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Rosemary Voglewede, one hundred years of age, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2022, in her rural Carrington home, attended by her children.

Rosemary Gertrude Durivage was born in 1922 in Toledo, Ohio. She was the youngest of three children born to Raoul and Loretta (Bergmann) Durivage. Her mother died in l929 when she was only seven, and for a time she and her siblings lived with relatives. She attended Gesu and Ursuline Catholic schools in Toledo, and graduated from Mary Manse College with a B.A. in French and Art. While in high school, she lived in a house with only her older brother Donald and sister Berneta. She remembered that time with great fondness. In August of l939, the three of them drove to New York City to see the World’s Fair. They also went north to Montreal and Ottawa, visiting their great aunt, Soeur St. Victor, a Grey Nun of Ottawa. They came home by way of Thousand Islands and Niagara Falls. The entire trip cost just $125 for the three of them.

Through the Catholic Action Movement in Toledo, Rosemary met her best and life-long friend, Ruth Voglewede, who brought her to Decatur, Indiana, to meet several brothers. Rosemary married one of them, William, while he was an intern at the Navy Medical Center in San Diego, on November 4, 1944. He was serving in the South Pacific when their first child, Mary Therese, was born in August of 1945. After the war, Bill and Rosemary visited several Midwest locations before moving to Carrington where Bill set up practice in 1946. The good Presentation Sisters who ran the hospital had much to do with their decision to make Carrington their home.

Bill and Rosemary were generous parents. In late 1957, they moved their growing family north of Carrington where their many children had the run of 40 acres.  Bill kept horses, and raised pheasants, turkeys and bees. Their household was always open to friends and “adopted” children.  Rosemary was a superb mother and a wonderful cook.  She fostered an appreciation for art and music in her sons and daughters. When the youngest was in school, she taught French and Art at Carrington High School for a few years.  In the 1970s she was an actor in the local Lynn Peterson Theater Group, offering the public “The Fantasticks” and other productions. When she had any spare time, she fostered her artistic talent, took harp lessons, started and led a book club for 16 years, and was chosen to contribute a mural to the Courthouse for Foster County’s centennial year in 1983; it can be seen there today. She was an active member of the Carrington Hospital Auxiliary, and a member of the Altar Society at Sacred Heart Parish. She donated her time to the kitchen there, and loved quilting with her friends in the church hall.

As social and outgoing as she was, Rosemary loved the home first, and was most proud of her 14 children. She will be deeply missed by them: Mary T., Moyie Springs, ID; John (Mary Ann), Milton, DE; Timothy (Corrine), Orofino, ID; Paul (Vicki), Double Oak, TX; Anne Voglewede Green, Fargo, ND; Jane (David Abbott), Fargo, ND; Stephen (Br. Bertrand Vogelweide), Richardton, ND; Michael (Ginger), Northwood, ND; Joseph (Leann) Carrington, ND; Charles (Leslie), Grand Island, NE; William (Edye), West Fargo, ND; Barbara (Kim Dohrman), St. Petersburg, FL; Thomas (Lynne) Carrington, ND; and Robert (Stacey), Fargo, ND, along with 25 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and numerous step grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William, her grandson Damian, her granddaughter Mara, and her sons-in-law Howard Harms and Ted Green.

Rosemary’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held on July 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington, ND. Her Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to CHI Health at Home Hospice Carrington, or to Carrington Public Library.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Rosemary was one of the most gracious women I have ever met. She was beautiful inside and out.

  2. She was such a beautiful lady who just loved everybody. For the world to be graced with her for 100 years was a blessing to many. My sympathies to the whole family!

  3. My dearest Aunt Rosemary. we miss you so much already! But we are comforted to know that you are in heaven…perfectly happy, perfectly well, perfectly at peace, and sharing perfect joy with all who went before you , including your husband Bill (my uncle), your sister Berneta (my mother) and so many others. We are grateful for so many wonderful memories. It was an honor, and a privilege, to be related to you.

  4. My sympathy to Mike Voglewede in the loss of his mother. What a wonderful and long life she had.

  5. Dear Voglewede family, we are so sorry for your loss. Rosemary was such a wonderful woman. Being neighbors we waved at each other in passing for the last 17 years. She always had a beautiful smile and it seemed that up to recently, we had blood donation appointments at the same time and visited frequently. I (Barb) attended school with Joe, Chuck and Bill and also Leann.
    There are no words that we can say to take your pain away. She was a wonderful lady and we know she will be missed by many. Being on earth for 100 years tells you that she “needed”to be around as long as she could be for all that needed her.

