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Rose M. Beal (nee Kennelly)


Rose M. Beal (nee Kennelly) of Winona died in Rochester, Minn., at Mayo Medical Center Saturday, May 19, 2018, from breast cancer.

She is survived by her loving husband, Dave Beal of Winona; stepson, David Beal; stepdaughter, Nancy Beal Kaminski (Steve); granddaughters, Leah Kaminski, Nicole Kaminski and Evelyn Beal; mother, Maxine (Mickey) Kennelly of Williamsburg, Va.; and siblings, Mary Estelle Kennelly of Arlington, Va., Elizabeth Mador (John) of New London, Conn., Margaret Jones (David) of Williamsburg, Kathleen Bingham of Vienna, Va., and Tom Kennelly of Vienna; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, John T. Kennelly.

Rose was born Oct. 7, 1965, in Seattle, Wash. When she was an infant, her family relocated to Virginia. She was raised in Arlington, where she was an active member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and School, receiving her sacraments along the way. She attended Bishop Dennis J. O’Connell High School and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. (1983-87). She had a life-long love of learning and was always an excellent student.

After college, Rose secured employment with the National Security Agency, where a highlight of her career was her assignment to Cheltenham, England to work jointly with colleagues in United Kingdom defense agencies.

Rose and her husband, Dave, were married in 1994 in Arlington. For the first half of their marriage they resided in Union Bridge, Md.

Always a devoted Catholic, Rose responded to her spiritual calling by beginning theological studies in 1995, first pursuing a Masters’ Degree and then her Ph.D. in theology at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. She was awarded a scholarship for her studies, and also served in a teaching capacity during her time at Catholic, instilling in her the desire to utilize her degrees in an academic setting. Her dissertation was published in 2014 as Mystery of the Church, People of God: Yves Congar’s Total Ecclesiology as a Path to Vatican II.

In 2009, Rose accepted a teaching position in the Theology Department of St. Mary’s University in Winona. She and Dave relocated to Winona, where she immensely enjoyed her call to teaching, eventually attaining tenure in May, 2015 and holding the title of Associate Professor at the time of her death. She made her home in Winona and appreciated the companionship of many wonderful friends she made while there, including her colleagues.

Rose was exceptionally bright, exhibited a zest for life that was second to none, and was extraordinarily joyful in her approach to life. She was a skilled knitter and quilter; always working on a project of some sort. Her faith was unwavering and she always believed in God’s goodness, even during her most difficult days. Rose was a member of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart parish in Winona. She will be missed greatly by all of the family, friends, and colleagues who were so blessed to know her.

Memorial Masses are scheduled to be held Friday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, Va. (Ironbound Rd.) and Monday, June 25 at 11 a.m. in Saint Thomas More Chapel at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Rose’s life. Ever the teacher, Rose donated her body to Mayo Clinic for medical training and research, with final inurnment to be at the Mayo Vault at the Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made in Rose’s memory to: The American Breast Cancer Foundation,

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