He was discharged from the military in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he attended Augustana College on the GI Bill. It was there he met and married his wife, Ardis Lavonne Falmoe. In 1953, they moved to Kenyon, MN, where he worked as a social studies teacher until 1959, when they moved to Red Wing and he worked as a guidance counselor at Red Wing Central High School. In 1972, he was elected as president of the MEA and then served as Past President and on several boards, before returning to his position at RWCHS in 1976, where he worked until his retirement in the late 1980's. Throughout his life, James served on several boards and organizations some of them being the MN State Training School Community Board, Horace Mann Board and he was a consultant for Hazelton Drug Rehabilitation. He, along with other dedicated professionals, started "The Center" in Red Wing, a local drug abuse counseling program for at risk youth at the RWCHS. He was a member of the Red Wing Arts Association and had been a decade's long member of the 2nd MN Battery Light Artillery Civil War Reenactment group. Throughout his life, he enjoyed fishing, traveling--especially European travels and cross-country skiing. Family was always important to James, and he was very proud of his children.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ardis of Red Wing; children Paul (Winni McNamara) Rosasco of Skagit Valley, WA, Mark (Rose Diaz) Rosasco of Tucson, AZ, James Christopher Rosasco of Kansas City, MO and Jeanne (Steve) Boleen of Prescott, WI; grandchildren, Aslan, Liane, Christina and Katherine Rosasco, Erin (Timothy) Brown and Jamie (Dustin) Cesafsky and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at United Lutheran Church. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors will be at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the RW Arts Association or donor's choice. Arrangements handled by Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to the family at