Rosemary A. Boge

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Rosemary “Rosie” Ann Boge, 74, of North Buena Vista, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries. Visitation was before services at the church.

Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. 

Rosemary was born July 29, 1945, in New Hampton, the daughter of Joseph John and Adella Anne (Ruhoff) Baltes. She married David Paul Wagner on Sept. 12, 1964. He died Nov. 3, 1975. On June 5, 1982, she married Eugene Robert Boge in Epworth. 

She attended St. Williams High School in Alta Vista, before graduating from New Hampton High School in 1963. 

Rosie worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 27 years, retiring January of 2002. She previously worked at the Welfare Office and farmed in Alta Vista and Cresco.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista, and it’s Rosary Society, and helped with the church’s dinners, and picnics. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, luncheons with friends, visiting family, watching her grandsons sporting events, and going to Bell Tower plays.

Survivors include her husband, Gene Boge of North Buena Vista; one daughter, Laurie Ann (Earl) Nelson of Port Byron, Ill.; three grandchildren, Cade, Aiden, and Leyton; two brothers, Bernard (Sue) Baltes of Rolling Prairie, Ind., Donald (Linda) Baltes of Rochester, Minn.; one sister, Janice (Kenny) Archer of Ottumwa; one sister-in-law, Alice Baltes of Cortez, Colo.; her in-laws from her first marriage to David, Paul (Joyce) Wagner, Marie (Leon) Bleile, and Carol (Rick) Smith, all of Dubuque; her in-laws from her second marriage to Eugene, Bonnie (Kenny) McDermott of Epworth, and Doris (Rick Kremer) Kinsella of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her first husband, David, she was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Edward; her parents-in-law, Elmer and Madeline Wagner and Walter and Loretta Boge; in-laws, Larry Whittom, Ruth Wagner, Joe and Janet Bleile; niece, Suzie Bleile; nephew, Danny Wagner, and special friends, Katie Flaherty and  Kathy Ludovissy.

The family extends a special thank you to the entire Wagner family for their love and support through the years.

A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Rosie’s obituary at

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