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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Obit: Rachel Ann Kowalski Roen

  • Born June 13, 1964 in Devils Lake, N.D.
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  • Born June 13, 1964 in Devils Lake, N.D. Rachel always cared deeply about helping other people. She was an amazing wife and mother, successful career woman and a leader in the community. In her career she combined caring with an incredible work ethic and well-developed business sense to become a human resources executive at Eaton Corporation and for the last 14 years at Cargill. At Cargill, Rachel was a vice president of Human Resources for the Talent Center for Expertise. Her career choice originated from her studies at North Dakota State University where she graduated with honors in psychology in 1986. In 1989, she received a master’s degree in labor relations from the Carlson School of Management. Always interested in continuing her education, she completed her MBA at the University of St. Thomas in 2002. As important as her career was to Rachel, it paled in comparision to her commitment to her family. After first meeting David Roen at a summer resort near Detroit Lakes, the two became reacquainted as young professionals in Minneapolis and married in 1992. Their children, Madeleine (18) and Wilson (16) provide the focal point for their lives and are Rachel’s most important legacy. Madeleine is currently studying at Washington University in St. Louis and Wilson is a junior at Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria. In addition to her commitment to her family and career, Rachel also made time to contribute to the community and did so through her work with Holy Family Catholic High School and St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development. Rachel is the daughter of John and Mary Louise Kowalski and was born and raised in Devils Lake, N.D.,where she graduated from Devils Lake Central High in 1982. Throughout her life, she cherished her time spent with family and participating in her favorite activities: boating on Lake Minnetonka, water and snowskiing, trying new recipes and serving great food to her friends and family. Rachel is survived by her husband, David, their two children, Madeleine and Wilson, and her dog, Maxine, Her mother, Mary Louise Kowalski, her sisters, Mary Ellen Wilkie and Jennifer Hopkins. “The value of life lies not in the length of the days, but in the use we make of them: a man may live long, yet get little from life. Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.” Michel de Montaigne
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