Rosemary B. O’Neil, age 92, of Rochester, passed away peacefully Monday, April 6, 2020, at Rochester East Health Services. Though she struggled with her health the last year, she was thrilled to reach her goal of meeting her first great-grandchild, Alexandra Rose Hanson, who was born in February. She was ready to reunite with, Art, her husband of 54 years.
A celebration of her life will take place at a future date. Macken Funeral Home in Rochester is assisting the family with arrangements.
Rosemary was born March 28, 1928, in Owatonna, where she grew up, and graduated from Owatonna High School in 1946.
She continued her education at Winona Teachers College, and taught elementary school at Adams, Blooming Prairie, Albert Lea, Plainview, and Winnebago all in Minnesota.
Rosemary married Arthur O’Neil of Rochester, July 17, 1954, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Owatonna. They were married 54 years before Arthur died Aug. 3, 2007.
Rosemary’s greatest joy was her family. She was the best stay-at-home mom you could find.
Rosemary and Art moved to Rochester when he retired, and Rosemary helped raise her grandchildren.
She has seen too many basketball games to count beginning with her own children and then those of her grandchildren. She loved going to soccer games even in the cold and rain. Rosemary went to lacrosse matches even though she didn’t understand any of it! She went to dance recitals, band concerts, plays and anything any one of her kids or grandkids would do. Everyone knew Grandma Rose she will be dearly missed.
Rosemary is survived by her children: Michele Hanson (Gregg), Dan (Teresa), Barry (Mary), and Angela (Bob Sheeler). She has 12 grandchildren she loved dearly: Jay, Tess, Kate, Brady, Darby, Logan, Landon, Larisa, Nicole, Parker, Keaton, and Maria. And she had one great-grandchild, Alexandra Rose Hanson.
In addition to her husband, Arthur, Rosemary was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Pichner; as well as numerous aunts and uncles.