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Wretha Bosma, formerly of Mason City, Iowa, died in Colorado Springs, Colorado with family at her side after battling Alzheimer's disease. Born and raised on the family farm near Agency, Wretha was valedictorian of her high school before attending Iowa State University, where she met James (Jim) Flohr. Shortly after graduation, Wretha and Jim married and began their teaching careers in New Jersey. They had two children, Michael and Chris Ann. After Jim's diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 1969, Wretha worked hard as a caregiver and supporting the family. A life-long seamstress, Wretha's sewing accomplishments were diverse, from wedding dresses and drapes to quilts, quilts, and more quilts! Early on she was a tailor, and then began teaching sewing classes and selling Bernina sewing machines. She also taught night classes, combining her love of sewing and teaching. After Jim died in 1984, Wretha was even more active at her church in Mason City, with choir, hand bells, Women's Circle, and committees. Wretha was employed for many years at Farm Credit Services, always enjoying the interaction with farmers and their families. In 1989, Wretha married Clarence Bosma, and they continued to enjoy working with farmers, dancing, and traveling far and wide. After Clarence's death in 1996, Wretha traveled a bit more with family and friends, and even tried "snowbirding" a few years to Apache Junction, AZ. Always proud of her Iowa heritage, the Sands pioneers, and her family's Iowa State legacy, Wretha carried herself through life with hard work, humor, and love. We will miss her strength, her knowing looks, her blue eyes, and her beautiful smile.
Wretha was able to spend the last few years in view of Pikes Peak, and enjoyed being close to Chris and Brian. We are incredibly thankful for the support and care of our families, friends, clients, a very precious caregiver Raelena Sandoval, Compassus Hospice staff, and staff at Sunrise University Park.
Survivors include son Mike (Letty) Flohr and granddaughter Iliana of California, daughter Chris Ann Flohr and son-in-law Brian Anderson of Colorado Springs, sister Dorothy (Charles) Swanson, sister-in-law JoAnn Larson, brother-in-law Steve Flohr, and numerous nieces and nephews. Stepchildren John Bosma, Mark Bosma, Linda Bosma, and four step grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, husbands Jim Flohr and Clarence Bosma, sister Helen Louise Myers. Wretha's wishes were for her body to be donated to medical research and education. A memorial service will be held in Mason City in January.
Her losses and sorrows have been great, but her love greater. She looked forward to those who await.
Published on December 15, 2017
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