Rosemary Kinsella Burlingame, 94, of Scranton, Pa., a most remarkable woman, died September 29 in Hospice Community Care Center, Dunmore, Pa., after a brief illness caused by complications from an infection. A person of wit and accomplishment, she ascribed to Mark Twain's thoughts on a final destination: "Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company."
Rosemary was born May 2, 1919, in the Notch section of Scranton. The daughter of Kathleen O'Malley Kinsella and Thomas Kinsella, she was the oldest of seven siblings: Thomas, Joseph, Gene (Eugene), Jack, Helen (Hart) and Liz (Elizabeth Moore Fennel). Jack is the sole survivor.
On April 26, 1943, Rosemary married her great love, Edward F. Burlingame, a Pennsylvania state trooper and avid golfer, who was a devoted husband and loving father to their four children. During their 60-year marriage, Rosemary and Ed resided in Throop, Dunmore and Scranton, Pa., as well as Myrtle Beach, S.C.
In his retirement, Rosemary embraced her husband's passion for golf, learning to play at age 70 and enjoying the game with Ed on the beautiful courses of Myrtle Beach, which she loved. Rosemary followed a daily fitness routine, including riding her exercise bike until the day before she was hospitalized. Her daily routine also included sharing her thoughts and experiences with her many friends. She was proud of her Irish heritage and loved singing Irish songs. She also loved a good game of pinochle.
Rosemary had a lifelong love of learning and was a voracious reader. Her favorite poem was Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Owl and The Pussycat." She was proud of her excellent math skills, which she used to tutor her children and grandchildren. Rosemary was well known for her scores of adages, recently compiled by the family as "The Tao of Rosemary." Here are a few of her favorite expressions:
"Half the things you worry about never happen." "They get along like the devil and holy water." "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride." "Do your best, forget the rest. The angels can do no more."
Rosemary graduated from Scranton Technical High School in 1936, with students like Emil de Antonio, Hollywood producer and director. Before she wed, Rosemary worked for the Bell Telephone Co., but for most of her married life, she was a homemaker. She did, however, work for a few years in the Registration Office of Scranton.
Rosemary is survived by her children, Ann Marie (F. Kevin Boland), Barbara (Louis Ragonese, deceased), Kathleen (Mike Kudrich) and Brian (Susan Barnhart Weise); four grandchildren, Maureen Boland (Brett Surbey), Michael Kudrich, Jinu (Bijal Patel) and Kevin Ragonese; three extraordinary great-grandchildren, Nora, Anna and Bevin Surbey; Aunt Alice O'Malley Gavin of Woodstock, Ga.; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. Rosemary's husband Ed predeceased her on August 28, 2003.
The family wishes to give special thanks to the excellent, caring staff of both the Hospice Community Care Center in Dunmore and the Moses Taylor Hospital ICU in Scranton.
Services will be held Sunday, October 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main St., Peckville, PA 18452. Phone: 570-489-6622. Website: margottafuneralhomes.com
A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Cross Parish, St. Patrick's Church, Olyphant, Pa., Monday, October 7, at 9:30 a.m. and interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, beside her husband.
For Rosemary's pride in our military, especially the Navy, and her love of mentoring and education, the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the Travis Manion Foundation.
Please indicate "Rosemary Burlingame" in the online "notes" section, or if donating by check in the "memo or comment." Donations may be made online at www.travismanion.org/
or by mail to: Travis Manion Foundation, 10 South Clinton St., Suite 102, Doylestown, PA 18901.