Rosemary Genevieve (Valentine) Kunz was born on January 16, 1933, IN Buffalo, New York. She had passed away at age 88 on February 22, 2021. Her parents, Ernst F. Valentine and Eleanora Abel Valentine, the youngest of 3 daughters Dolores and Erna. Rosemary was the last living member of her family. Her father was a WWI Veteran and missing in action for 6 months when her mother was home giving birth to Mom's older sister Dolores. Dolores had a son, Jack, who was more like a little brother to Rosemary, Erna and Rose were close over the years, but especially after they were both married with children and Christmas at Aunt Erna's and Thanksgiving at Aunt Rose. Robert and Rosemary had dated, broke up for 6 months, ran into each other at a restaurant, realized their mistake and a few months later married on June 20, 1953. Mom and Dad adopted their baby daughter Ellen in 1960. In 1963, they adopted son Bobby in 1967 adopted their youngest, Anne Marie. Rosemary created a home, raised a family with a special-needs son, was a loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. She enjoyed life, was never the first to leave a party, and always saw the humor in people and life. She loved a good party with plenty of food, wine, friends, and laughter. Rosemary was always involved with her Family, Friends, Church, and Community. Book Club in Dunnellon, Dunnellon Women's Club, and a lot of volunteering. Rosemary and Robert were devoted to each other, married 67 years they raised their family in Elma, New York, idyllic life when everyone knew their neighbors and kids played outside with one another. Rosemary and Robert moved to Westerville, Ohio in 1977- back to New York in 1982 and Orlando, Florida in 1983. Rosemary and Robert spent the first half of their retirement years in Bradenton, Florida, before making a final home in Dunnellon. She has been raised Catholic her whole life, converted to Methodists in their 80's because of the community of people, choir, and Pastor Eddie. Rosemary had 5 grandchildren, Ellen's daughter Katie and sons Holland and Troy and Anne Marie’s son Trey and daughter Emily. Rosemary loved to plan, and Robert loved to go- Rosemary would plan the trips while Robert got them there. They visited daughter Ellen and grandchildren in Washington state. Daughter Anne Maire, husband Art, Trey, and Emily spent every Christmas and Thanksgiving together. Trey and Emily would play board games with their grandparents, mainly Scrabble and Uno. She loved summer vacations in Buffalo, N.Y with her favorite niece and nephew, Mary Jo and Drew. Rosemary and Robert traveled to places such as Hawaii, Europe, St. Thomas, Canada, and occasional cruises. Their favorite vacations were summers in Buffalo during their later years, but Weslemkoon, Canada with her three kids, Ellen, Bobby, and Anne Marie, were the most cherished of them all.
Mom, we miss you. I am so grateful you adopted me- thank you for making a home for Ellen, Bobby, and me. Art, Trey, and Emily will miss you deeply and, you will live on through my sense of humor that you have gifted me. A special thank you to everyone who reached out to my mom since my father's death in June. Brother-in-Law, Donny, Sister-in-Law Terry, niece Mary Jo, and nephew Drew, good friend Carolyn- thank you all for your visits and phone calls. I know they meant everything to her in her final months. I believe that the Heaven that exists for my mom, the first words she heard after arriving in Heaven was my dad saying, "We've been waiting on you Rose, what took you so long?" My mom would have replied with, "the party can start now- I'm here." Mom, I will miss you more than ever. I hope to see you down the road. Thank you, God, for taking her pain away and leaving wonderful happy memories to all who knew her.