Ellis, Rosemary Ann (Kosmatka) (1932-2008)

Rosemary Ellis, 75, died on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at MeritCare Northwest Campus in Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, MN with Monsignor Timothy McGee presiding. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Middle River, MN.

Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Rosemary Ann Kosmatka was born April 17, 1932 in Oslo, MN, the daughter of Joe and Rose (Osowski) Kosmatka. She was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic faith. She attended country school near Bigwoods, MN.

On July 20, 1953, Rosemary was united in marriage to Lester Robert Ellis at Oslo, MN. The couple made their home in Middle River, MN. To this union a son Jim and daughter Sandra were born. Rosemary was employed as a waitress, babysitter and helped her dad on the farm. She also was a bartender at the Municipal Liquor store, Middle River and as waitress at the Wheel also in Middle River. Following Lester’s death, Rosemary worked at Zipple Bay Resort for 14 years. She then moved to Middle River to care for an elderly lady and in 2005, she moved into Thief River Falls.

Rosemary was a member of the Catholic Church in Middle River and its Guild and a member of Middle River Senior Citizens. She liked to sew, plant flowers, fish, collect bottles, cook, bake, crafts, card and bingo. Rosemary spent many hours with her grandchildren and loved them very much.

She is survived by a son, James (Julie) Ellis, Sartell, MN; 4 grandchildren, Jamie, Jennifer (Jeff) Kate and Tracy; a brother, James (Linnae) Kosmatka, Grafton, ND; sisters, JoAnn (Richard) Stoltman, Minto, ND and Jeanette (Henry) Bukowski, Middle River, MN; son-in-law, Tomas Donarski, Georgia, special friend, Clayton Hegstrom, Strathcona, MN along with many nieces and nephews.

Rosemary was preceded in death by husband, daughter, parents, 2 sisters, Dorothy and Helen.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky