Rosemary (Rosie) Loss Bodien

March 10, 1943 to December 25, 2015

Version 2Rosie a second generation Czech-American, was born and raised in Minnesota. She graduated from River Falls College in Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s Degree (Elementary Education) in May and married Danforth (Dan) Bodien in June of 1966. They moved to Oregon where Rosie taught fifth grade for four years. With the birth of their children, Rosie turned her full attention to raising a family and in 1971 they moved to Seattle and then to Kirkland in 1977 where she lived the remainder of her life. When her children were all in school, Rosie was a substitute elementary teacher as well as being active in PTA, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and neighborhood planning groups. Rosie was a great lover of the outdoors – she enjoyed hiking, skiing, biking, camping and loved to work in her garden. She was a long time member of the Seattle Mountaineers and was a leader of mid-week hikes. Rosie and Dan were also great lover of genealogy, travel and contradancing and made several cross country trip doing genealogy research, visiting friends and relatives and contradancing. In addition, they made many trips abroad including several to the Czech Republic where Rosie searched for and visited with her relatives. In 1995, she founded and chaired the Czech/Slovak Interest Group for the Eastside Genealogical Society. Rosie was an avid collector of Czechoslovakian pottery and perfume bottles, most of which have been donated to museums for permanent display. Rosie was a true ambassador of Czech and Slovak culture in America.

Survived by her husband, Dan; sons Andrew Bodien of Portland, OR and Scott (Elizabeth (Betsy)) Bodien of Charlotte, NC, daughter Tanya (Miguel Codes Piñeiro) Bodien of Dubai, UAE; grandsons Óscar Codes-Bodien, Daniel Codes-Bodien and Jonathan Danforth Bodien; sisters Emilie (Ron) Sharpless of Alturas, CA and Louise Cameron of Roseville, MN.

Donations in lieu of flowers or gifts to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center www.fredhutch.org or the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library www.ncsml.org.

2 Responses to “Rosemary (Rosie) Loss Bodien”

  • Dolores Benes Duy says:

    Dan and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Rosie was a wonderful person. I enjoyed knowing her and visiting with her every time we got together at one of the Czech/Slovak Genealogy conferences. Many years ago, you stopped to visit at our home when you were on a cross-country camping jaunt. Rosie had been a charter member of our Czech & Slovak American Genealogy Society of Illinois from its inception in 1996 until now. Her membership number was #81. I will miss her smiling face and wonderful genealogical spirit. Dolores

  • JoAnn Pasek says:

    So sorry to hear that Rosie has passed. It’s hard to lose her although heaven now has gained an angel. She was truly a pillar of our community and I will miss her generosity and kindness.

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