Janet F. Rogalla
August 6, 1932 – February 9, 2020
Janet F. (Tschida) Rogalla, of Maplewood, MN, died on February 9, 2020.
Funeral services will be held 11 AM Wednesday February 19, 2020 at Transfiguration Catholic Church 6133 15th Street N, Oakdale, with Father John Paul Erickson officiating. Interment at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Holdingford, MN on February 20, 2020 at 11:30 am.
Janet was born to Lawrence & Florence (Wolney) Tschida on the family farm in Holdingford and was raised as the only girl and the middle child. She felt blessed to grow with parents that taught her about life and for brothers that always looked out for her.
Upon graduation, she joined the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls where she also began the path to be a teacher. She would earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree and loved that these experiences took her to campuses such as Seattle University and St. Louis University. While she eventually followed a calling outside the Franciscan order, she would remain committed to teaching her entire life and worked in various Catholic schools in St. Paul and its suburbs, even substitute teaching well into her 70s.
She married Richard B. Rogalla on January 4, 1975, and they would live in Oakdale, MN, until his death on April 12, 2000. Janet and Richard enjoyed several happy years at their cabin on Big Sauk Lake in Sauk Center. She especially enjoyed being on Big Blue, their boat. These were her fondest memories.
Even upon Richard’s death, that cabin was not only a place of comfort for Janet, but also the location of many July 4th Tschida family reunions. She enjoyed that the cabin was her place to bring her entire family together. She was known for making her famous scotcheroos for these important occasions.
She enjoyed traveling. She loved being an aunt and made trips to Hawaii, Montana, and Colorado to see her family. She traveled to Nicaragua for a trip where she was able to work with children. She also enjoyed being a reader at Transfiguration Catholic Church and the compliments she got in that role.
Janet said that she had “lived the dream.”
She is survived by her brother Tim and sister-in-law Sharon and by Kathy, Gene, Janet, Harold, Jeff, Brad, Mark, Raney, Anne Marie, Michelle, David, and Tim (her 12 nieces and nephews) and by numerous great nieces and nephews across three more generations.
She is preceded in death by her husband Richard, her parents Lawrence & Florence; brothers Harold, Eraine, and Lawrence Jr.; and by two nephews Perry and Jesse.
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, February 19, 2020
- Burial Thursday, February 20, 2020