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Lisa and Phil McGuigan were among Veronica Bosse’s (center) well-wishers.
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Lisa and Phil McGuigan were among Veronica Bosse’s (center) well-wishers.

SHERWOOD — ­After 26 years serving St. Francis Church in Sherwood, parish secretary and informal historian Veronica Bosse retired in June. Bosse was a member of the parish and staff as the church went through many big changes: Evolving from “the little white church” to today’s site; construction of a parish center; and the opening of St. Francis School.

“She was very knowledgeable about the parishioners and their family history in the church,” said Deacon Bill Bloudek. “She was the go-to person for information about church members.”

Bosse and her husband Jay raised their two daughters in the parish, and in retirement Bosse looks forward to spending more time with her family, including a grandson.
Bosse was devoted to one parish tradition in particular, a Remembrance Mass on All Souls Day, which she organized.

“She was not one to seek the limelight but rather worked diligently in the background,” Bloudek said.

Longtime parishioner Bud Weisner said he would stop by on Mondays for a visit.
“When the phone would ring, she would pick it up and say ‘Good morning, this is St. Francis. Can I help you?’” he said. “As soon as she heard the voice, she would know who it was. It was amazing.”

Weisner said Bosse was eternally in a happy mood.

“She must have loved what she was doing,” he said.

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