Rosemary W. Christiansen Summit Rosemary W. Christiansen, 89, formerly of Summit, died on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Robinson Terrace Nursing Home in Stamford where she had been a resident for a brief time. Born March 13, 1925 in New York City, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Lillian (Beck) Ward. Rosemary was a 1943 graduate of Baldwin High School, Baldwin, NY and married Charles A. Christiansen on March 11, 1944. They raised their five children on Long Island, where she worked as a bookkeeper for the family business. Rosemary was active in the Welcome Wagon and in 1976, they permanently moved to Summit. She was an active member of the Summit Seniors, Grange and a communicant of the former St. Anna's Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Charles A. Christiansen Sr.; five children, Charles A. (Cori) Christiansen Jr. of Ballston Spa, Christine Christiansen and Ralph Cornwell of Melvin Village, NH, Randi Christiansen Roberts of Ballston Spa, Jeanne Christiansen (Ron Cleeve), Cobleskill, and Rosemary Posie (Dennis) Shaw of Richmondville; three siblings, James (Linda) Ward of Arizona, Sr. Jeanne Du Espirit, LSP, Washington, DC and Lillian Taylor of Arizona; 12 grandchildren, Scott Christiansen, Kelly Koch, Andrea Singer, Britt Widerstrom, Lisa Corkins, Erik Widerstrom, Peter John Brancato III, Zachary Stahlecker, Skylar Shaw, Sophia Shaw, Shilo Christiansen and Shei Christiansen; 11 beloved great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. A period of visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 138 Washington Ave., Cobleskill. Burial will follow in Summit Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to either Little Sisters of the Poor, Richmondville Volunteer Emergency Squad, PO Box 11, Richmondville, NY 12149 or Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 795 E. Main St., Suite 11, Cobleskill, NY 12043. For further information and the provision for online condolences, please visit www.merenessputnamfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on May 14, 2014