Rosemary Kearney Lavelle, 62, a resident of Roaring Brook Twp., formerly of South Scranton, died Wednesday at home. She was the wife of Leonard J. Lavelle III. The couple would have celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on Sept. 16.
Born in Scranton, the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Ruane Kearney, she was a 1968 graduate of South Catholic High School, a member of St. Eulalia's Church and a former member of Nativity of Our Lord Church.
Fiercely proud of her Irish ancestry, Rosemary embraced the traditions of loyalty and commitment, always placing family and friends first. After staying home to raise her daughters, she returned to school while working at the University of Scranton. There, she earned her bachelor's degree in communication and her master's degree in school counseling, Magna Cum Laude. She loved working as a guidance counselor at East Stroudsburg High School North. She embraced the school community, as they did her and she found much fulfillment in her work advocating for her students. Rosemary loved to travel. Clearing a path with her exhaustive research and love of adventure, she led family and friends on trips around the globe. With her strong faith in God and relentless courage, she was able to bravely face the challenges of her cancer. Throughout her illness, her hope and grace continued to guide her.
Rosemary treasured her relationship with Dr. Kristin Liptock. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Liptock for her devotion and gentle spirit in caring for Rosemary.
Also surviving are two daughters, Maura Osborne and her husband, Tom, Jefferson Twp.; and Karen Keeler and Larry Mitchell, Brooklyn, N.Y.; a sister, Maureen Kearney, Clarks Summit; and two grandchildren, Joseph and Grace Osborne.
The funeral will be Monday at 9:45 a.m. from the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, 3 First St., Spring Brook Twp., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in Nativity of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St., Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Cyril Edwards.
A visitation will be held Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. To leave an online condolence, visit www.strauch funeralhomes.com