Rhoda Cecelia Briggs
Rhoda Cecelia Briggs, 81, of International Falls, Minn., formerly of Sawyer, died peacefully with her loving family by her side on Friday, March 23, 2007, in St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. She was born in 1926 in Sawyer to Harry and Maggie St.
Rhoda Cecelia Briggs, 81, of International Falls, Minn., formerly of Sawyer, died peacefully with her loving family by her side on Friday, March 23, 2007, in St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. She was born in 1926 in Sawyer to Harry and Maggie St. John. Rhoda grew up and attended school in Sawyer. On July 16, 1947, she was united in marriage to Lester "Jack" Briggs in Duluth. They made their home in Duluth until moving to International Falls in 1950. Rhoda was an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa, a very active member of the Native American Community, and a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in International Falls. In 2000, Rhoda received an honorary degree from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet. Her entire life was devoted to her children and grandchildren.
Rhoda was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Briggs; sons Jack Jr. and David; daughter Margaret Ann Briggs; two great-granddaughters, Bailey and Madison Briggs; and brother, Herman "Bud" Trotterchaude.
She is dearly loved and will be sadly missed by her children, Stephen (Dianne) Briggs of International Falls, Jan (David) Paczkowski of Ramsey, Thomas (Judy) Briggs of Minnetonka, and Kathleen (Christian) Rognerud of International Falls; daughter-in-law, Debbie Briggs of International Falls; brother Dennis (Linda) St. John of Grand Rapids; sisters Beatrice Huie and Dorothy Lambert, both of Sawyer; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all those who so professionally and lovingly cared for Rhoda and her entire family.
Visitation was held from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, with rosary at 2:30 p.m., in Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet, followed by a luncheon at the Sawyer Center. Visitation continued Wednesday, March 28, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in International Falls. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in International Falls.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Jack Briggs Scholarship Fund, c/o FDLTCC, 2101 14th St., Cloquet, MN 55720.
Both Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet and Green Larsen Funeral Home in International Falls are assisting the family with arrangements. Sign their guest book at www.northlandfuneralhome.com or www.green-larsen.com
March 28, 2007
- Cloquet, Minn.