In loving memory of

Rosemary Duran
September 14, 1922 - February 27, 2020

Rosemary Smith Duran, 97 died peacefully in her sleep at St. Anne Extended Healthcare in Winona on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
Rosemary was born in rural Winona County to Edwin and Ada Smith. She spent her early years on Homer Ridge in Winona County. After graduating from Winona Senior High School and Winona State College she taught school in western Minnesota before returning to Winona. She worked for many years at the Steak Shop restaurant and later at Linahan's Restaurant in Winona.
She is survived by her sister, Beverly Douglas of Winona; her two sons, Dale Duran of Winona and Denis Duran of Scottsdale, Arizona; two grandchildren, Brenna Duran Chu and Lauren Duran Tomesh both of Phoenix, Arizona; and four great-grandchildren, Jade, Nico, Colter and Willow all of Arizona.
Rosemary was a long-time member of Central Methodist Church and had served in several volunteer organizations in Winona. She was a voracious reader and prized her Winona Public Library membership card. In lieu of cards or flowers please support The Friends of the Winona Public Library and leave a little extra tip for your favorite waiter or waitress.
The family would like to thank the staff of Calista Court and St Anne's Hospice for their help
Rosemary had traveled extensively throughout the United States and had lived in both California and New York as a young woman, but Winona was always her favorite. She marveled at the beauty of the bluffs and the small valleys and coulees that surround Winona. She would always say "there was no place as beautiful as Winona in the fall". She will be missed.
Honoring Rosemary's wishes, no funeral services will be held, and burial will be at a later date. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family.


Maureen J. Cooney wrote on Feb 29, 2020:

"Rosemary was a outstanding woman. I met Rosemary and her VISTA friends years ago; they were valued volunteers at the United Way and numerous other non-profit organizations in Winona. Rosemary wit and attitude was great to be around always. She was a role model for aging gracefully. Your mom spoke lovingly of her sons. Go in peace, Rosemary."

Jean Evens wrote on Feb 29, 2020:

"Dale and Denis and all family- My heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mother. Rosemary was a great friend to me. Supporting and helping me many times. Rosemary will forever be in my heart and thoughts. Jean "