Rose Marie Spehar-Isaacson
01/05/1954 - 12/01/2017
Rose Spehar-Isaacson, 63, of Lake Vermilion, Tower, died on Friday, December 1, 2017 after a long battle with scleroderma. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia at 11:00 am with visitation one-hour prior. Fr. Brandon Moravitz will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.
Rose was born January 5, 1954 to Nick and Mary (Paun) Spehar in Virginia. She was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and Bemidji State University, where she excelled in swimming and track and field. Rose taught adaptive physical education in Chisholm and then worked for the Northeast Service Co-Op as a consultant for physically handicapped, health impaired, and traumatic-brain-injured students throughout northeastern Minnesota until her retirement in 2011. Rose coached girls’ and boys’ swimming in Chisholm, girls’ swimming for Babbitt-Embarrass and later Northeast Range/Ely and golf for Northeast Range/Ely. Rose married Jon Isaacson on May 10, 2010 at their home on Lake Vermilion.
Everywhere Rose went, she met old friends and made new ones. In her 34 years of working with students and athletes, she impacted the lives of hundreds of young men and women.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by:
Sisters: Annie (Ralph) Berge of Broadview Heights, OH
Mary (Larry) Everett of W. Des Moines, IA
Niece: Kate (Tim) Duhanich
Nephews: Alex Berge and Van, Jake, and Broc Everett
Aunt: Rose (Lou) Lackner
Step-mother, Eleanor Spehar
Step-daughters: Dr. Leah (Alan) Becicka of Virginia
Eva (Rich) Tuso of Roseville, CA
Step-grandchildren: Roman, Austin, Wyatt, and Carson Becicka and Jonathan and Catherine Tuso
Beloved canine companions, Josie, Sunny, and Sophie