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Rosemary I. Blong

Mon, Aug 27th, 2012
Posted in All Obituaries

Rosemary I. Blong, age 67, passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at her home in Cresco, IA, surrounded by her four children.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Cresco. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 27, with a scripture service to follow at the Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home 404 North Elm St. Cresco, Iowa. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Rosemary Irene Blong was born on July 14, 1945 at Allen Hospital in Waterloo, IA to Lloyd and Irene (Norton) Bloeser. Rosemary attended Jefferson #4 country schoolhouse in rural Denver, IA. She enjoyed her time in the one room schoolhouse learning from the older students. Rosemary went on to graduate in 1963 from Denver Consolidated High School, in Denver, IA. She received her BA in Business Administration Education with a minor in English from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, in 1967.

On August 7, 1967 she married Eugene “Gene” Blong at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. When they were first married, Rosemary and Gene farmed the Blong farm and Rosemary taught at Harmony and Notre Dame High Schools. In 1969 they bought a farm where they worked together and raised their children. She also worked as a cook and bartender at Wheel Inn in Chester, IA, sold Lollies by Blong's, decorated cakes and Avon. Rosemary and Gene lived on the farm until 2004 when they moved into Cresco. During this time Rosemary stayed busy subbing for area schools. Rosemary spent many years caring for her ailing husband, including trips to dialysis.

Rosemary lived her life to the fullest. She spent it gardening, canning, freezing, baking, laughing with friends over a card game, playing her piano, fishing, hunting, typing, quilting, making trips to the casino, and traveling. Rosemary enjoyed phone calls from friends and family that were near to her heart. Often letting them know it was time to hang up when her “ear was warm”. Even though Rosemary led a busy life, she always had time to play with her grandson Randy on the model railroad they built.

Rosemary is survived by her children, Renee (Greg) Romig of Sioux City, IA, Raymond Blong of Cresco, Regina Blong of Preston, MN, and Rinetta (Ron) Fravel of Cresco, her grandchildren, Anastasa Blong, Blake Blong, Randy and Rachel Fravel, her brother, Phillip Bloeser, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Eugene, on June 2, 2006, and close friend, Walter Harwood.

Rosemary’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Maher for his care of their mom, Iowa Hospice, and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

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