Rosemary Lancaster O'Daniel
Rosemary Lancaster O'Daniel, 74, was called to heaven on Friday August 22, 2014, after a long illness.
She entered the world in Evansville, Indiana on February 18, 1940 to the delight of proud parents Miles Nicholas Lancaster and Mary Ruth Settles Lancaster. She was the second of five children. Her siblings were Miles Patrick Lancaster, Michael Lancaster, Pamela Ruth Lancaster and Stephen Lancaster.
Rosemary's love of life and caring was demonstrated by her love and devotion to her Down's syndrome sister, Pam. In September, 1954, at the age of 14, she met her future husband, D. Patrick O'Daniel, then 16, on a Reitz Memorial train trip to Indianapolis where Memorial would play Cathedral High School in football. After attending Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois, she married Darwin Patrick O'Daniel on September 5,1959, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church. Rosemary was employed at Lancaster Insurance Agency and later at D-Patrick Automobile Dealerships as an event planner and television spokesperson.
Rosemary's energy and enthusiasm earned her the love and respect of many friends. The following are some of her many activities. She served and was very active on the boards of Jaycee Wives, St Mary's Hospital, Harper School PTA, Junior League of Evansville, Operation City Beautiful and Evansville Museum, where she was also an energetic docent. She was president of the Harper School PTA and of the Evansville Museum when the museum built the Old National Art Gallery addition. She was an active member of the Evansville Philharmonic Organization when they had concerts at the Coliseum. She held fundraisers for many nonprofit organizations including the Reitz Home Museum, St. Anthony's Catholic Church and for the University of Evansville. In 2007, she received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Southern Indiana. She was Chairman of the first BMW DRIVE FOR THE CURE and involved in the first Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" in Evansville as Chairman of "In the Pink". She taught Catholic CCD classes. She was a member of the Weed and Seed Garden Club in Evansville and the Big Arts Great Books Club in Sanibel, Florida. She was the "o" member of MOKAZ, the famous birthday group.
Rosemary earned a Private Pilots license, learned to sail and race sailboats, and won the 2002 9 hole golf tournament at the Evansville Country Club, She ran for City Council at large, played tennis, water skied, snow skied, traveled around the world twice, visited every state in the union. All this while having five children: Mary Ellen Farabaugh (Ray), Sean Patrick O'Daniel, Mary Patricia Samila (Mark), Michael Joseph O'Daniel (Elizabeth "Missy"), Erin Nicholas O'Daniel (Lynda). She is now survived by 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Pat and Rosemary are members of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Evansville Indiana and St. Isabel's Catholic Church in Sanibel, Florida.
Rosemary was predeceased by her parents, Miles Nicholas Lancaster and Mary Ruth Settles Lancaster, her sister, Pamela Ruth Lancaster; brother, Stephen Nicholas Lancaster and grandson, Nicholas O'Daniel.
Visitation will be from 2:00 - 8:00 Sunday August 24, 2014 at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Ave., Evansville, IN 47714 with a memorial service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue from 9:30 - 10:00 am Monday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1301 S Green River Rd., Evansville, IN 47715.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 am Monday August 25, 2014 at the church with Fr. Joseph Ziliak officiating.
Entombment will be at St. Joseph Mausoleum.
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Published in Courier Press on Aug. 23, 2014