University Letter

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Remembering Jessica (Rosencrans) Reule

Jessica Reule

With deep regret, we announce the death of Jessica (Rosencrans) Reule, assistant director of Veteran & Military Services, who passed away on Monday, Jan. 10, in Altru Hospital, surrounded by loved ones. She was 38.

Jessica was employed at the University for the past 16 years in various roles in Continuing Education, Adult Re-Entry, Student Success Center, and most recently Veteran and Military Services. Before joining Student Affairs, she worked full-time at the Television Center.

Jessica Rae Rosencrans was born on Jan. 31, 1983, in Grand Forks, to Tim and Celia (Blaufuss) Rosencrans.  She was raised and attended school in Thompson, N.D. She continued her education at the University of North Dakota, where she received her Master of Business Administration degree.  Jessica was employed by the UND Television Center as she worked toward her master’s degree.  She then worked for Continuing Education in Adult Re-entry, Student Success Center and most recently Veterans and Military Services.

Jessica married Justin Libbrecht Reule on April 22, 2016, in St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Thompson. They found their forever home on the outskirts of Grand Forks, where they proceeded to fix up the house and property together. They were blessed with two fur babies, Kaiser and Kira.

She was a person of great faith in the Catholic Church and the love of her family was strong. Most of all, she loved being an auntie. Jessica’s organizational skills were known to all.  She was a personal attendant many times because of her attention to detail. She was a ballet dancer, choreographer, crafter, baker, and had a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She had many binders at home with recipes, budgets, family life, faith-based prayers and even scheduled times for snuggles and meals. In true Jessica fashion, she wrote her own eulogy.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Justin; her siblings, Kelly (Gregory) Gahlon of East Grand Forks, MN and Timothy J (Kaitlyn) Rosencrans of Grand Forks, ND; her parents, Celia Rosencrans of Thompson, ND and Tim (Kally) Rosencrans of Grand Forks, ND; her much loved nieces, Sydney and Lindsay Gahlon and nephews, Logan Gahlon and Thomas Rosencrans; grandmother, Vana Blaufuss; in-laws, Jerry Reule of Thompson, ND and Jean Reule of Fargo, ND; a sister-in-law, Angela Reule, Fargo, ND.  Also, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Francis Blaufuss, Bev Rosencrans and Eugene Rosencrans.

Jessica had some favorite charities. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Journey Home Animal Rescue, 2205 12th Avenue North, Grand Forks, ND 58203. You can also make an appointment with Dak Minn Blood Bank and tell them your blood donation is in honor of Jessica.

Mass of Christian Burial:  11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Thompson, N.D.

Visitation: Sunday, Jan. 16, from 3-5 p.m. with a 5 p.m. vigil service in St. Jude’s Catholic Church. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Monday.

 To view the livestream Funeral Mass, please go to

Burial:  In the spring.