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Kay Rosengren, 82

Long-time Hallock resident Kay Colleen Rosengren passed the evening of Friday, November 15, 2019. Born in Minot, North Dakota on April 18, 1937, to Llewellyn Lane and Gladys Colwell, she is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Lou and Quentin Francis Erickson, nephews Rene and Alex Erickson, nephew Jeret Colwell, and grand niece and nephew Ashley Kerrick Erickson and Quentin William Erickson. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Keith Rosengren. She and Keith are survived by Mark Rosengren, Curtis Rosengren, Kathie Rosengren Berlin, and Stan and Joyce Rosengren.

Kay’s influence will resonate always with those who knew her. She was searingly insightful, unfailingly kind, endlessly creative, and the finest Trivial Pursuit player you’ll ever encounter, all topped off with a deep, resonant love for all living things. To the people and the community that she loved, and to the innumerable students to whom she imparted her knowledge and wisdom over many years of teaching, she gave so much while never asking for anything. She is, and will be, greatly missed.

If you were fortunate enough to have known Kay, or would like to bask in the glow of people who did, a gathering will be held Thursday, November 21, 2019, at the Austin Funeral Chapel, 326 Atlantic, Hallock, MN 56728, 6:00pm to 8:00pm.


  1. Jeremy Petersburg on November 22, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    You will be missed Kay! Thank you for all the great years of wisdom you gave us. Jeremy Petersburg.

  2. Ron&Judy Vroom on November 25, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    We were fortunate to know and enjoy both Kay and Keith and share their friendship.

  3. Jill Kiner on December 2, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    An inspiration to my class of ‘70 somethings. Her and Keith’s dedication to education is something we can hope for the future. If only the present knew about this past. Great stuff. RIP a great mentor. If only she had know.

  4. Fred Stockham on December 12, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    She was free spirit, that gave permission to be a free spirit. Thank you Kay.

  5. Jacki Nelson Strack on December 17, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Kay was loving, giving, talented and had an ability to draw much talent out of those of us who had little. What a joy she was to know!

  6. Dawn Berry BLOOMQUIST on January 20, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    We all loved that woman! I will never forget the time she spent with me or the guidance that she provided for me (and so many others)! She had a deep intelligence born of gifted talent and deep integrity). I always called her my second mom! My short term memory is pretty damn good! My last visit with her was extremely emotional for me, but life is short and I will never regret making that last visit! I will always be saddened that I didn’t spend more time with her when I knew I was welcome! God blessed my life through knowing her and the knowledge that she imparted to me. Love you Mrs R! Love you so much!

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