  6. From the time I visited the Voglewede household as a child, I loved Rosemary. She had a calmness about her that permeated the space of her very busy household. I would always try and see her when I visited home to catch up on our families’ doings. She was such a loving woman with a delightful sense of humor. My thoughts are with all of her loved ones.

  7. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman who was a good friend. She will be missed by many. So happy she was present in my life. Rest In Peace, Rosemary.
    Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. With Rosemary’s passing the world is a poorer place and heaven a richer one. My prayers and sympathy are with her family.

  9. Dear Aunt Rosemary, my mother , your sister Bernita, spoke so often of you and uncle Don. I am honored to have you as my aunt. Rest In Peace and love.
    Your niece Jane.

  10. Bill and Edye and families: So sadden to hear of your Mother’s passing. We pray that the many memories of your mother will lighten your burden and put a smile on your faces. She was a definite role model in you family… something to be cherished!
    Love Mark and Becky Lommen and families

  11. Dear Jane and Anne; I am so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. I remember her as a truly remarkable Mother and person. Our deepest condolences at your loss. I have very fond memories of you two ladies as my students at Carrington High School. May God Bless you in your time of sorrow.

    Tom Gabrielsen

    4006 24th Ave. So
    Grand Forks ND

  12. To all the Voglewede family, especially Jane and Anne: as I came across the Saturday notice in the Fargo Forum, I thought I was reading an exceptional biography. Your mom had such a fulfilling life. You will be gathering and sharing some wonderful memories together. Funerals are a time for sorrow but more importantly a time for celebration and thanksgiving. God’s peace to all of you.

  13. May the Lord our God bless & comfort all who grieve the passing of “Ma Vog.” Rosemary Voglewede was the epitome of graciousness, kindness, and love. “Ma Vog” was a gentle woman who set the excellent example of what humankind should be. She will be deeply missed but we can rest in the assurance that her generous spirit & sparkling smile are lighting up the streets of Heaven. May her graciousness, kindness, and love live on through all of us who loved her.

  14. My sincere condolences. Rosemary was a wonderful lady, Just recently, I came across a picture of her with my mom, Marie. Such wonderful memories. May the years of memories get you through this difficult time.

  15. Dear Voglewede Family,

    Deepest sympathies and condolences on the loss of dear Rosemary. What a great life lived and a stellar example of a loving servant leader. What a beautiful obituary to provide an overview of a great life story. I remember Aunt Rosemary and Uncle Bill as a young boy and remember seeing pictures and hearing stories of the family from my Grandfather and Grandmother Arthur & Bernardine and my Father, Charles. May her deep faith in the Lord and the promises of Christ give you peace and comfort as you deal with the loss of Rosemary. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed in the infinite mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

  16. Our sympathies to you and your family Mike and Ginger. Rosemary appeared to be a beautiful woman, inside and out. Her obituary was so interesting. She sounds like quite a remarkable woman who gave of her time and talents to the benefit of so many. God Bless you at this time of loss and celebration of a life well lived. Judy & Paul Korsmo

  17. Voglewede Family,
    Rosemary was such a kind & gracious lady who was loved & respected by all who knew her. May she Rest In Peace.

    Steve & Jane Metzger

  18. Rosemary was such a kind & thoughtful person. For years we were in our food coop together and enjoyed the organic food we would buy and split among members. We had many great conversations we enjoyed. Blessings during this time.

  19. I was so sorry to hear of your loss, Rosemary was such a kind wonderful woman with a very big heart. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

  20. Prayers to the Voglewede Family as they say goodbye to a very special lady.

  21. My thoughts and prayers for Chuck and his family. Your mother was one of kindest people that I ever knew.

  22. Dear Voglewede family,
    I am a friend of Mary T. i spent alot of time at the Voglewede home.
    Love meant alot to Rosemary. Life held challenges for her. Her life was inspiration to many.
    Many people encounted her and DR.Voglewede’s generous giving nature and kind heart and pure love.
    Rosemary was like a second mother to me. I could talk to her about anything and she always gave me good advise.
    Rosemary will be missed by many as she was a huge inspiratoin to many people.
    Rest in peace you wonderful lady.
    Until we meet again.
    With Love,
    Geri [Demarais] Chasse

  23. From all of the Winterer Family: Rev. Msgr. Michael, Mary Ann, Joseph, Teresa and Anthony, we extend our deepest condolences to the Vogelwede family. A special family of our fond memories while we lived in Carrington many years ago. May Rosemary rest in peace and her soul fly with angels!


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