Bendzick (nee Malinski) Rose, age 89, formerly of South St. Paul, was called home by the Lord on February 3, 2003. Preceded in death by husband, Robert John; parents, Martin & Anna (nee Singer) Malinski; and sister, Mary Sautter. Rose is survived by 4 daughters, Harlene (William) Lewandoski, Denise (nee Bendzick) Whipps, Rose Marie (Marvin) Nikl and Roberta (Donald) Wellck; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; her sister, Johanna; and brother, Martin Jr. (Sal). Rose was born Oct. 3, 1913 in LeSueur County, LeCenter, MN, Lexington Township. On November 29, 1934, she married Robert John (Bob) Bendzick of LeSueur, MN. They made their home in LeCenter, MN and raised 3 daughters, Harlene, Denise and Rose Marie. In 1941, the family moved to South St. Paul. Rose and Bob were employed by Swift & Company in SSP, and the family became members of St. Augustine's Catholic Church. In 1956, they had a 4th daughter, Roberta. On November 29, 1965, her husband Bob died of cancer. She continued her employment with Swift & Company, until the plant closed Nov. 29, 1969. She then began working for Sky Chef Restaurant and Best Inc. until her retirement in 1979. In 1989, she moved to North Branch, MN, and was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church. In 1995, she suffered a stroke and moved to Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge, MN. She was respected, loved and will be remembered by those she shared her years with as a kind, sincere, caring woman. Rose's family loved her and will remember her for being the mother and grandmother who loved to bake pies and cookies, canned fruits and vegetables, and have the family over for supper. She gave so much, asked so little, and was always there for us with her presence and her prayers. She touched our lives with her spirituality, love and commitment to family. She was a gentle woman, beautiful mother, and will live on in our memories, hearts, and through us. Visitation 5-8 PM Wednesday at the SOUTHERN FUNERAL HOME, 414 Marie Ave., SSP, with Rosary at 6 PM. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Thursday, Feb. 6 at the ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH in Lexington Township, LeCenter, MN. Memorials preferred to the Church of St. Joseph's Community Center, Lexington Township, LeCenter, MN sent to: First State Bank, PO Box 130, c/o Maureen Blaschko and William J. Benzick, LeCenter, MN 56057. J.S. Klecatsky & Sons Southern Funeral Home 651-451-1551

Published on February 4, 2003

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