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L. Bossen webphotoLila Bossen, of Onamia, formerly of Isle, passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Onamia Long Term Care.  She was 93 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Isle Baptist Church.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 pm

INURNMENT will be held at a later date at theMinnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley in Little Falls, Minnesota.

Lila Marion Bossen of Onamia, MN, passed away on January 10, 2015 at Mille Lacs Long Term Care Facility after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 93 years old.

Lila was born on November 9, 1921, youngest child of George Roberts and Vera Louise (Mandell) Roberts in Palisade MN. She graduated from Aitkin High School in 1939 and attended Duluth Teachers College, attaining her Teaching certificate. She taught school at several one-room schoolhouses in communities like Giese and Swatara. Later she moved to the larger school system of Ogilvie where she enjoyed teaching the primary grades.  In 1947, after attending a social event at a local Grange Hall, a dashing chicken farmer, Ed Bossen asked if he could escort her home.  After a three year courtship they were married on June 16th, 1950 in Ogilvie MN.  She retired from teaching and began life as a full time farm wife. She was the proud and supportive mother of two sons and a daughter, who were raised on the farm. For 20 years, she and Ed were 50% of Bossen Brothers Hatchery. After selling the farm she began a second retirement, enjoying traveling, visiting friends and wintering in California. Her second retirement was seasonal, she was never idle. She was employed as a cook at nursing homes in Mora, was active on the County Library Board, owned and operated the Isle Bakery Coffee Shop, was active in Ogilvie United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities within the church. She was also active in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Isle VFW, and loved dancing with the Rum River Squares dance club. She was an expert baker and candy maker, and took great enjoyment in sharing the things she made.

After more than 30 years wintering in her beloved Desert Hot Springs California, she moved home to Isle full time and later to Onamia as health concerns dictated.  She was faithfully attended to by Ed, her husband of 64 years, who saw to her daily needs until she was transitioned into LakeSong Assisted Living, then later to Mille Lacs Health system where she resided in the Memory Care Unit until her death.

Her loves were reading, cooking and baking for her family and friends, traveling, and keeping up with the busy lives of her children, grandchildren and many friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law Ada and Leslie Swedeen, and brothers-in-law, Melvin Millam and Marvin Bossen.

Lila is survived by her husband, Edwin Bossen, her three children, Larry Bossen of Pine City, Dale and wife Carolyn (Mumert) Bossen of Maple Grove, daughter Karen and husband Roger Tramm of Isle, six grandchildren, Rob Bossen (DeeDee), Corey Tramm (Sara), Jay Bossen (Kellie), Seth Tramm,(Sara), Deidre (Sean) Wade and Tyler Tramm (Kayla Seim), and her 10 great grandchildren, Brynn and Josie Bossen, Elijah and Asher Tramm, Tessa, Isaiah and Micah Tramm, James and Jase Bossen and Isabella Tramm; sister Dorothy Millam; sister-in-law Verna Bossen and her many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Lila will be missed by her family and many other lives she touched.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Isle Baptist Church with Pastor Nick Skogen officiating. Memorial visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.  Inurnment will be at a later date in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley in Little Falls. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.


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  1. I knew Ed and Lila Bossen as a young girl growing up near The Bossen Borthers Hatchery. They we wonderful neighbors and friends of my parents, Marion and Ruby DeWitt. I was living in Isle when they owned/operated that wonderful bakery. Both Ed and Lila were hardworking individuals and always embraced and loved by all who came in contact with them. Although I no longer live in the area, I will always remember Lila’s sweet smile and caring heart and Ed’s gentle ways and humor. They are unforgettable people! May the family be comforted with their loving memories of Lila. God Bless you Ed.

    I was blessed knowing them both, Dotti DeWitt, LeSueur, MN

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