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11/7/2012 7:01:00 AM
Mass of Christian Burial Friday for Mike Roeder

The Mass of Christian Burial for Michael S. Roeder, 55, of rural Stewartville, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville, with Rev. Matt Fasnacht officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery in Stewartville.
Mike died in the arms and care of his loving wife and family at his home, on Monday, Nov. 5, following a year and a half illness with metastatic melanoma.
Michael Scott Roeder was born March 9, 1957, in Rochester, to Robert and Rita (Tobin) Roeder. He grew up on the family farm in rural Stewartville, attended Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville High School in 1975. He then attended the University of Minnesota-Waseca for two years and received a degree in animal science. He returned to farm with his family and began driving bus part-time for Grisim School Bus in Stewartville.
Mike was married on April 18, 1980, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lake City, to Kathryn A. Willers. Following their marriage, the couple lived on the Roeder family farm where they raised their family and have continued to make their home for their 32 happy years of marriage.
Mike was a lifelong farmer. Early in his marriage he worked construction part-time in Rochester. In 1986 he began a 13 year employment with Hormel Co. in Austin. He then was employed by Grisim Transportation Services as the Transportation Manager in Byron School District #531, where he had been employed for the past 13 years. Kathy has been a devoted wife and mother and is currently employed as a RN at the Stewartville Care Center. Mike was a lifelong member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and was a past 4-H leader and president of the Stewartville Wrestling Boosters. He enjoyed bowling, softball, golfing, hunting, was an avid Twins fan and all around sports fan. He enjoyed visiting with friends and loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Mike is survived by his wife, Kathy; one daughter and three sons, Eric (Naomi) of Stewartville, Jonathan (Nikki) of Rochester, Amy (Joey) Miller of Stewartville, and Benjamin of Stewartville; five grandchildren, Bram and Daxton Roeder, Karsten and Lainey Roeder and Ellieana Miller; his parents, Bob and Rita Roeder of rural Stewartville; his sister, Cheri Braaten of Pine Island, and his brother, Robbie Roeder of rural Stewartville.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Cole Roeder, Cody Roeder, Matt Braaten, Kenny Willers, Karl Willers, Andrew Willers, Jacob Willers, Tyler Anderson, Trevor Anderson, and Aaron Anderson.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville with a prayer service at 8 p.m. or one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday morning.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.

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