Rosemary Ann Baribeau

November 16, 1928July 22, 2010

Rosemary Ann Baribeau, 81, of Duluth, passed away with her family at her side on Thursday, July 22, 2010 in Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Rosemary was born on November 16, 1928 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Walter and Helen (Erickson) Klingman. The family moved to Duluth early on and Rosemary attended schools in the area and spent most summers on the family farm in Cumberland, WI. After graduating from Denfeld High School she moved to Minneapolis and worked for Northwestern Bell and General Mills. On December 28, 1957 she was united in marriage to Edward Cunningham. After Edwards death in 1960, Rosemary returned to Duluth. She was united in marriage to Keith Baribeau on February 1, 1964. Rosemary devoted the next several years to raising her family while working as a loan officer at the Duluth Teachers Credit Union. She later retired after 20 years of service. Rosemary loved to read and spend time at the island at Burntside Lake. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren who were the light of her life. Both Rosemary and Keith were long standing members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Clarence Engwall; brother, John; stepbrother, Bill and her first husband Edward.

Rosemary is survived by her husband, Keith; three daughters, Jean (John) Thoennes of Duluth; Rosemary (Mike) Umland of Plymouth, MN, Melinda Baribeau of Duluth and one son, John Baribeau of Duluth; grandchildren, Joe, Ian and Kate Thoenness, Sarah, Lisa, Alison and Emily Umland, Brittny and Brandon Baribeau; great-grandchild Jey Thoennes; stepbrother, Bob (Carley) Engwall of the Twin Cities as well as many other nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home 925 East 4th St. and again one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral service will be held at 2 P.M. on Friday, July 30, 2010 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church 410 North Arlington Ave. Interment will be held in Bethany Cemetery. Please leave a memory of Rosemary or words of support for the family at Arrangements by Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home 722-5131


  • Funeral Service Friday, July 30, 2010

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Brandon Baribeau

August 1, 2010

My favorite memory of Grandma was that she would always take really good care of all the grand kids and every time I was at my dad's house I would ride my bike down to Grandma and Grandpa's house and Grandpa would be in his chair and Grandma would be reading a book. Everytime I would walk into the house there would be the smell of a fresh baked pie or something really delicious to eat. I remember falling asleep by grandma while she read her books or while grandpa and her watched Jeopardy. Although I'm going to miss Grandma, at least I know she is in a better place.

Alison Umland

July 29, 2010

When I think of Grandma, I will always remember she always called me her beautiful brown-eyed girl...her amazing spaghetti (the only spaghetti that I'll eat!)...all of her great, witty, she would always listen resolutely to whatever you said...playing our favorite game: Tickle Time!...and lastly, how much love and compassion she showed for all of us grandchildren.
Love, Alison

Emily Umland

July 29, 2010

Grandma's spaghetti is probably one of my favorite meals. Even when it isn't "her" spaghetti, every time I eat spaghetti I think of Grandma and how she was an amazing cook and always had the best meals.
I remember how she would always call of the grandchildren "darling" and how it made me feel so special and loved every time she would call me that.
As a young kid, the whole family would go to Grandma & Grandpa's house for Christmas and I remember all of us piling in there and running around. Grandma always had the cookie jar and every time we went there it was filled with her homeade cookies.
I also remember "tickle time". We would be running around and then Grandma would grab us and say tickle time and just start tickling us until we were laughing as hard as we could.
The thing I will always remember most about Grandma is her smile and laugh. Any time I think of Grandma, I can distinctly remember her smile. When she saw all of the grandchildren, or her family, her smile would light up the whole room. Even if I was having a bad day or I didn't feel well, I would see Grandma's smile and all of my worries would go away because I felt safe and warm when Grandma was around.
Even though Grandma may not be around anymore, I will always remeber her because of the way she taught and loved me as I grew up. I love Grandma so much and she will always be in my heart.

