July 30, 1927 - December 12, 2012
Resident of San Jose
What more could one ask for? With her family by her side, Rosemary joined the love of her life, Bill Thomas, who passed away on Aug. 5, 2005. She will forever be missed by her children Mike (patty), Peter (Mimi), Vicki (Theo), Christine (Bill), Paul (Pam), Grandchildren, Paige, Leah, Dexter, Vanessa, Spencer, Grant, Maya, Trevor, Tyler. Her sister Ruth Wilhelm Brother-in-law Griff (Pat). Born Rosemary McLaughlin in Buffalo, NY. Thereafter, moved with her family to southern California. After graduating from Corvallis High School, Rose went to work for the local news paper as a feature journalist, until meeting the love of her life, Bill Thomas, on his return from the war. Rosemary dedicated her life to her Bill's dream of creating a family. They moved to the San Fernando Valley where they raised 5 children started BTA Inc, which continues to innovate in specialised packaging/containers today. After the kids moved away, Bill Rose moved to Palm Springs to enjoy their love of golf, tennis and most importantly each other. In 2003 Bill Rose moved to the Silver Creek Country Club in San Jose continuing a wonderful love story mostly found in books, which lasted over 65 years. Rose loved her friends new old, was an amazing wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. She was full of grace, style and a beautiful soul. She will be missed, yet live on...in all of us.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Hospice of the Valley, 5820 Union Ave. San Jose, CA 95124.
A memorial service will be held on Jan. 12, (Sat) 12 noon. at Saint Francis of Assisi, 5111 San Felipe Rd. San Jose, CA.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on January 6, 2013