Estrella (Hofferth) Rosenbaum-Bosson

Born: Sat., Sep. 10, 1921
Died: Thu., Jan. 31, 2013


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sat., Feb. 09, 2013
Location: Saint Pauls Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Sat., Feb. 09, 2013
Location: Saint Pauls Lutheran Church

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Estrella Rosenbaum-Bosson

Sep. 10, 1921 to Jan. 31, 2013,

SOUTH BEND-At 91 years of age, our Lord called home from Morningside Nursing & Memory Care, one the nicest women to ever walk the face of this earth.  Born Sep. 10, 1921, in Kouts, IN, Estrella Ruth Hofferth, the only child of Emil, a brick mason, and Mabelle (Salzer) Hofferth, a school teacher, she began her incredible life.  She excelled in school, was an accomplished musician and loved people. While in high school she performed as the church organist at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kouts and after retiring she served the same position at St Paul’s Lutheran in South Bend. She came to South Bend in the early 1940’s to attend the South Bend College of Commerce and after graduation began her secretarial career as a legal secretary in South Bend.  On Nov. 22, 1941, she married high school sweetheart, Franklin Rosenbaum, who preceded her in death in 1987.  She is survived by 3 children; Franklin Jr. (Beryl) of Oscoda, MI, Carol Wendell (Dr Kenneth) of Cumberland, MD, and John of South Bend.  After taking a career break to raise the children, she returned to the work force with Studebaker Corp. as a secretary, and rose to the position of executive secretary before the company moved to Canada.  She retired in 1986 as the executive secretary to the plant manager at the AM General’s South Bend plant.  She was active in her church, serving on many committees, band boosters, and other clubs and organizations.  She is also survived by four grand-children; Deanna (Michael) Hall of Riverside, IL, Geoffrey (Kristen) Wendell of Rogers, AR, Lisa (Adam) McGilton of Caro, MI and Johanna Wendell of Atlanta, GA, as well as five great-grand-children; Hazel & Henry Hall, Sadie & Burke Wendell and Nolan McGilton.  After Franklin’s death, she kept busy with home, church and playing bridge.  She joined a bridge club in the late 80’s where she met Robert Bosson. They both had common interests in card playing, dancing and traveling, and they married on Feb. 10, 1990 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in South Bend.  The first twelve years of their marriage were active and exciting.  In 2002,  she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and Robert remained by her side until her passing.  Estrella is also survived by his children; Margaret (Mike) Papay of South Bend and John Bosson of South Bend, as well as his grand-daughter, Linda (Justin) McLain of Covington, IN and one great-grand-child Dylan McLain.  Estrella’s viewing will take place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 51490 Laurel Rd. in South Bend, 46637 on Saturday, Feb. 9th from 1 to 3 PM followed by the funeral service at 3 PM conducted by Rev. Gregory Fiechtner. Estrella’s final resting place will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Kouts, Indiana, in a family plot next to her Mother & Father.  The family requests any donations may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, 922 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46617. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at 

Charitable donations may be made in Estrella's memory to the following organizations:

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana
P.O. Box 4204, South Bend, IN, 46634

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

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William W. Taylor
   Posted Thu February 07, 2013
You were Truly one of the nicest ladies that i ever had the Honor to know.
Rest in peace Estrella.

Peggy Harris
   Posted Thu February 07, 2013
I extend my deepest synpathy to Bob Bosson and his family.
Bob,I was saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved wife.
My thoughts and prayer's are with you and your family.
Psalm 30:5. Weeping endurath for a night but, joy cometh in the morning.

Most Sincerely,

Peggy Harris

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