Rosemary Theresa Whipf, age 76, passed away at Southwest Healthcare Services, Long Term Care Center on February 2, 2019. Funeral services for Rosemary will be at St. Charles Catholic Church 1 pm Friday, February 8, 2019 with Father Paul Eberle officiating. Rosemary had been hospitalized at Bismarck’s Sanford Medical Center since January 3, 2019 due to declining health issues. She was able to come home to Bowman January 31, 2019 and we believe to say goodbye to her family of friends.
Rosemary was born in Dickinson, ND November 8, 1942 to Hubert and Phyllis Whipf. She was their only child. After her mother died in 1986, Hubert met and married Eleanor Symionow and Rosemary gained four sisters and one brother. She chose her youngest sister, Jodene, to be her Durable Power of Attorney to help her with medical decisions. As a child Rosemary had a love for all kinds of animals including her pet raccoon she named Susie Marie. As a young adult Rosemary lived in Dickinson with her cousin Fred and wife Shirley Gengler for a time, two foster homes, and finally at a group home through ABLE. It was Bowman’s good fortune when Rosemary made the decision to move to our community September 2, 1997. She lived in the foster homes of Darlene Nelson and Pastor Val and Teresa Rush before moving to ABLE’s group home August 1, 2005. Then on July 1, 2014 Rosemary moved to an apartment at The Landing bringing her support staff with her.
Rosemary loved her community, enjoying women’s bowling league, ceramic classes, and belonging to organizations such as the Lions Club, Little Missouri Arc, and Advocators. She volunteered in Relay for Life and the Alzheimer Memory Walks as well as offering her assistance to any friend or animal in need. She stood up for the underdog and as an avid Vikings fan, she did not take defeat easily. Rosemary’s gift of gab along with her colorful language and personality made her the perfect Store Manager at ABLE’s REPEAT OUTLET. Her work experiences at Herberger’s, Lasting Visions, True Value, and the many craft shows she worked in Dickinson, Minot, and Bowman only added to her people skills.
Rosemary was a collector of China dolls, John Wayne memorabilia, stuffed animals, Thor, Alan Jackson CDS, ceramics, and Avon jewelry. She often shared the story of meeting Elvis Presley in Las Vegas and not washing her hand for a week after he kissed it. And then added with a chuckle that her dad was none too happy about this decision.
Rosemary is survived by her siblings Debbie (Jerry) Haich, Sandra (Kevin) Booke, Tammy (Terry) Zastoupil, Jodene (Wade) Kadrmas, and Terry (Susan) Symionow as well as many cousins, dear friends, and ABLE’s family of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Hubert and Phyllis, Stepmother Eleanor, and special cousin Fred Gengler.
You’re invited to join us for fellowship following the service.