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Rosemary Fagot FOOSE Obituary
FOOSE, Rosemary Fagot

Rosemary Fagot Foose went home to heaven on November 13, 2013, where she was met with loving and open arms by her daughter Marleasa Kerr, along with her parents, sisters and brother, and other beloved family members. She will be greatly missed by her husband Dr. Karl Foose, her son Randy Kerr, her daughter Shaunessy (Kerr) Bloom, her step-daughter Beth Anne (Foose) Mitchell, her grandchildren JR Kerr, Jessica Kerr, Korrine (Kerr) Carrera, Krystal Kerr, and Pfeiffer Bloom, as well as her ten great grandchildren, especially her "boyfriend" 1 year old great-grandson, Kai. Her sister Juana and her brothers John, JoJo, David, and Chris, will also be here to keep the party going and the blue crabs steaming until they get to see her again. Born in Bonanza, Nicaragua, Rosemary was the mother hen of her siblings and a true hero and matriarch for her entire extended family and friends. With only a third grade education, Rosemary began her career working as a ten year old in the gold mines with her grandparents. At age 17, she left Nicaragua for New Orleans where she joined the United States Navy as a WAVE. Her basic training was completed at Hunter College and Naval Intelligence training at Iowa State. She was subsequently assigned as a personal Yeoman and translator for Captain W.B. Howe. As part of her service, Rosemary was chosen to fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to help translate the surrender and transfer of a German submarine to the US Government. Although, she was eligible to receive a promotion to Chief Petty Officer, Rosemary chose to be discharged First Class in Jacksonville, FL, so she could move on to begin her 40 year career as a dressmaker for the rich and famous in Palm Beach, FL. Her talents as a dressmaker knew no bounds, with many clients calling at all hours for her to produce a miracle for them. Even Rose Kennedy, mother to President John F. Kennedy, who often shared tea time with Rosemary, was privy to her dressmaking finesse and featured one of Rosemary's creations in her book, Times to Remember. In 1961, Rosemary was invited by the Kennedy family to sit on the inaugural platform and her dress won the evening's top prize at the inaugural ball. Rosemary also took great joy in her philanthropic endeavors. One of her favorite charitable contributions occurred in 1976 when Rosemary and her beloved husband Karl raised $10,000 and collected three plane loads of supplies for the survivors of the earthquake in Santiago Sacatapeque, Guatemala, which is the town where they were married 38 years ago. Rosemary lived a life like no other, from her talents as a dressmaker to her patriotic loyalty to her country. However, it was her devotion to her family that is perhaps her most notable achievement, as she spent her life ensuring everyone was taken care of so that she could go home to heaven knowing everyone would be okay until she gets to see them again. Her home in heaven will undoubtedly be a multipurpose seamstress studio and dream chef's kitchen decorated with roosters and butterflies to her heart's content, with a surround sound radio playing her favorite music as she dances away with her family awaiting the rest of us to get there and join the party. While her family and friends will miss her more than words can measure, God has gained an angel and is surely standing in line to get some of the edges from Rosemary's renowned pineapple upside down cake. Please join our family in celebrating Rosemary's life at a Funeral Mass on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 10:30 AM at Saint Juliana's Catholic Church, West Palm Beach, FL. We will also be paying our respects with a viewing on Friday, November 15, 2013 from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM in the chapel at Mizelle-Faville-Zern Funeral Home, 6411 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33405 with a homily service to be held at 7:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, our family would like to request that you make a donation in Rosemary's name to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 as they have been like angels on earth during this most difficult time and words cannot express our deepest gratitude to every nurse and music therapist we were blessed to have help us care for our beloved Rosemary. QUATTLEBAUM FUNERAL HOME (561) 832-5171

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Nov. 14 to Nov. 17, 2013
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