Rose G. Brien, 95, Bismarck, made her final journey to heaven on May 11, 2014. She passed away peacefully at Sanford on Sunset Care Center, Mandan, with dear friends at her side.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, May 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with Pastor Steve Sathre officiating. Cremation has taken place and the family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at a later date at Crary Cemetery, Crary, ND.
Rose was born January 5, 1919 in Strandquist, MN to Spencer and Sadie (Anderson) Sanderson. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, receiving her degree in education, a minor in English, and major in Home Economics. Later she received her Master's Degree in Human Development. She began her teaching career in a one room school house in Crary, ND. On June 4, 1944 Rose married the love of her life, Carsten F. Brien. After marriage and starting her family she resumed teaching at the State Industrial School in Mandan for 7 years. She and Carsten then moved to Ft. Yates where Rose taught for 30 years. She enjoyed teaching and loved her students. Rose was active in church activities all of her life and depended on the Lord to guide her and give her strength. Her Norwegian heritage was almost as important as her faith and she would proudly let you know that she was 100% Norwegian.
She is survived by her daughters, Monica Brien, New Hartford, NY and Miriam Brien (Dennis Williams), Pine River, MN; grandchildren, Heather Brien, Hitchcock, TX, Holly Brien, Wasilla, AK, Andrew Brien, Rochester, MN, Parker Williams, Minneapolis, MN, and Sophie Williams, Pine River, MN; great-grandchildren, Heather B. Arnold, AK and Nathan Umbarger, AK.
Rose was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rev. Carsten Brien, in 1970; and sons, Spencer and Michael.
The family of Rose would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Pastor Ron Hildahl for his ministry and the Sanford Care Center staff for their care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.