Laura May Bosch

Laura May Bosch

The sunset of Laura May (Doyle) Bosch’s life on earth took place on November 26, 2021, at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls surrounded by three generations of family members.

Celebration of Life service will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 6, at the Reformed Church of Steen. Internment will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Eastside Cemetery near Steen.  Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 5, with the family present at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills, Minnesota.

Laura May was lovingly welcomed into heaven by her Savior and greeted by her husband Dries, son Jeffrey, great-granddaughter Sarah and all the members of the Doyle and Bosch family along with many friends that preceded her.

The sunrise of Laura May’s life began on April 26, 1927, to Edward and Caroline (Gibboney) Doyle in rural Luverne. The fifth of six children, she attended grade school in the country and graduated from Luverne High School in 1946.

Soon after, she met the love of her life, Dries, and they were married on January 9, 1948, at the First Baptist Church in Luverne. Initially, they lived in Sioux Falls, and in 1949 they moved to Steen in a house built for them where they raised their five sons. After 55 years in Steen they moved to their comfortable apartment at Bethany Meadows in Brandon, South Dakota. Dries passed away at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne on November 6, 2005.

Laura May had a strong faith in God which she openly shared with others. She was an active member of the Reformed Church of Steen for over 70 years during which time she taught Sunday school for many years, took leadership roles in women’s ministry and participated in numerous church activities.

After relocating to Bethany Meadows, she was a regular member of the faith community there. Laura May was known to attend most Bethany Meadow church services, regardless of denomination. On Sunday morning she always tuned in to the broadcast of the Reformed Church of Steen.

Laura May had many favorite activities. On a daily basis, she conducted personal Bible study and devotions oftentimes making written notes in the margins. She had a very large beautiful garden in Steen where her sons were always more than willing to do the weeding. Her love of gardening continued at Bethany Meadows where her patio was filled with potted geraniums, and the three flower beds surrounding her apartment were always planted with marigolds every summer.

Being the mother of five boys spanning 17 years, Laura May and Dries attended thousands of sporting events both at home and away. Dries always kept score and Laura May always packed lunch and treats for the bus ride home after the game.

Talk about voracious readers, there was a well-worn track in the carpet from her apartment to the library at Bethany where she read the paper daily. Laura May frequently was on the waiting list to obtain books from the Brandon Library and had the rare ability to read more than one book at a time.

Laura May’s legacy will live on for generations through her five sons, Steve of Minneapolis (Janet Kay), Gregg (Anita) of Cedar Rapids, Paul (Diane) of Brandon, and Tom (Amy) of Sioux Falls; daughter-in-law Kelly of Walbridge, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and special friend LeRoy Rust of Luverne; sisters-in-law Darlene Bosch of Brandon and Gert Hup of Hills.

Memorials can be directed to Center of Hope, Sioux Falls in honor of Laura May.

Arrangements were provided by Jurrens Funeral Home,

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