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Rosemary Sawyer, 103 years old, of Hope, passed away peacefully in her sleep Monday morning, April 16, 2018. She will be sadly missed and happily remembered by her large family and friends. Rosemary was born on July 29, 1914 in Baraga County, MI in the Upper Peninsula to Frank and Delphine (Fouchia) Gauthier, the 6th of 8 children. On February 22, 1937 she married Willard Sawyer.
Rosemary enjoyed ceramics, baking cookies, reading, playing rumicube, camping, and helping with the church dinners. She was a kind and nurturing woman who spent her long life caring for others. There were no motherless children when Rosemary was around to love them. Her family always looked forward to their visits with her that often included her famous molasses cookies. She will be sorely missed.
Rosemary was a strong, loving mother to Patricia (Dick) Rice, Jacqueline Cargnino, Gerri (Jeff) Kohtz and Susanne (Tom) Tschirhart. She made her 10 grandchildren, Richard (Kristin) Rice, Jeffrey (Jeanette) Rice, Krysten (Bill) Hamel, Nicole Cargnino, Sharon (Mike) Fleming, Adam (Nichole) Kohtz, Mark (Janelle) Kohtz, Paul (Amanda) Kohtz, Stefanie (Paul) Tschirhart-Baldwin, Shane (Lexi) Tschirhart, each feel special and loved. Her 21 great grandchildren, Eden Kalaj-Rice, Anna and Colin Swanson (Rice), Clayton and Anthony Hamel (Rice), Lacey Darling (Cargnino), Jack, Chris and Katie Fleming, Kieran, Tyler, Charlotte and Oliver Kohtz, Hannah and Rilynn Kohtz, Kaycee and Brinlee Hitz (Kohtz), Amelia Kohtz, Jayden McPeake (Baldwin), Morgan and Olivia Baldwin, were all fortunate to have had the opportunity to know their great-grandma and to know she knew and loved them. She felt very blessed to have held her only great great-grandson, Henry, only minutes after his birth.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband, Willard “Slim” Sawyer, her son-in-law Dick Rice, and grandson-in-law Len Jones.
A Funeral Liturgy will take place at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Our Lady of Grace (St. Anne Church,5738 S. M-30, Beaverton) with Fr. Daniel J. Fox, OFM, Cap. Officiating. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Thursday from 10 am until the time of service.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to Our Lady of Grace (St. Anne’s Church), Heartland Hospice, or Donor’s favorite charity.