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Josephine (Romedahl) Said (1921 - 2008


Posted By: Gerhardt Leffler (email)
Date: 2/2/2008 at 23:26:22

Josephine (Romedahl) Said, age 86, former long-time Boone County native, died January 17, 2008, at the Novato Community Hospital in Novato, California. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Luther.
Josephine was born December 10, 1921, the daughter of Joe and Gladys (Cree) Romedahl. She graduated from Napier High School, Simpson College with a major in Sociology, and received her Masters in Library Science at the University of Iowa.
On August 30, 1953, Josephine married Alphonse Said, of Cairo, Egypt in Luther. After she and Alphonse married, they lived in California, Egypt and Nigeria. Following her husband's death in 1966, Josephine and her family moved back to Boone, where she worked as a librarian for the Iowa Department of Transportation in Ames. In 1983, Josephine accepted a library position in the "Sound of Music" castle in Salzburg, Austria, and lived there for eight years. After her retirement, Josephine moved back to Boone, and then to Appleton, Wisconsin. In 2004, she and her family all reunited in California.
Throughout her life, Josephine was very involved with the Methodist Church. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Boone where she was active on many committees and served as fundraising co-chair of the church's remodeling project. When she lived in Wisconsin, she worked with the local United Methodist Church to establish a youth-based satellite church. She enjoyed volunteering with the Community Clothes Closet, a non-profit organization that helped provide clothing to needy families. She also supported causes that helped needy women and families throughout the world.
Josephine is preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by two children, Patricia Cockerham and husband Keith, and Ramsey Said and wife Jane Uramoto, all of Novato, California. Josephine is also survived by a sister, Mildred Steele and husband Otto of Pella; a sister-in-law, Hayat Said of Cairo, Egypt; and several nieces and nephews.
Those wishing to express their sympathies through a memorial in Josephine's name may wish to consider the First United Methodist Church of Boone, the American Cancer Society or their own choice in lieu of flowers.
Published in the Boone News from 1/24/2008 - 2/24/2008.


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