Rosemary Blankenship (11/09/1929 - 05/20/2011)

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  • "Rosemary is one of the nicest people I've ever met. A few..."
    - Diane Folland
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November 9, 1929 -
May 20, 2011

Rosemary passed away May 20, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born November 9, 1929 to Jacob and Mary Elizabeth (Adler) Walter, in Mohler, Washington. She moved with her parents to Ritzville when they retired from farming and graduated from high school in 1947. Rosemary married Vern Schwisow in 1948 after attending WSU for a year. Vern passed away in 1966 and Rosemary remarried Joel Blankenship in 1975. Joel also preceded her in death. Rosemary was well known in Ritzville after working many years in the local pharmacies and insurance office. She is survived by her children, Michael Schwisow (Jane); Susan Thaut (Mark) and Sandra Head (Mark) and two stepdaughters, Judy Cogswell (Warren) and Jolene Swain. In the extended family are 18 nieces and nephews, six grandchildren, eight stepgrandchildren and 17 stepgreat-grandchildren. Rosemary's brothers and sisters, Jacob Walter, Henrietta Plymale, Helen Gullidge, Karl Walter and Viola Jean Lilla have all passed before her. She was a Member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Ritzville, where she and the other Quilting Queens dedicated thousands of hours to bringing comfort to those less fortunate by making quilts that were distributed around the world. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, May 25, 1:00 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Ritzville, Washington. Viewing will be Tuesday, May 24th from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, May 25th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville. Memorials may be made in her name to Emanuel Lutheran Church and Hospice of Spokane. Arrangements are in the care of DANEKAS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, RITZVILLE, WA. Please visit and leave a condolence message at

Published in Spokesman-Review from May 24 to May 25, 2011
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