Thomas Rosenberg

Thomas Rosenberg

  • Funeral Date: 2/21/14
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date of Birth: 10/12/46
  • Date of Death: 2/14/14
  • Funeral Location: Christiania Lutheran Church - Lakeville

Thomas Alan Rosenberg, age 67, was born October 12, 1946, in Albert Lea, Minn. to Milton and Dorothy (Aspenson) Rosenberg. He was baptized at First Lutheran Church, confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church, and graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1965.
In March 1966, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy – serving as a construction engineer with the Seabee battalion in Vietnam, building roads, tactical airstrips, and fortified encampments in addition to undertaking civic action projects on behalf of the Vietnamese people. Following his honorable discharge in January 1969 Tom returned to Minnesota and enrolled at Mankato State College where he received a degree in economics and city planning. Upon graduating he married Marisue Germann of New Ulm, Minn. before the couple moved to Chicago where Tom worked for the federal government while earning a master’s degree from Loyola University.
After 13 years in Chicago, Tom brought his young family to Burnsville, Minn. where he continued working within the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Labor, heading up accounting, auditing and compliance efforts aimed at the upholding of democratic principles and fiscal standards of organized labor.
On March 8, 1990, Tom married Lakeville, MN native Mary (DeMaster) Rowan at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville. Tom retired from the Labor Department in 2003 and later he and Mary relocated to a 19th century farmhouse on the edge of Northfield, Minn. where he passed away suddenly on the evening of Feb. 14, 2014.
Tom was very civic minded and enjoyed politics as well as participating in the electoral process, and consulted on labor union elections. He had been serving on the board of the Northfield-based Vintage Band Festival and had a lifelong love of rock and roll music. Tom also enjoyed dancing, bicycling, and managing various rental properties. He showed great interest in family history and took pride in both his Norwegian and Minnesota heritage. Tom also loved to travel, especially, in recent years, to Costa Rica. He had a reputation as being very kind and considerate and was known as a caring father and devoted family man.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Mary; Three children: Eric of Lexington Park, Md., Lisa of San Francisco, Kara of Minneapolis; Two step-sons: Patrick (Naomi) Rowan of Grove City, MN, Philip (Wendy) Rowan of Kansas City; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; his brother John (Nancy) of Arlington, VA; along with numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother Darryl.
A Celebration of Tom’s Life will be held at 11:00AM Friday, February 21, 2014, at Christiania Lutheran Church in rural Lakeville with Rev. David Anderson officiating.  Visitation will be 4-7PM Thursday, February 20, 2014, at  the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield and at church one hour prior to the funeral.  Military Honors are provided by the Northfield VFW and American Legion.
Memorials are preferred to Vintage Band Festival, 204 W. 7th Street, Box 130, Northfield, MN 55057.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.


  1. Jane Currer

    So sorry to hear about your loss Mary (Jean), you have my deepest sympathy.

    Jane Currer

  2. Bob Morton

    My condolences to Mary Jean, and the family. Tom was a good, ethical man – and will be missed by those of us who were fortunate enough to know him.

  3. laurel powers

    Our deepest condolences to the Rosenberg family from all who knew him here in Phoenix and Sun City AZ.

  4. Mary abd family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Tom! He was a very caring and generous person. We always enjoyed seeing both of you! We couldn’t have asked for a better landlord and friend! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mark and Judy werner

  5. Lois Stratmoen

    I had the privilege of working with Tom on the Vintage Band Festival Band board and had the very highest regard for him and his contributions there. What a shock to hear of his unexpected death. He was a very dear person. Lois

  6. Marilee Heggem

    Mary & family,

    Tom will be missed as a very dear friend. He was an honest, caring, and good man. He had a jest for life that was contagious. He loved his children, wife, family, and friends to the fullest. He was an example for us all. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead.

    Marilee Heggem

  7. Susan Lukecart Officer

    My condolences to the entire Rosenberg family. I graduated high school with Tom in 1965. I remember him as a good friend.

  8. Julie Thorsheim

    Sincere condolences to all of Tom’s family! Many of us will miss Tom on our bike rides.

  9. Steve Rome

    I was in shock to here that Tom had passed suddenly. I will really miss him. We had a great time in Tennessee last year and was looking forward to enjoying another summer at the Lake with the two of you. My condolences to you and your family.

  10. Heidi Sarazin

    I am so sorry for your loss…Sending you love and light always! Will give hugs soon! Love you!

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