November 11, 2020) - Rosella "Della" A. Gordon, age 98, of Dardenne
Prairie, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, November 4, at Saint Peters
Manor Care Center in Saint Peters, Missouri.
Della was born on
Easter Sunday, April 16, 1922, in Escanaba, to Agnes and Charles
Beauchamp. She grew up in Kingsford, graduating from Kingsford High
School, class of 1940. She was crowned the first Miss Iron
Mountain/Kingsford at a July 4th celebration at Lake Antoine in Iron
Mountain. After high school, she moved to Racine, Wisconsin, where she
lived and worked for Qualheims and Modine Manufacturing at jobs she
loved. In 1960, she met Jerry Gordon. They married at St. Anthony
Catholic Church on September 9, 1961, and built their life and family in
The hallmarks of Della's life were faith, family, and
community. Early in her adult life, she was active in the Wisconsin
Catholic Junior League and eventually served as president. Likewise,
after marrying and moving to Niagara, Della could be found leading
various organizations. She was the founder of the Maryhill Manor Nursing
Home Women's Guild, which helped to raise funds for the nursing home in
their early years while operated by the order of nuns, Sister Servants
of Christ the King. Della served for 17 years as their president. She
also helped lead St. Anthony's Christian Mother's and Guild for many
years. She enjoyed working and serving on the Green Bay Diocese Council
of Catholic Women and eventually served on their board and as their
Della was dedicated to service in her community, and
it was easy to see the energy it gave her as well as earning her the
nickname Della the Dealer. She would go from business to business
selling hundreds of raffle tickets.
In addition to community
involvement, Della enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling.
She loved the arts and was an excellent ballroom dancer. She danced her
way through life. If music was playing, she was dancing.
is survived by her son Guy (Gina) of O'Fallon, Missouri and her
daughter, Treva (Ken) Peters of Woodbury, Minnesota. She especially
enjoyed her five grandchildren, Brett, Brock, Madeline, Nicole, and
Isabel. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
was one of 18 children. She is preceded in death by her husband Jerry
and sisters, Alice Fumo, Beverly Washburn, Marie Chud, Gloria Weber,
Florence La Fave, Xina Petras, Isabelle DiBiase, Blanche Micheau,
Loretta Beauchamp, and Anna Mae Anderson; and by her brothers; Raymond,
Henry, Francis, Ernest, William, Leslie, and Charles.
thanks to St. Peter's Manor in St. Peters, Missouri, and all of the
caregivers who cared for her in recent years.
Visitation will be
on Tuesday, December 29, from 10:00 until 11:00 AM at St. Anthony
Catholic Church in Niagara. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on
Tuesday at 11:00 AM at the church. Rev. Fr. Michael Lightner will
officiate. Burial will take place in Niagara Cemetery.
In lieu of
flowers, memorials to a charity of your choice is suggested in Della's
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The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation
Services-Niagara Chapel to honor Della's legacy of life.