Kathleen "Kathy" Carol Roster


December 5, 1938 - February 6, 2016


Kathleen Carol Roster was born on December 5, 1938 the 9th of 10 children, to James and Frances K (Woll) Burke at Jefferson, SD. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1956.  She then attended Presentation College in Aberdeen, SD.  She graduated with an Associate Degree in secretarial and accounting.  After graduation she worked in the Trust Department at First National Bank in Sioux Falls, SD.  She played 2nd base for Locke Electric’s Fast Pitch softball team and was a member of their state championship team in 1960.  While playing for Locke Electric she became friends with Cindy Schoepf who set up a blind date for Kathy with her boyfriend, Lawrence Roster’s, twin brother, Ed.  She and Edward T. Roster were united in marriage on September 16, 1961 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Jefferson, SD.  The Roster’s purchased a farm from Alvin and Mable Tuggle and made it their home.  They raised their crops, hogs and cattle.  They passed on their love of farming to their 5 children and 7 grandchildren.   They enjoyed attending their children’s and grandchildren’s concerts, contests and sports events.  She took pride in all of their accomplishments. Having lost her father at the age of 13, the closeness of family was very important to her. 

Kathy was an active member of the St. Peters Altar Society in Farmer, SD, was a CCD teacher for many years and member of the Catholic Order of Foresters.  She was also an active member of the Fulton, Farmer and Epiphany American Legion Auxiliary.  Ed and Kathy attended many state legion conventions with their friends:  the Pommers, Steilens, Schladweilers, Slades, Soladays and Beatches.  Together this fun loving group created many wonderful memories and raised their children to love their country, its veterans and that faith, family and friends are important and those bonds should be nurtured. She also maintained a life-long friendship with the Presentation Sisters in Aberdeen.  She was extremely thankful to all those who became her friends thru the years and stayed in contact with many. 

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Ed; children: Susan Tucker of Salem, Carmelita Roster of Farmer, Angela Roster of Monett, MO, Wayne (Monica) Roster of Farmer and Alice (Rich) Newsam of Fargo, ND; grandchildren: Robert, Jessica and Christina Tucker, Rebecca and Justin Roster, Nicholas and Elizabeth Newsam;  siblings: Alice Dusenbery of Van Buren, MO, Patricia (Howard) Beermann of LaGrange, IL, Martin (Mary) Burke of Sioux City, IA, Charles (Beverly) Burke of Dallas, OR and Daniel Burke of  Casa Grande, AZ; sister-in-law, Wanda Burke of Petaluma, CA; brothers-in-law: Donald Roster of Mitchell and Lawrence (Cynthia) Roster of Spencer, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents Jim & Frances; siblings: James, Raymond, Sr. Joyce (Geraldine) and Thomas; brothers and sisters in-law:  Warren Dusenbery, Clinton (Jim) Roster, Karen Burke; niece, Nancy Wiebelhaus and father and mother-in-law, Matt and Catherine Roster.



Wednesday, February 10, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 6:30 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, February 11, 2016
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saint Peters Catholic Cemetery
Farmer, South Dakota

Posted by Shirley Rau on February 11, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you God bless you all.
Posted by Dianne Biteler on February 9, 2016
Alice and family I'm sending my thoughts and prayers your way. I can't believe we won't have our "band mother" keeping an eye on us. Well, at least not in person, but she will be watching from above. A great lady who will be sadly missed by so many. Love and prayers to all of you.
Posted by Srs. Mary Lou & Ruth Geraets on February 9, 2016
Dear Family of Kathy,
You have our empathy at this time of the death of Kathy. She was a generous, kind person.
Srs. Mary Lou & Ruth Geraets
Posted by Sister Michelle Meyers Sister Kay O'Neil on February 9, 2016
We remember Kathy well and her many kindnesses, especially to our mutual friend, Sr. Carmelita. We know her Sister Joyce and Mother Carmelita welcomed her home in the community of saints. Our prayers for Kathy's family with her sudden death but surely after the rosary and before Mass is a comfort. Peace and love of our Gentle Jesus and Mother Mary be with you all.
Posted by David Larsen on February 9, 2016
Alice and family. It was great to get to know Kathleen during Legion Band. Your are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Maggie Andersen on February 9, 2016
Angie, our hearts go out to you and your family in the sudden loss of your mom. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you kiddo. love, Maggie and Charlie
Posted by Richard and Carol Kunkel on February 8, 2016
You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. Always enjoyed visiting with her and she will be missed by many.
Posted by Cathy McGee Kuschell on February 8, 2016
You are all in our thoughts and prayers! We are so happy we met all of you at the Roster Reunion!!! We should all hope and pray for a passing like your mom! It is sure hard on everyone though! Hugs!!
Posted by Cat Erickson on February 8, 2016
Carm, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort.
Posted by Bruce White on February 8, 2016
You raised a good family with good values!!! In our prayers and thoughts!!
Posted by Robert E. Blase on February 8, 2016
To Ma Roster, I'll never forget how extremely nice you were to me and what great kids you raised. You always treated me as if I was one of your own. Your time on earth was cut way to short, but clearly you were needed upstairs. My thoughts and prayers to the rest of your family.
Posted by Paul Jongeling on February 8, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with your all!
Posted by Kevin and Darla Erikson on February 8, 2016
Wayne, Monica and Family, You have our condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Sr. Marilyn Dunn on February 8, 2016
Be assure of my prayers for all of the family. Kathy was such a wonderful person. As someone said when hearing about Kathy dying in church, "The best place to die is in church. Kathy must have known that.
Posted by Randy Stainbrook on February 8, 2016
Wayne, Monica and Family,
Our condolences on your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
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