Rebecca Allen Bour Rogalla, 59, of Charlevoix, formerly of Owosso, died peacefully Friday, July 22, 2011, at Hiland Cottage, Hospice of Little Traverse Bay, Petoskey.
Rebecca was born in Owosso on May 19, 1952. She graduated from Owosso High School in 1970. She then attended and graduated from Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids, receiving several awards and honors for her creative talents.
In 1990 she married Edward Rogalla, moved into the Garfield Street home and continued to live in Charlevoix while they owned and managed the Osceloa Inn in Reed City.
Rebecca was known for her unique artistic talents in all aspects of her life.
Rebecca had a wonderful ability to take the ordinary and make it into a unique artistic experience. Her love of nature-inspired art showed in her home decorations, her yard, flower gardens, her gifts, notes and cards. Her style of dress and jewelry always showcased her playful, happy creative spirit.
Rebecca loved the sun and water. She loved walking the beaches of Lake Michigan, Lake Charlevoix and Gulf Shores, Ala. She could always be found picking up Petoskey stones, sea glass or some unique beach treasure. She spent her most enjoyable times sailing and boating and spending long hot lazy days on the water with her family and friends. As a friend, she always took time to listen and to share. She valued her friends and their friendships greatly.
Rebecca met her significant other, Ron Brower of East Jordan, and he remained her dearest friend and companion throughout the remainder of her life. With Ron, she enjoyed all of the special loves of her life.
Rebecca is survived by Ron; her father, Lester A. Bour; sister, Deborah Crawford, both of Charlevoix; nieces, Erin (Gary "Joe") Miller of Owosso, and Regan (Brandon) Brown of Spring Lake, and their children, Grace and Maddie, and Max and Jack; uncle, Robert (Paula Alexander) Allen of Owosso; aunt, Cathy Bour of Spring Lake; cousins, George J. "Duff" Bour III of Gaylord, Thomas A. (Ann Marie) Bour of La Porte, Ind., Dr. James (Norma) Bour of Kalamazoo, Gretchen (Srinivas) Garimella of West Bloomfield, Roger (Tina) Bour of Grand Haven, Andrea (John) Plant of Columbus, Ohio, Matthew (Stephanie) Bour of Lansing, Leisa (Ray) Tobey of Phoenix, Ariz., Tracy Mahaney of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Robert (Lisa) Allen of Soma, Calif.
Rebecca was predeceased by her mother, Theresa "Tess" (Allen) Bour; her grandparents, Harold and Viola Allen, and George J. and Hilda Bour; uncles, Dr. James Bour, and George J. Bour II.
A private memorial service for immediate family is planned.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Those wanting to share a memory of Rebecca, or condolences, may do so at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com.