Rosemary H. Bratten, 81, of Edwardsville, Illinois, died at 4:02 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2012 in Edwardsville. She was born September 30, 1930 in Edwardsville, the daughter of the late John L. and Amelia G. (Talleur) Jones.
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On August 18, 1947, Rosemary married Maxwell W. Bratten at St. Boniface. He survives.
As a life long member of St. Boniface Church Rosemary served in many capacities. She was one of the original founding members of the St.Vincent DePaul Parish Conference and participated for many years. She served on the St. Boniface Cemetery Board as Treasurer for 15 years. She served as Eucharistic Minister and organized the Greeters Program. She was active in the Annual Bonifest and served as chairman of the Plant Stand for 10 years. Rosemary was the first to serve as this area's representative for the Ameren Warm Neighbors Program and did so for over 10 years.
Rosemary was a long time member of the Chamber of Commerce and served as President in 1978. In 1989 she was the first recipient to win the ATHENA Award now known as the Tallerico Leadership Award. Rosemary was an Edwardsville Alderman of Ward 5 from 1993-1999. In her retirement years she also served as an Election Judge.
Rosemary was a charter member of the Lioness Club of Edwardsville whose members became Lions in March 1985. As a Lioness she served as President. As an Edwardsville Lion she served as Treasurer for over ten years. During that time she was responsible for the Lions Club involvement in the Leclaire Fall Festival. Within her district she was coordinator of the Lions of Illinois Foundation Sight and Sound Sweepstakes, Lions of Illinois Foundation Memorial and Endowments and served as District 1-G Women's Initiative Chairperson. On the state level she served as Chairperson of Women's Membership Development. July 2007 at the Lions 90th International Convention in Chicago, she became the District Governor for District 1-G. For that year she was responsible for the 50 Lions Clubs in her district. The following honors were bestowed upon PDG Rosemary; Lions International Foundation Fellow, Lions of Illinois Foundation Fellow and Lion of the Year for her club.
Rosemary always took pleasure in helping others in need.
She worked at Hoover Grocery Store in Edwardsville, as an usher at the Wildey Theatre, ECCO Creamery Co. for 15 years, Thiems Construction, and J. Craig Construction.
Rosemary is survived by her husband, as well as one daughter, Theresa L. Morrison, of Edwardsville; one grandson, Alexander S. Morrison, of Carlyle; two sisters, Betty Bange, of Edwardsville, and Gail Ann Adams, of Collinsville; and many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul L. and Herschel J. Jones; and one son-in-law, Gerald L. Morrison.
Visiting hours will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at Saksa Mateer Funeral Home. Funeral service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 9, 2012 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville with Fr. Jeff Goeckner officiating. Interment will be at St. Boniface Cemetery in Edwardsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Edwardsville Lions Club or the Angel Fund at St. Boniface.
Arrangements handled by Saksa Mateer Funeral Home.
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from July 3 to July 6, 2012