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Joan Bosch

Jan 16, 2021

June 9, 1931 – Jan. 9, 2021

Joan Bosch, the

daughter of Marion (Bohl)

and Mathais Garman was

born on June 9, 1931 in

Pierce County, North

Dakota. Joan passed away

at the age of 89 years on

January 9, 2021 at the

Heart of America Care

Center in Rugby, North


Joan was the fourth of

fourteen children and

grew up in the Balta area.

She graduated from Balta

High School in 1949 and

attended Minot State

Teacher’s College receiv-

ing a teaching certificate.

She taught for two years

at the German #1 Country

School in Fulda and

grades three through five

in Orrin in 1951.

Joan Barbara Garman

was united in marriage to

Joseph Michael Heilman

on July 15, 1952. They

purchased a farm south of

Knox, worked side by side

farming, and raised seven

children. In 1965 she lost

her husband Joseph in a

car accident. Two years

later she was united in

marriage to Robert John

Bosch and added three

children to the family. In

2008 they retired and

moved to Rugby. She lost

her second husband,

Robert, also in a car ac-

cident in 2009. One of

Joan’s few regrets was not

being able to attend the

funerals of either of her

husbands, as she was seri-

ously injured in both the

accidents and hospital-

ized. In spite of the hard-

ship and loss she experi-

enced, her strong Catholic

faith never wavered.

A devoted wife and

mother, Joan worked be-

side her husbands and

raised ten children. She

was equally adept at haul-

ing grain, milking cows or

stacking hay. She spent

countless hours cooking,

cleaning, sewing and

mending, gardening and

canning, and butchering

those awful smelly chick-

ens. She butchered hun-

dreds and seldom con-

sumed any. Joan had

many talents she lovingly

used to provide for her

family. She made the best

buns, could sew up

several dresses in a week

and still found time to

crochet. Joan shared her

deep faith by teaching

CCD at St. Mary’s for

three decades. In her later

years she enjoyed reading,

crossword puzzles, Su-

doku, blanket making for

her children and

grandchildren and watch-

ing Hallmark movies. Joan

had an amazing memory.

She knew the birthdates

of all her grandchildren,


nieces and nephews. Joan

loved to sing and tend her

flower gardens.

After raising ten chil-

dren she worked at Heart

of America Medical

Center Long Term Care

unit as a bedmaker. She

was known for doing

more than making beds,

often helping residents

with grooming and went

so far as to purchase per-

sonal care items for

residents. She also volun-

teered in the Long-Term

Care Unit. Joan was an ac-

tive member of St. Mary’s

Catholic Church, Knox

and Little Flower Catholic

Church, Rugby. She was a

member of the Christian

Mothers and Catholic

Daughters of America.

Joan is survived by her

children, Valerie (Jerry)

Heggeness, Fargo; Char-

lotte (Randy) Simon,

Oberon; Linda (Keith)

Duchscher, Bismarck;

JoClaire (Jeffery) Halvor-

son, Rugby; Michael (Ro-

chelle) Heilman,

Bismarck; Rodney

(Colette) Heilman, James-

town; Lori (Dean) Peder-

sen, West Fargo; Simon

(Wendy) Bosch, Minot;

Frances (Marty) Harmel,

International Falls, MN;

Jay (Kristi) Bosch, Knox;

27 grandchildren and 32

great grandchildren. She

survived by five sisters,

Rose Schmidt, Sister Ga-

briella Garman, Margaret

Garman, Barbara Garman,

Betty Buttle and one

brother, Albert Garman.

She was preceded in

death by husbands Joseph

Heilman and Robert

Bosch; brothers Andrew,

Victor, Daniel and Jerry

Garman; three infant si-

blings Max, Barbara and

Anna; and her parents.

Memorials may be

made in her honor to St.

Mary’s Cemetery Fund.

The family would like

to thank all the dedicated

staff at the Haaland Home

and the Heart of American

Medical Center for the

care and love they gave

our mother.

Mass of Christian buri-

al was held at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, January 15 at St.

Mary’s Catholic Church in

Knox with burial in the

church cemetery. Father

Franklin Miller, Cele-


Organist: Glenda Mack

Vocal leader/Cantor:

Granddaughter, Heidi


Casket Bearers: Grand-

sons, Kevin Heggeness,

Lee & Mark Simon,

Shawn Heilman, Tyler &

Josh Halvorson, Reed

Duchscher, Justin & Paul

Dalen, Cade & Drew Har-

mel, Jared Heilman, An-

thony Bosch, Collyn

Bosch & Nick Pedersen

Honorary Bearers: Si-

blings, Rose, Albert, Sister

Gabriella, Margaret, Bar-

bara & Betty and St.

Mary’s Christian Mothers

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:



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