RoseMarie Porsborg, 84, Mandan, died January 6, 2016 at CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 on Monday, January 11, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, ND. Burial will be at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home, with a CDA Rosary at 5:00 pm followed by a Parish Vigil. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.
RoseMarie Porsborg was born September 7th, 1931 at home in St. Anthony, ND, the youngest of four children to Anton and Mathilda (Lanz) Helbling. She attended elementary school in St. Anthony until the 8th grade, when her family moved into a small home in downtown Mandan. She was thrilled by the prospect of attending Mandan High School and the intrigue of her newly expanded world. She met the earthly love of her life, Myron Porsborg, during their sophomore at MHS. They began dating shortly thereafter. Myron and Rosie graduated in 1949.. Their relationship flourished throughout high school, leading to a marriage ceremony performed while Myron was on leave from enlisted service in the National Guard. They married on May 17, 1951, and together they lived in Ozark, Alabama until Myron’s honorable discharge from the military in 1952. They returned to North Dakota immediately thereafter, and settled into their new lives in Mandan. Rosie worked as a secretary at Cass Clay, and Myron as a mechanic at the local Ford dealership. RoseMarie became a stay-at-home mom when they adopted a son, Steven, in 1960. They adopted their second child, Susan, in the summer of 1963.
Rosie loved to cook and bake prior to declining health in recent years, and no one ever left her house or table hungry. Her pantry was most often stocked with mason jars filled with canned vegetables after yearly harvests of a family garden.
RoseMarie selflessly tended to her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and numerous family pets. She was loved by all.
Rosie was a tireless volunteer for several causes, and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and Catholic Daughters. She was named volunteer of the year in 2006 by the Long Term Care Association, a well-deserved acknowledgement she was proud of having received.
RoseMarie will be deeply missed by her daughter, Susan Engelhard, Mandan, ND; son, Steven, Boulder, CO; four grandchildren, Brandyn Engelhard, Kayla (Chris) Knoll, Brittney Engelhard, and Carter Engelhard; and four great-grandchildren, Noah Knoll, Halle Knoll, Harper Rose Benson, and Will Benson; and her sister, SR. Dorothy Helbling, OSU, Maple Mount, KY.
RoseMarie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Myron, in 2005; brothers, Jack and William Helbling, and her “special dog”, Austin.