Rosemary Melius Bruning passed away peacefully on Aug. 25, 2012, at the age of 89.
She was born on Nov. 10, 1922, to Dominik and Susanna (Geiger) Melius. She attended Pioneer and other country and city schools, and graduated from Billings Senior High in 1942. During WWII she worked at Mare Island shipyards as a riveter, helping build new and repair war torn ships. She often said, "If it hadn't been for the war, it was the most enjoyable time in my young life, especially dancing with the sailors to the big-name bands." Several years later she met and married Burton Bruning. Together they had one daughter, Barbara. Rosey worked in various businesses in and around Billings, eventually retiring from the Radisson Northern Hotel where she spent many memorable years. Rosemary was artistic, loved reading, loved history, the Bible and Bible history, music, movies, football and especially baseball. She traveled occasionally with her sisters but most extensively with her daughter. She loved the Civil War era and had an interest in the life of Abraham Lincoln. Throughout the years, with her daughter, she traveled everywhere from Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace to his final resting place in Springfield, Ill. Together they visited many Civil War battlefields, including Gettysburg. She also loved traveling anywhere they could take the camper and enjoy the outdoors.
She was a very active member of the Jehovah Witness Organization, participating in many functions and events. She became a friend to many within her church family. She will be missed deeply by her loving family and the many friends she made over the years. Rosemary never knew a stranger.
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Bruning Wachob, of Indianapolis, Ind.; two sisters, Elizabeth Melius and Eleanora Shaw, both of Billings; nephews, nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Memorial services will be held Friday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. The service will be held at the Kingdom Hall at 201 Wicks Lane, Billings, MT 59105. This service will be open to all of those that knew and loved Rosey.
"Mom, I love you with all of my heart. Thank you for your smile and the beautiful memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life. You were the best mother anyone could ever have. I will see you again someday."