Luree Dora was born February 18, 1930, to Lawrence and Frieda (Schwarz) Rose. She attended Bloomfield Public Schools, graduating in 1947. United in marriage to Walter Wearne in 1948, the two made their home first in Kansas City and then in Bloomfield and back to both again, finally settling in Bloomfield in 1962. To this union were born 3 girls and 4 boys: Grant (Sandi), Steve (Deb), Marilyn Warriner, David (Denice), Eric (Linda), Sharon (Dennis) Larson and Joanne (Darrel) Swenson. Of course, from there the family grew to 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Luree was a mother and homemaker, keeping busy bossing the kids around and sewing. Among the many roles she played in her life were den leader, 4-H leader, camping girls leader, and seamstress. She was active in her church and along with Walter, opened her home to people from all over. In the 1960s it was Helga immigrating from Germany as a young adult. Then Luiz and Maria from Brazil and Julio of Chile were welcomed into Luree and Walt’s home as foreign exchange students during the 1970s and 80s. Around 1974 she began working part-time at the United States Post Office in Bloomfield where she continued until her retirement in 1992.
When Luree wanted to “get away from it all”, she would head for the outdoors where she enjoyed bird watching, camping, fishing and traveling. She was quick to invite others to join her and always tried to help those in need. She had a huge heart and shared it with everyone.
When Walter died in 1988, Luree dove into the work of helping the Bloomfield Community plan and commemorate their centennial celebration. She regularly wrote a newspaper column for the Monitor and was instrumental in producing a large book about the history of the citizens of Bloomfield and the surrounding area.
On March 7, 1992, Luree married Renze Boersma of Springfield, SD. They made their home in Yankton, SD. With her marriage, Luree enlarged her family with the addition of Renze’s son and daughter-in-law, Bernie and Margaret of Cheyenne, WY. Their marriage also gave her 4 more grandchildren.
Renze and Luree made it a point to be involved and busy having fun while they could. They enjoyed square dancing, church activities, woodworking, visiting and traveling. They were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yankton and were very active in the Over 50’s group at the church. During their years together, they traveled to Denmark, Japan, Alaska, California and many more local places to spend time with family. Sadly, their life together was cut short when Renze succumbed to cancer in 2006.
In 2011, Luree moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and changed her name to Rosie. She had many different homes during her life there and always won the hearts of those around her. By this time, Rosie didn’t have much to say, but was often quick with a smart remark and a smile. She became a card shark at the game of Kings in the Corner and loved everything purple. Rosie always felt so lucky that her children and their families all still talk to each other and so many of them are accountants and college graduates. Rosie’s children and their families all counted her as one of their many blessings. They will mourn her loss forever, but also forever feel blessed to have had her in their lives. Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma and Sister, we miss you. She died October 22, 2018.
Preceded in death by husbands Walter Wearne and Renze Boersma; Survived by children Joanne (Darrel) Swenson of Omaha; Sharon (Dennis) Larson of Nebraska City; Eric (Linda) Wearne of Portland, OR; David (Denice) Wearne of Papillion, NE; Marilyn Warriner of Waverly, NE; Steve (Deb) Wearne of Rio, WI; Grant (Sandi) Wearne of Cincinnati, OH; Bernard (Margaret) Boersma of Douglas, WY; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; Sister Kathy (Ray) Knutson of Hartington, NE; Visitation Thursday 6 to 8 PM at Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church ( 150th & Q St). Memorial Service Saturday 1:30 PM at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield, NE. Inurnment Bloomfield City Cemetery. Memorials to Alzheimers Assc., American Cancer Society or First Trinity Lutheran Church; Condolences to www.reichmuthfuneralhomes.com