Rosemarie Caroline (Buhmann) Bowring
Rosemarie Caroline (Buhmann) Bowring, 85, died peacefully in her home on April 4, 2023. Rosemarie who was known as “Rory” to friends and family passed away due to congestive heart failure.
Rory was loved by all who knew her, and the feeling was always mutual. She will be remembered as a kind, compassionate and caring person who always had a milk bone in her pocket for any passing dog. Her amazing culinary skills, warm hugs, “Oma cake” and unconditional love for her family and friends will be forever missed.
Rory was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 6, 1938 to Eugene and Walburga (Wally) Buhmann. She graduated from West Allis Central High School in 1955 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She met her soul mate, Russell (Russ) Bowring, in 1959 in New Orleans, Louisiana where she was based as a Stewardess for Capitol Airlines, and he was a US Marine Corp fighter pilot with VMF 232. In 1960 they were married in Huntsville, Alabama and enjoyed 63 glorious years of wedded bliss. They built their life in Reno, Nevada and raised two wonderful children, a son and a daughter. Once their children were grown, they built their dream home in Graeagle, California and enjoyed endless days of golf, gatherings and cousin camps with their six grandchildren.
While Rory’s career began as a Stewardess, she also had a thriving career in the medical field. She worked for over a decade in the medical practice of Dr. Adolph Rosenauer, an esteemed Nevada Neurosurgeon and served as the Administrator of Sierra Nevada Cardiology Associates for many years. In retirement, she enjoyed working in the pro shop and filling in as the “beer cart girl” at the Plumas Pines Golf Course in Graeagle, CA.
In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Rory was involved in several organizations with which she volunteered her time generously. She was an active member in the Reno chapter of “Folded Wings” (retired Stewardesses) and in 1967 she was crowned Mrs. Nevada. In addition to the talent and poise required of the state’s official “Miss” title, many more attributes are required for a successful “Mrs.” title holder, such as interior decorator, party planner, child psychologist, gourmet cook, and public speaker. In this role, she traveled extensively through the state and other parts of the country representing the ideal wife and mother.
Russ and Rory were active members of the Graeagle community for over 25 years. Only 13 days after entering the gates of heaven, her devoted husband passed away. They had a “big love” that couldn’t keep them separated for long.
Rory is preceded in death by her parents Eugene and Wally Buhmann and her brother, Eugene Buhmann (Renee). She is survived by her children Erik Bowring (Lisa) and Brenda Barry (John) as well as six amazing grandchildren of whom she was infinitely proud: Aaron Bowring, Ryan Gray, Tanner Bowring, Megan Gray, Amelia Bowring and Caroline (Carly) Gray, as well as her brother Richard (Dick) Buhmann.
A memorial service will be held in celebration of both her life and her devoted husband, Russ Bowring on May 20, 2023 at the Graeagle Community Church (150 Johnsville Rd., Graeagle, CA 96103). A celebration will immediately follow at Longboards at the Plumas Pines Golf Resort.