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Rosalie N. Bargen

January 26, 1934 ~ October 18, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Rosalie Bargen Obituary

Rosalie Bargen, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother died on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. She was 89 years old.

Rosalie was the daughter of Joseph and Emily Nowak of Clover Bottom, Missouri. She was one of 8 children.

A devout Catholic, mother of 13 children, wife to August (Gus) for nearly 68 years, and an active member of St. Francis Borgia Parish. Rosalie will be most remembered and missed for her strong faith, motherly wisdom and guidance, generous caregiving, fun-filled spirit, and her love for life. Rosalie felt blessed to have such a healthy, big family. She loved spending time with her kids and grandchildren and especially loved hearing about their accomplishments, guiding them through set-backs, praying for them and celebrating their successes. She loved gardening, played piano, was a math whiz and a terrific speller. She loved family reunions, growing vegetables and flowers in her garden, enjoyed making every holiday and birthday special, and was always quick to offer help to others. She loved to listen and dance to polka music, go to garage sales, and shopping for gifts for others. She embraced life for all of its ups and downs and always found humor in the simplest of settings.  Rosalie always made you feel like you were the most important person in the room and she wished God’s blessings to all those she knew. Rosalie felt so loved and blessed and celebrated life with time spent together with her family, visiting loved ones, playing bingo and cards, making big family dinners, going to church picnics, watching daily devotions, praying the rosary, and so much more.

Rosalie is survived by her daughter, Connie and Joseph Rigg, daughter, Carol and Mike Bunton, son, Roger and Sharon Bargen, daughter, Christine and Randall Wilson, son, Randy and Christine Bargen, son, Russell Bargen, daughter, Charlotte Bargen, son, Robin and Brenda Bargen, daughter, Carleen and Chris Moritz, daughter, Cheryl and David Howell, daughters Cathy and Carrie Bargen. Grandchildren Jason Rigg, wife Jolene, Steven Rigg, wife Kelly, Laura Granneman, husband TJ, Joshua Bunton, wife Amber, Brent Bargen, wife Kayla, Brandi Bargen, fiancée, Conlan, Matthew Wilson, wife Lynn, Nathan Bargen, Katie Bargen, Megan Moritz, Brianna Moritz, Jeremy Howell, Ian Howell, Ella Howell, and Jackson Kerr. Great-grandchildren, Anthony and Teresa Rigg, Haley and Travis Granneman, Blake and Hunter Bargen, Noah, Alexis, and Sydney Wilson. Sister-in-laws, Laverne Nowak and Lydia Groce.

Rosalie was preceded in death by her husband August (Gus), her parents, Joseph and Emily Nowak, siblings Julian Nowak, Edmund Nowak, Oliver Nowak, Elvira Elbert, Lorraine Elbert, Leona Gratza, and Patricia Lause, daughter Mary Rose, and grandchildren Jennifer Bargen and Kyle Kerr.

Rosalie is loved by many and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Rosalie is being served by Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home, 1206 Jefferson Street, Washington, MO 63090.  Visitation will be held on Monday, October 23, 2023, beginning with a rosary at 4pm until 7pm. Funeral service will be at 10am at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. Interment will be in the church cemetery.  

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October 23, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home
1206 Jefferson Street, P.O. Box 604
Washington, MO 63090

Mass of Christian Burial
October 24, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church
310 West Main Street
Washington, Missouri 63090


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