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Rosemary Smullen

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Rosemary Smullen

South Burlington - Rosemary Smullen, a longtime resident of South Burlington, VT, passed away peacefully among members of her family on August 8, 2018. "Rosie" or "Nana," as she was known, was 88 at the time of her passing.

Rosie was born on June 6, 1930, in Throop, PA, the youngest of three daughters of Natalie and Albert Znoski. Following graduation from Dickson City High, Rosie, a stunning beauty, worked as a model for the Scranton Globe Department Store. While participating in a fashion show, she caught the eye of a visiting professional baseball player, Richard "Dick" Smullen. Dick described their initial contact as 'love at first sight'. He fell hard for Rosie and vowed to marry her before they had even met! Dick and Rosie married within six weeks and enjoyed nearly 65 years together. Sadly, Dick passed away three weeks ago. Nevertheless, Rosie was resolute and determined to go on as she so treasured life. Rosie fought hard until the very end, and now she, Dick, and their late son, Jim, are reunited once again.

Together, Dick and Rosie raised five loving children, and could always be spotted attending local athletic and school events for their children and grandchildren. She was adored by her eight grandchildren who called her "Nana."

Rosemary was the rock of the family - solid, calm and gentle, never needy or complaining, truly selfless to a fault. Family was always her top priority. Her work ethic, zest for life, devotion to family, and fierce loyalty to friends made her the Rosie we all admired so much. Forever humble, understated, and classy, she had such a flair for fashion and an elegant grace about her. A role model for us all.

She was an avid bowler and enjoyed many years of playing on local teams - a strong competitor. Even in her 80's, Rosie could throw strikes to the delight of her family. She traveled extensively in Europe with her dear friend, Helen Maynard - so enjoying the excitement and enrichment those trips brought to her life.

And how Rosie loved Christmas! Owning hundreds of cherished ornaments, she spent weeks decorating and baking in preparation for the holidays. There was no better place to celebrate Christmas than Dick and Rosie's, and their family from near and far would flock to their home each December. Rosie's 'Christmas Spirit' is now in the hands of her children and grandchildren who will make every effort to emulate the Christmas traditions Rosie instilled.

She brought light and joy to all that knew her, happiest when she made others happy. It was the little things in life that Rosie cherished - nature and gardening, always making sure her yard was filled with colorful blooms. She had a bird feeder hung just outside her kitchen window and marveled at the beauty of the cardinals, yellow finches, and hummingbirds that came to visit. She treasured daily walks with friends through the neighborhood's path up to Spear Street. Following her daily walks, particularly in Vermont's chilly months, she enjoyed nothing more than sitting in her favorite chair by the warm fireplace with a cup of coffee and beloved cats nearby.

Rosie was predeceased by her sisters and their spouses, Victor and Dorothy Barron and Jules and Mildred Koveleski of Dickson City, PA , dear friend Barbara Bullis of Burlington, her son, James Austin, and husband Dick Smullen. She leaves behind, her son Michael and wife, Traci of Sarasota, FL, daughter Kathy and longtime companion, Bob Bueller, of Boca Raton, FL, daughter Cindy and husband Bob Blais of Seattle, WA, daughter Barbara and husband Pete Fyles of South Burlington, VT, and daughter in law, Chris Smullen of South Burlington, VT. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren that she loved dearly and five great grandchildren with two on the way, two very special nieces Dottie Gentille and Lorna Holcomb of Scranton and Peckville, PA and lifelong friend Pat Heavner of Burlington.

The world is a better place because of Rosie. She will be missed immensely by her family and friends. Rosie taught us to be grateful for our blessings, to never dwell on what we lack, and to find the marvelous beauty in everyone we meet and all that we see. Thank you, Rosie, for being our angel here, and forever.

A private ceremony with immediate family will be held in the near future. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to either of the following charities:

Camp Ta- Kum- Ta

Po Box 479

South Hero, VT 05486

Phone: (802)372-5863

Humane Society of Chittenden County

142 Kindness Court

South Burlington, VT 05403

Phone: (802) 862-0135

Arrangements in care of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, VT
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 11, 2018
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