Tony Rosandich, age 48 of Cambridge, died September 3, 2021 at his home. A Memorial Service will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, September 18th at Strike Life Tributes in Cambridge. Visitation will begin 1 hour before the service.
Tony Arlan Rosandich went home to Jesus on September 3, 2021. He died in his home in Cambridge, MN in the early morning hours. Tony was born in Anoka MN and graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1991. He excelled in hockey and loved the sport and the competition. He loved the MN Wild so much he named some of his pets after players. He screamed every time the Vikings played for a win and screamed at the television when they didn’t.
Tony’s biggest blessings were between 2003 and 2006. In 2003 he became clean and sober and gave himself to Christ and in 2006 his wonderful son was born. He cried when he told his mother they were pregnant.
Tony first taught Jamison all the things a little boy should know. Love was the greatest thing they both felt for each other. How to hit the Cheerios in the toilet, dig for worms, wash his hands, count, his ABC’s, and how to pronounce words. Everyone was warned to watch their mouths and no swearing around his son; each time mom and dad did it they had to put money in a jar. 2008, December 2nd, Bill (Papa) needed a kidney transplant or he would die. Tony hit a home run, a slap shot, a three point basket. He gave his Papa one of his kidneys. The kidney was still perfect on April 15, 2019 when Papa died.
Then on to hockey and riding BMX; Jamison was fantastic at both and Tony was Jamison’s best and loudest fan. Tony even raced a few times. The walls in their home are covered with trophies, ribbons and medals. Onto football and basketball, again, Tony only missed a few games and they would play for hours with each other all four seasons in Minnesota. During all this, Tony made a huge bunch of friends that still kept in touch. He also was reacquainted with alcohol and drugs. Those days were when the addictions abused him but didn’t define him.
Tony was a complete romantic and loved giving flowers to his ladies, mother and many times for no occasion. Never going into a store without leaving with a card for someone he was thinking of. He loved to cook, and shop for what he was going to use. He cleaned, did dishes, took care of his own clothes. Proud of his yards, proud of almost anything he accomplished.
The Harley Davidson was beautiful by the time Tony had it all done in Batman for his son, Jamison’s second hero. He loved riding it, another therapy. The open roads, something he could control in his life. The fresh air, feeling freedom, the ability to rid his mind and just enjoy the moments. The Harley was not only beautiful but different in every way.
Painting, the one thing he didn’t do well as a young man became his career path. He was not only great at it but became somewhat of an artist at painting homes and commercial buildings. Later he became an accomplished Independent Contractor; owner of “Twin City Custom Painting”. He did the majority of his subcontracting through “Ultimate Drywall”. While working there, he met many great friends and families
that he was always in touch with, included, was his bosses and his girls, as he called them.
Tony and Bri found each other and he asked her to marry him on June 3, 2021, two years later. They were planning their wedding when Tony left us. When the demons weren’t in his life Tony was a wonderful dad, son, brother and friend. He loved all of us so deeply and made every one laugh. His smile would light up the world. He worked hard, played and loved hard. He did everything to the max, no matter if it was good, bad or ugly.
Tony never wanted to be defined by his addictions. He never wanted it on his resume. He never wanted it in his life. He hated it, he hated that his son hated it or his mother, dad, siblings, the women in his life. He suffered so much and tried hard to quit many times, but still it hung on hard to him. His addictions were
his best friend, his lover, his way to make it through nights and the loneliest days. It made him feel loved, accepted, feel alright, he could make anything work out fine. It made him feel no pain, It was the only thing that made him feel sane. What it didn’t tell him is that they would devastate his family and tear his life into shreds. He would never marry, never see his son as a man, never find true happiness, but die too early in a painful death.
Tony is preceded in death by his brother, Frankie Ray Rosandich; father, Nicholas Rosandich; his uncle, Mike Buchta; his loving dad, William Ludtke; his sister, Barbara Honlik (Tom); and too many friends.
He will be lovingly remembered by his son, Jamison Ray Rosandich; mother, Kathy Ludtke; brothers, Jason Rosandich, Chad Rosandich (Nicole); sisters, Kathy Kirvida (Kevin), Sandra Waas (Archie) and Nicole Meeker (Randall); his partner and fiancé, Bri Gabrielson; his dogs, Mugsy and Mikko; and so many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
He is loved by Christ and is at peace and out of his pain. He died alone except for the Angels that were there to help him and take him home. Watch out Angels, once he is rested he will dance, sing, probably play frisbee with your halos. We will need all of you Angels a bit longer to help us always remember the good in him and to learn to live without him.