Paulette Engwall Schlander

July 29, 2010

Rosemary was a very special person to me, she was one of the most kindest and loving Aunts any girl could be blessed to have. Living with her as a child, I always felt safe and loved. She made me feel special and took time to talk and do fun things. One of my fondest memories as a child with Aunt Rosemary is sipping a cool glass of Ginger Ale and laying in lawn chairs on a warm summer day in her yard talking and listening to the gentle breeze ripple through the leaves on the poplar trees, as if they were wind chimes. To this day in the summer when the gentle breezes ripple through the leaves in trees it brings back the fond memories as a child with my special Aunt. From the time I was a toddler, young child, teenager and adult, she was always there for me. As an adult, she was the one person I could go to for answers or help no matter what the time or circumstance. She will be so very much missed, but I was blessed to have had her for my special aunt and the memories we made through the years, I will carry always in my heart. I will see you in heaven someday, my precious aunt.
Love, Paulette and family

Ian Thoennes

July 29, 2010

The way that I remember grandma is that she was always fun and loving. Whether it was watching cartoons at her house or hanging out with family she always made sure that we had a good time. I have so many memories such as family get togethers for holidays, birthdays or dinners, the time Kate and I ate all of her sugar cubes, trick or treating there on Halloween. All of my memories involved fun when Grandma was around it was never boring. I will miss her a lot!

Kate Thoennes

July 29, 2010

When I think of Grandma I will always remember how she loved to have people run their hands through her hair, she liked back massages too but nothing beat a head massage. She would tell us "put your hands in my hair". I loved her amazing spaghetti and apple pie. She also had sugar cubes in her cabinet by the coffee cups right where we could reach them. We thought we were sneaky when we would take some but she knew and let us do it anyway. She always had special treats like grandmas "choking candy", pre-made Schwans ice cream cones in the freezer and ginger ale to drink. She was always smiling, easy to talk to and she loved to sleep in. She always had funny sayings, comments and jokes. I will miss her.

Barbara Cunningham Kitching

July 28, 2010

I am so saddened with this news that Rosemary has left this world.I had such strong thoughts of her recently, I was actually telling my husband about our trip to Minnesota all those many years ago. I remember her so vividly, always so fondly too. I am sorry, so very sorry that I missed seeing again in my lifetime. What a special thing for me to have missed.
I can't imagine the loss; in some ways I dread the day my own mother dies. While I know she has been your own mom and all of you all have been suffering in watching her grow so frail, when it is really over, when death has come to "mom", there remains a huge hole in your heart. I know how much you loved her, I know how much you will miss her. She was a main reason you became the person you are, so she is always, always in you. Let that thought bring you some peace.
I am praying for all of you, for peace, solace and happy memories to keep you all going. Prayers for aunt Rosemary that she is in heaven with all who have gone before her. I am sorry. You are all in my thoughts.

Sarah Umland

July 28, 2010

Grandma made the best spaghetti, every year for our birthday Lisa and I would always make her make it and it was always perfect :) My favorite game to play with grandma when I was a kid: we would ask what time it was and she would always answer by saying it was tickle time! She always made me laugh, her sense of humor was so great and I remember just always sitting around and listening to everyone talk because I knew whatever grandma said would be witty and hilarious. I loved listening to her stories and jokes.
She was such a wonderful grandma, she always listened and wanted to know what I was doing. I always felt her love and support no matter what I was doing, and it meant so much always having her unconditional love!
I can't think of any specific moments off the top of my head, but I know that whenever I was around her, I was always laughing and smiling. I felt that she always understood me and encouraged me in everything that I did and for that I feel so lucky and blessed to have a grandma like her.

Jean Vincent

July 28, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Bonnie Douglas

July 27, 2010

Dear Jean, Rose and Family,

Much love to you at this most difficult time. Your Mom was special and was loved by many. Each of you will remain in our thoughts and prayers.


Tom and Bonnie (Cunningham) Douglas