Rosa “Rose” Catherine Bozzer, longtime Gaylord resident and business owner, passed away at the age of 77 on Friday, March 20, 2020, while vacationing in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Rose was born on April 12, 1942, in Detroit, Michigan, to Anthony and Joan Bonomo.

In addition to being a dedicated wife and mother of four children, she was a successful businesswoman with a love for fashion. After selflessly helping her husband build his company, Rose ventured on her own and opened Rose’s Bridal Boutique for approximately ten years. A pillar in the business community, she also dedicated her time volunteering for the United Way in the local area. However, she was the happiest when surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a member of St. Mary Cathedral Parish.

Rose is survived by her children, Rita (Tim) Johnson, Elizabeth (Tom) Richmond, Nancy (Jim) Thompson, and Nelson Bozzer, Jr.; grandchildren, Lisa (Matt) Daly, Christina (Buddy) Pardo, Dillon (Samantha) Thompson, Carley Bozzer, Zachary Johnson, and Enzo Richmond; great-grandchildren, Lukas and Allison Daly, and Gwendolyn and Katelyn Pardo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Nelson Bozzer, Sr.; and her sister Catherina “Katie” Consolo.

Due to current world events, there will be a private Mass for the family, officiated by Father Matthew Wigton. In May, there will be a Memorial Service held in her honor with details forthcoming on Nelson Funeral Home’s webpage.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Karmanos Cancer Center. Please follow the link below to donate:  Friends may offer condolences online at