The former Rosemary Lamerand was born April 11, 1925, in Saxon, daughter of the late Edward and Anna (Fafford) Lamerand, and graduated from Saxon High School in 1942. Following graduation, she was employed in factory work in Milwaukee for several years.
She was united in marriage to Rodman E. Anderson on April 15, 1944, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Saxon. Together, they raised their children on the family dairy farm and worked it together until Rodman's death on July 19, 1976. Rosemary continued her chores on the farm until her retirement in 2000.
She was a lifetime member of St. Ann's Church and the Auxiliary to Mercier-Kero American Legion Post 371. She loved going to the casino and enjoyed playing smear in local tavern smear leagues. She also volunteered at Senior Center meals for years and was an avid Brewer, Badger and Packer fan. An excellent cook and baker, her apple pies were legendary. Coffee klatch, complete with goodies, was always at 4 o'clock in the afternoon at the Anderson farm.
Rosemary will be dearly missed by all.
Surviving are three daughters, Kaye Innes, Saxon, Linda (Bob) Hornick, Conroe, Texas, and Brenda (John) Ferkovich, Roberts; two sons, Douglas (Susan) and Stuart (Wanda), both of Saxon; 14 grandchildren, Steven (Lisa) Innes, Monica (Dean) Kolpin, Bart (Amy) Innes, Mark (Katy) Hornick, Michele (Noel) Pekel, Kayla (Andrew) Sutton, Michael Anderson, Jarrod Pufall, Joshua (Stephanie) Ferkovich, Ashley (Jake) Meyers, Cali (JJ) Aspinwall, Carli Anderson (Ty Patritto), Mercedes Anderson and Dylan Anderson; 16 great-grandchildren, Garett Innes (April Dreher), Grant Innes, Jordan and Austin Kolpin, Isaac and Ava Innes, Madison and Maegann Hornick, Nicholas and Isabella Pekel, Avery and Taylor Sutton, Daryus Pufall, Lincoln and Beckett Meyers, and Jack Ferkovich; daughters-in-law, Tricia (Brian) Nevala, Waupaca, and Suzette Pertile, Kimball; a sister-in-law, Florence Anderson, Milwaukee; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, Rosemary was predeceased by a son, Bruce, in 1996; grandsons, Bronson Anderson and Montgomery Innes; son-in-law, John Innes, in 2010; and sister, Betty Jane Lamerand.
Out of respect for her wishes, cremation has taken place.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at St. Ann's Church in Saxon, with the Rev. Frank Kordek OFM, celebrant.
Luncheon will follow at the Saxon Community Center.
Rite of Committal and interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Saxon, in the spring.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood. Condolences may be expressed online at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.