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Rosemary Stifter, 72

Rosemary Stifter, age 72, of Winsted, completed her journey to eternal life Sunday morning, Oct. 13, 2013, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

She was born July 14, 1941, in Winsted Township, near Lester Prairie, to Leonard and Mildred (Deidrick) Bisping.

Rosemary married Gerard Stifter Aug. 19, 1961, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Five children were born to this union, John (Donna), Michael (special friend Cindy Scherping), Thomas (special friend Gloria Hertel), Barbara (Robert) Tovsen, and Eugene (Sue).

In addition to her children, Rosemary is survived by her husband, Gerard; grandchildren Christopher, Brandon (special friend Rochelle Buerman), Ashley and Lexi Stifter; Adam Stifter; Kayla Stifter (special friend Josh Kern); and Andrew and Alyssa Tovsen; and one great-granddaughter, Finley Kern.

She is also survived by a sister, Sharon (Don) Humlicek; a brother, Jerry (Carol) Bisping; and aunts Marie Schmitt, Bea Bisping, and Ruth Deidrick.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her father and mother, Leonard and Mildred Bisping; and numerous uncles and aunts.

A faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Rosemary was active in church and community activities. At Holy Trinity, she was involved as a school board member, CCW secretary and volunteer, communion distributor, and as a Winstock and parish dinner auction volunteer. In the community, she served as election judge, Meals on Wheels delivery, St. Mary’s hospital auxiliary volunteer, manager of St. Mary’s Gift Shop, AARP driver safety class coordinator, and volunteer at the McLeod County Historical Society.

Rosemary had many interests, including gardening (especially flower shopping with Barb), card playing (especially bridge), visiting casinos, camping, fishing, travel, family history, cooking, entertaining family and friends, and attending sporting and school events of childrenand grandchildren.

As a business woman, she owned and operated Galaxy of Gifts with Georgine Enger for several years. For the last 10 years, she assisted Gerard in his CPA practice as office manager, receptionist, bookkeeper, and tax preparer.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Winsted. Gift bearers for the Mass were Rosemary’s granddaughters, Alyssa Tovsen and Lexi Stifter. Interment followed at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.

Grandchildren Kayla, Christopher, Brandon, Ashley and Adam Stifter, and Andrew Tovsen were Rosemary’s pallbearers.

Visitation was Friday, Oct. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m., and continued Saturday morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m., all at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.