Obituary for Dr. Roberta Bux Bosse
Dr. Roberta Bux Bosse, 79, of St. Louis, passed away peacefully at her home, with her loved ones by her side, on the morning of January 22, 2018.
She was born in Saint Louis, Missouri to Arthur and Wilma (Keeth) Bux on December 22, 1938.
Bobbie grew up in Kirkwood, where she attended Saint Peter’s Elementary and Eugene Coyle High School. She was raised in the same home with both her parents and her Grandma and Grandpa Bux. She happily spent most of her summers with her Grandma and Grandpa Keeth, where she learned to care for animals and especially loved grooming and riding horses. Being such a charming little girl with no siblings, she was very much adored. She expressed a special fondness for her Grandpa Bux throughout her life.
She married William R. Bosse on January 28, 1957 at Saint Peter’s Church in Kirkwood. They enjoyed a successful and beautifully supportive marriage. She and her husband loved their three Mastiffs that they raised from pups over the years. In 2014, she was widowed after nearly 58 years of marriage. Roberta worked in the Geology Department at the Rolla School of Mines and Metallurgy as a secretary, helping to support her husband’s education. He then fully supported her in pursuing her true calling, which was teaching. She received a Masters of English at SLU and a PHD in English, majoring in Middle and Old English, and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
She was a Full Professor at SIUE in the English Department, teaching Middle and Old English and Sci-Fi Fantasy and published several academic articles. She spoke four languages, including Latin. She was a member and President for a year of Phi Kappa Phi. She was loved by her students, many of whom have written letters over the years to express remembrance and appreciation for her influence in their lives and writing careers.
She retired from teaching after suffering a stroke. Later, her adoring husband retired as the Water Commissioner of the city of Saint Louis, to devote himself fully to her care. After the stroke, she continued her tradition of reading for one to two hours each night, after retiring for the evening.
Dr. Bosse was a genuine renaissance woman, and her home was a showplace of her old-world interests and talents. She also played her grand piano and sang beautifully. She fondly remembered singing in the choir at the dedication ceremony of the Basilica Cathedral. She especially loved Gregorian Chanting, which she was comforted by as she transitioned.
There will be a wake at Bopp Chapel in Kirkwood on Friday, Jan. 26, from 5-8, A Requiem Latin Mass will be given on Jan. 27, at 2pm. (Please arrive at 1:45) at the Saint Francis DeSales Cathedral, 2653 Ohio Ave., 63118. Friends and family may donate, in lieu of flowers, to The Angelina Foundation, PO Box, 138, Alto Pass, IL, 62905. This organization rescues and helps animals in rural areas. Their website can be found at http://www.theangelinafoundation.org.