In the early morning of April 3, 2018, Rose passed away peacefully of natural causes at St. Peter’s Health in Helena. Rose was 77 years old.
Rose was born in Helena on May 22, 1940 to Frank and Rose Fleisner of East Helena. “Butch”, as she was known by many, was raised in East Helena and attended St. Ann’s Catholic School. Rose graduated from Helena High School in 1958.
Rose and Bill met at a dance in February 1958. The two were married on November 2, 1958 at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in East Helena. They would have celebrated sixty years of marriage this year.
Before starting a family with Bill, Rose worked for the Montana Chamber of Commerce. Rose was a Chief Election judge for thirty 30 years and served on the Helena Citizens Council. Her hobbies included quilting, knitting, crocheting and gardening. Rose was an accomplished quilter and won Best of Show awards at the Montana State Fair, Montana Winter Fair, and Last Chance Fair. In fact, Rose was so particular about her quilts that she would not gift one unless it had won 1st place; she took great pride in her work. She also served as the first president of the Helena Quilt Guild and was a member of the Senior Quilters.
Rose is survived by her husband, Bill Bausch of Helena; children, Chris (Joy) Bausch of Livingston, Paul (Lora Johnson) Bausch of Helena, Valerie (Laura Woodward) Bausch of Woodbury, MN; brothers and sisters, Frank (Pam) Fleisner of East Helena, Ron (Tana) Fleisner of East Helena, Margie Charleton of Pacifica, CA; grandchildren, Angela (Gordie) Koloski of Gillette, WY, Christine Bausch of Bozeman, Jacob (Mindy) Bausch of Laurel, Veronica (Kenya) Abubakari of West Valley City, UT, Olivia (Tristan) Jenks of Billings, special friend, Lynne Haniuk of Bozeman; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved pets, Moose and Lexie.
A private, family gathering is planned at a later date - not to mourn her passing but to celebrate her life, fondly remember how she touched us all, and share a story or two. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Lewis & Clark Humane Society, P.O. Box 4455, Helena, MT 59604.
Rose, your long, valiant struggle has come to an end. We miss you so much. May you now rest in peace.