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Rosemary Boland
July 26, 1931 - September 7, 2014

Rosemary (Prout) Boland, 83, of Oelwein passed away on September 7, 2014 at Arlington Place Assisted Living in Oelwein.  Visitation will be from 5-7 PM on Thursday September 11, 2014 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein with a Parish Scripture Service at 7 PM.  Services will be at 11 AM on Friday September 12, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.

Rosemary was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on July 26th, 1931 to John and Mary (O’Connor) Prout. She attended school at Immaculate Conception in Cedar Rapids and graduated in 1949. After graduation she attended Marycrest College in Davenport. She married Don Boland on November 3rd, 1951 in Duluth, MN. She worked in Duluth and Wichita Falls, TX and later as a bookkeeper at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. Other positions she held include the Activities Coordinator at Grandview Nursing Home in Oelwein and office worker for Northwestern Bell in Oelwein.

She volunteered for many local organizations including Hospital Auxiliary, Rosary Society and Organist at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, RSVP and Fontana Park. Rosemary was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Independence Community Band. She enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially archery, hunting and fishing with her husband Don. She will be remembered for her loving nature and the quality time she spent with family and friends

She is survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Don (3/30/06), her parents, John and Mary and her sister, Eileen Frykman. 


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sean frykman on September 8, 2014 at 11:15 PM said:

She was a wonderful woman with a big heart and a great listener. She thought it important that I be fluent in cursive so we worked on it until I was. She was a firecracker just like don, but just like him she was a real caring person. Besides cooking delicious meals that regularly put any restaurant to shame; a talent her sister possessed as well, she would make banana splits and don would make malted milk shakes every night all summer. She would stay awake taking care of you if you sick. Being a positive person and influence to everyone around was effortless. Her skills with a gun and archery were not exaggerated. She could hit her mark reliably no matter what she used just like don could. a 5 foot woman weighing. less than a hundred pounds could shoot a twelve gauge and make it look easy. Her home life was peaceful and serene with many friends few arguments and time well spent. She was also active with gardening, canning, and making ice tea that put any southerners to shame in addition to teaching and playing with her nephews and nieces. She was one of a kind, and lived a glorious and well lived live with courage, love, honor, intelligence, and a tireless work ethic. I am one of her nephews, I will always remember her warm personality and when we were all together we enjoyed life all the more because of her. I miss her, don and Eileen so much and love them with all my soul. Wherever they are now its already a brighter warmer place because of them.

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