Ruth Bose, 94, of Rochester

Ruth Bose, 94, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at her home in the early morning hours on August 31, 2023. 


On June 26, 1929, Edith Ruth Culp was born to Arvie Earl and Mable Katheryn Frey Culp.  She attended school at Michigantown, Bell Center, Union Buffalo and graduated from Monticello High School in 1947.


On June 26, 1949, at the Sitka Baptist Church, Monticello,  Ruth was married to Elmo Junior Bose by the Reverend V.R. Graham.  From their union came four wonderful children.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three more generations.  Sadly, Junior preceded her in death on March 25, 2022, after 72 wonderful loving years of marriage.  During these years they served as pillars to our community as stewards and spiritual leaders.


Over the years, Ruth had been employed at Bryan's Manufacturing, Monticello and at Chamberlains, Akron for several years.  She was a member of the Rochester Pleasant Valley Club; the First Baptist Church, where she served on the Diaconate Board; The Ruth Missionary Club and the Women's Guild of the Bethlehem Baptist Church.  She had volunteered at the Woodlawn Hospital for over 30 years, where she served as Chairwoman of the Woodlawn Hospital Auxiliary and assisted in the operation of the Woodlawn Gift Shop.  She also had been very active in the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce for many years.


Ruth served her Lord and her family with a glorious love and devotion all while keeping her amazing, unique sense of humor. She and Junior enjoyed vacationing.  They were particularly fond of the explorations to the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico.


Left to cherish Ruth's memory are 4 children: Richard (Joyce) Bose, Mentone, Dan (Barbara) Bose, Sharlene Haney and Sheila Wildermuth all of Rochester. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren: April Irons (Rick), Matthew Bose (Chantelle), Orville Haney,  Jeremiah Haney (Rachel), Barney Haney (Molly), Amy Reeser (Geoff) and Evan Wildermuth (Angie), and 21 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.


Preceding Ruth in death are her husband, a daughter, Susan in infancy, her parents, two sisters, and 2 brothers-in-laws.


A celebration of the life of Ruth Bose will be Thursday, September 7, at 1:00 PM, in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th Street, Rochester, Indiana. 

Her family will greet friends from 11:00 AM until the hour of the service. Interment will follow in the I.O.O.F Cemetery, Rochester. 

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at