Rosemary Blong, 67, Cresco

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

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 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, Aug. 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, Iowa to Lloyd and Irene (Norton) Bloeser. Rosemary attended Jefferson #4 country schoolhouse in rural Denver, Iowa. 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. She received her BA in Business Administration Education with a minor in English from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, in 1967.

On Aug. 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, Iowa, sold Lollies by Blong’s, decorated cakes and sold 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. She 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. She enjoyed phone calls from friends and family who 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, Iowa, Raymond Blong of Cresco, Regina Blong of Preston, Minn. and Rinetta (Ron) Fravel of Cresco; her grandchildren, Anastasa Blong, Blake Blong and 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.

Undesignated memorials will be given to the Hope Lodge in Rochester.



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